30 Jun 2016

What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

The movie “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993) is a thought-provoking character study of a dysfunctional family. After his father’s death, Gilbert (Johnny Depp) has to care for his special needs brother

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05 May 2016

Out of Focus

It is amazing what you can get used to. As I type this on my computer I am staring at the screen of an old monitor that is out of

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21 Apr 2016

Wired for Service

I had the privilege of watching my grandchildren the other day. While emptying the dishwasher one of my 19-month old granddaughters started taking the silverware out. One by one, she

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07 Mar 2016

FIRST: The Prayer of Examen

As I entered into the world of spiritual formation I was introduced to a number of different ways to pray. One form of prayer that really resonated with me was

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11 Feb 2016

Out of the Ordinary

I came across this familiar phrase in my reading the other day…..out of the ordinary. My mind immediately went to the typical meanings like “exceptional, extraordinary and remarkable”. For some

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28 Jan 2016

The Benefit of Wonder

“Our culture is awe-deprived,” says Paul Piff, Ph.D. “We spend more time looking down at our phones than up at the sky.”(Ways to Get More Awe in Your Life, Good

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25 Jan 2016

FIRST: Solitude and Silence

Let me be blunt…..my first experience with the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence was uncomfortably eye opening for me. I was attending a spiritual retreat that incorporated the experience

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21 Jan 2016

Songbook Journaling

Would you like an idea for all the old Salvation Army Songbooks now cluttering up your shelves? Try Songbook Journaling.  This takes regular, everyday journaling to a whole new level. 

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15 Oct 2015

Think Globally, Act Locally

Care of the earth has certainly been in the news lately.  The Environmental Protection Agency is targeted for lawsuits in the wake of a toxic spill in the Animas River

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08 Oct 2015

Write It Down!

Have you ever found yourself thinking a thought and saying to yourself “How did I get here?”  It might have been a moment when you were thinking about what you

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10 Sep 2015

Quieting the Noise

The greatest impact on my spiritual growth has been my exposure to and practice of spiritual disciplines. I was privileged to sit under the teachings of author and speaker Ruth

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09 Jul 2015

‘Pure in Heart’

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  —Matthew 5:8 Our hearts can be full of healthy things, or they can be full of other things. What

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