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StoryTelling

StoryTelling

Some years ago, one of my professors suggested that the way we tell our story reveals something about us. Eagerly I took notes, in hopes of unlocking the mystery of who we were and how we really relate. I’m sure there are many ways to think about these categories. I found them helpful:   There […]

Cloud Community

Cloud Community

I talk a lot about community –not that I’m all that good at it, which may be why I keep talking about it. One day, I hope to get good at it. As I mentioned in my post on loneliness, missionaries are not immune to feeling isolated and alone. And, because of technology today, the world […]

Dark Nights…

Dark Nights…

The literature around the “dark night of the soul” makes this point: Sometimes when we are unable to induce any kind of feeling that God exists, when we are unable to imagine God’s existence, the reason is because God is now coming into our lives in such a way that we cannot manipulate the experience through ego, […]

Loneliness & Isolation

Loneliness & Isolation

Picking up from my most recent posts, here are a few words from a missionary I know: “Loneliness & Isolation. These are the hell from which my idols offer protection. The longer we remain in the states, the more I feel these two realities and catch myself trying to avoid them, without even thinking about […]

Salty people

Salty people

Recently, I read how human resilience can be compared to salt. Resilience is the “ability to face reality: to deal with and to grow through life’s challenges.” Like salt, which flavors and preserves the quality of food and helps disinfect harmful materials, resiliency in people enhances, protects and detoxifies their quality of life. More should […]

Faith awry

Faith awry

Inspired by the many conversations I’ve had lately, these words emerged in my journal today.  I have no aspirations of becoming a poet.  Frankly, I really don’t get it.  Yet, the most powerful images of my heart find voice in verse on occasion. News, rumor, opinion: indiscernible slush. Twisted and turned around, I lose my […]

Getting it Right

Getting it Right

My friend, Ellen, has written another provocative post; this time, on exchanging the Thou for an it in worship.  She contends that in our attempt to get our theology correct (a right way of thinking about God) we have sacrificed a deeper orthodoxy (a right way of expressing God).  Her post echoes some of what […]