Spirituality is imperfect

Jul 18, 2018 by

Last week at our Mustard Seed House community meeting, we made lavender wands. We had perfect examples to follow, many of them beautiful images from Pinterest and DIY websites. We had good instructions with...

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Creating with God

May 30, 2018 by

According to Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, God created the world by imagination, yet for many of us imagination and creativity are rarely associated with our faith. Our playful imaginative selves often...

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A God who likes to have fun

Apr 17, 2018 by

Imagine what our lives would look like if they really flowed to the rhythm God intends for us. Imagine what a sustainable pace that allows time for work and rest, solitude and community, fasting, feasting and...

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The foolish voices of God

Mar 12, 2018 by

For love of the world, God did foolish things. As you can imagine, I have thought a lot about this over the past couple of weeks and I find myself asking some challenging questions as a result. Who are the...

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A spiritual audit for the new year

Jan 3, 2018 by

Happy new year and welcome to a year filled with incredible potential. We have enjoyed the excitement of fireworks and New Year parties. All of us have hopes and expectations for the months that lie ahead. It...

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Grow joy this Christmas

Nov 28, 2017 by

The Eternal God planted a garden in the east in Eden—a place of utter delight—and placed the man whom He had sculpted there. In this garden, He made the ground pregnant with life—bursting forth with...

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For God so loved the world

Sep 25, 2017 by

For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son… Like many of us, John 3:16 was the first verse that I memorized. In my early days as a Christian, it spoke to me of God’s love for me as an...

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Living into the Sabbath

Jun 16, 2017 by

In her book Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture, Francine Klagsbrun introduces us to the wonder of the Sabbath day. She calls it a miracle because no such day existed until it appeared full-blown in...

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Why do we abuse women?

May 8, 2017 by

Mary Magdalene has become one of my favorite New Testament figures. She is also one of the most misused and abused, a fitting symbol for women throughout the ages who are still misused, abused and blamed. Mary...

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Are we stuck at the cross?

Apr 10, 2017 by

It’s Holy Week. Sunday we progressed around the church with our palm fronds singing hosanna, reminding ourselves of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. From here we walk with Jesus toward the cross...

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Giving up fear for Lent

Feb 28, 2017 by

I have started observing Lent early. The hate, anger and animosity I see around me is overwhelming, and I think at its heart is fear. What are we afraid of? This is a question I have reflected on a lot this...

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A glimpse of hope

Jan 23, 2017 by

The past week has been a very challenging week. The inauguration on Friday of a new president, followed by protest marches across the U.S. and around the world, have had many of us oscillating between despair...

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Jesus, Moses and the rights and wrongs of leadership

Aug 16, 2016 by

In response to Andy Wade’s Sunday morning reflection at our Celtic retreat, I have been rereading and pondering the Beatitudes in Matt. 5:1-12 this week. The passage begins with a phrase I had never noticed...

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5 tips for paying attention to your life

May 26, 2016 by

What does it mean to pay attention to your life? I am contemplating that question as I sit in my quiet place listening to the birds sing and watching the mountains glow in the early morning light. Paying...

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Are we hungry for more?

Feb 22, 2016 by

I have never really been hungry, at least not by necessity. I occasionally fast a meal (a little more frequently during this season of Lent), and like so many in our society go on a spring diet to try and lose...

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Preparing for Ash Wednesday

Feb 9, 2016 by

This last weekend I spent a lot of time getting myself ready for Lent. I de-cluttered my desk, re-organized my prayer gardens and wrote an Ash Wednesday prayer. At the beginning of a new liturgical season,...

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Get creative with Lent

Jan 27, 2016 by

Lent is only a few weeks away and many of us are already thinking about what we will give up for the season. Once only practiced by catholic and liturgical churches, Lent is now popular among churches of all...

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Will you follow Epiphany’s star?

Jan 5, 2016 by

The evening of Jan. 5, we will celebrate the Eve of Epiphany, the last feast of Christmas. This celebration commemorates the arrival of the magi, the wise men from the East who brought gifts to the infant...

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It’s still Christmas

Dec 29, 2015 by

Now that Christmas Day is over, many of us feel let down because the day we have been anticipating for so long is over. The malls strip their elaborate decorations and junk their remaining Christmas stocks...

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Where does spiritual formation really happen?

Jul 9, 2015 by

Spiritual formation is defined as an intentional Christian practice with the goal to develop a spiritual maturity that leads to Christ-likeness. The term brings to mind Christian spiritual practices like...

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