Monthly Archives: May 2007

Thursday, Bonhoeffer and Spiritual Direction

It’s Thursday (my Friday) and I sit in the lounge space at Regent College awaiting a meeting with a potential Spiritual Director. More on that below. I had the rare opportunity to drive into work today, so I took the time to listen to yet another one of Krista Tippett’s podcasts from Speaking of Faith....

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Jesus Is Merciful

“Jesus, the Blessed Child of God, is merciful. Showing mercy is different from having pity. Pity connotes distance, even looking down upon. When a beggar asks for money and you give him something out of pity, you are not showing mercy. Mercy comes from a compassionate heart; it comes from a desire to be an...

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Artistic imagination as subversive prophetic engagement

I had to stop and look more closely at Chris Jordan’s art collection that I posted a link to yesterday. In the world of the web, things are often glanced over and little attention is given to the detail that comprises the message in an image or artistic piece. In many ways, this skimming "web...

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Some worthwhile link thingies to click on and read…

Will Willimon tees up a Dr King quote that is just as prophetic and piercing today as it was in his context…it’s about how the church should be a thermostat rather than thermometer. Julie Clawson at Onehandclapping points to Chris Jordan’s Photography collection called Running the numbers. It looks at contemporary American culture through the...

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New Podcast worth subscribing to…

Speaking of Faith is a new podcast that explores religion. “Each week, host Krista Tippett focuses on a different theme, asking writers, thinkers and theologians to discuss how religion shapes everyday life.” Here is a link to a good interview with Shane Claiborne talking about the New Monastics There are also some additional interviews with...

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Hanging out…

Tonight my wife and kids and I decided some deck time in the back yard was necessary. With laptop in hand and some music playing through the speakers, we were enjoying God’s good creation and the deck our friend Stacey built for us last spring. Here are some pics… Can you see my daughter trying...

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A holistic spirituality…

"Why do people think the spiritual life demands withdrawal from the ordinary? Because they’ve been taught, at least by implication, that the physical is a block to the spiritual. When we assume that the spiritual, unlike the physical, is impervious to corrosion, then we assume that all things material are not to be honored. But...

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Jesus is Poor

"Jesus, the Blessed One, is poor. The poverty of Jesus is much more than an economic or social poverty. Jesus is poor because he freely chose powerlessness over power, vulnerability over defensiveness, dependency over self-sufficiency. As the great "Song of Christ" so beautifully expresses: "He … did not count equality with God something to be...

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More justice in our burb…

My wife brought to my attention this article from the Local NOW paper in Surrey. It tells of a 7-11 store manager who initiated a free drink campaign for the homeless people that frequently hung around his store. Here is what happened: “A key business partner in the kind of award-winning work Staff Sgt. Barry...

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Justice in my burb…

The place where I live in Surrey, British Columbia was considered a suburb of Vancouver initially, until it became it’s own city. The neighbourhood of St. Helen’s park (the one we live in) is a well-kept, tight-knit community with it’s own association that advocates to keep the integrity of the neighbourhood intact. As most people...

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Community, Discernment, Compassion, and Justice

There is the old saying that no man (one) is an island. That could not be more true. Even in the midst of our highly individualized world there is really no escaping the need or longing for community. Regardless if we are socialized into autonomous and individual tendencies and lifestyles that seek as their end...

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Leader as Listener…

Len Hjalmarson at next reformation has posted an important series about the role of leader as listener. Below are the links to this four part series which raises some important questions about leadership skills as we seek to pioneer into the future as the church.  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 8

Monday was filled with the anticipation of re-engaging the familiar. We were all missing our families and the thought of holding my wife and kids made it difficult to remain focused on the time together in the morning. The fact that I could not sleep well the night before did not help the matter. I...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 7

[NOTE: I have uploaded a bunch of pictures from the Spiritual Formation retreat as well as created a category on the left. Just click on the picture on the side bar and it'll take you to the photo album or click on the Centre for Spiritual Formation link under the categories section to get to...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 6

Day six (Saturday) was the day we all looked forward to. It was time to make our way outward and visit with Tim Dickau from Grandview Calvary Baptist Church on the East Side of Vancouver. We gathered after morning prayers and breakfast and began the trek toward the bus station. After the bus ride, we...

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