Group communication “sad?” Try on some Virginia Satir.
My new group reminded me of two things Virginia Satir taught me: 1) Tell your own story, 2) Be aware of your communication style.
Slander divides: Six ways to overcome it
Trump has unleashed a slanderfest. If it threatenes to swallow you, what are some things you can do? I’ve needed to try a few myself!
The Upside-down Apocalypse: Power fantasies be damned
My acquaintance, Jeremy Duncan, wrote an intriguing commentary on Revelation that makes so much sense I wanted to add my review to advertise it.
A call to prayer: Frodo and Sza on Mt. Doom
The dialogue Frodo has with Sam and Gollum on Mt. Doom is just like what is happening in us (and Sza).
The Spirit of God is Praying for You
Forget cetrainty. Prayer is all about discerning the presence of God who is constantly praying for us, who desires to be with us and hopes to see us flourish.
The Sad History of Christians Co-opted by the Powerful
The good things Jesus creates and recreates in the world are always threatened by some power that wants to co-opt them or just eliminate their alternativity.
The Common Emotion Wheels Need Unpacking
The emotion wheel charts imply emotions just happen in us, they are built in, “it is what it is.” I not only think we make meaning of our thoughts and feelings, I think we make choices that create them and heal them.
Beyond Trauma and Resilience Is Love
Psalm 139 has always been a good reminder, a symbolic representation, of what we all know in our deepest hearts beyond our brokenness. We were created in love.
I am Disconnected: Why? Can I change?
A perfect storm of troubles has atomized the country and wicked people are capitalizing on our disconnection to seize power and keep us divided, as they historically do in such circumstances. What should we do?
The Wonder of Being Saved: A collection of Ways
Nobody in The Whale wanted to be saved. If you do, there are many ways to get there and stay there.
FFF #17 — Brendon Grimshaw and his Seychelles wonder
I loved being in solidarity with the Fridays for the Future climate strikers.
The church in the rearview mirror
While on retreat I get some vision for my future that might help you move on, too.
I believe in you: I’m rarely talking about me
My 50th reunion gives me a lot to love about the community I have.
Jesus gives 5 ways to endure the shame: Kansans lead the way
The first followers of Jesus would applaud the declarations of independence from corrupt Christianity some people are proclaiming.
Should I forgive them if they never offer an apology?
Forgiveness is hard under all circumstances. When reconciliation is unlikely, it is even harder.
“How I Got Over:” Mahalia Jackson helps us do 2022
I have been singing with Mahalia all year. She did, indeed, help me get over.
The new movement of the Spirit takes lament, commitment, action
Time with the Jesus Collective inspires me to move with the Spirit now.
Overwhelm: The feeling and what we can do about it
The word of the year might be “overwhelm.” Better to name it than just wear it.
Three reasons the Trump effect is not over yet
The elements of the Trump effect are not going away too soon. The wickedness has a “trickle down” impact.
In this uncertain now: Who are you Lord and who am I?
I have had a tough couple of years in a few ways. How about you? Who are you and who is God now?
Top ten posts from the past — many of them read more than 2023’s
- Exploring DBT skills with Jesus: Ever thought you’re an idiot? Read this
- A spiritual midwife: God’s helpers in birthing new life
- The Stages of Faith: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
- FFF #17 — Brendon Grimshaw and his Seychelles wonder
- Undo triangulation in the church: Practice Matthew 18
- Who Are You? — In honor of Teresa de Jesus
- The relationship cutoff: 10 reasons it is so common these days
- Three Ways to Stop the Argument in Your Head
- Transformation Formulas: The Biotic Math of Jesus
- Patsy Cline Leads the Way After the Midnight of the World