Discovering Mission and Call for our Lives

I’m reading a few books on discernment, specifically because I’m at a place in my life and ministry where I’m asking “God, what is your mission and call for my life.” I’ve turned to two resources: “Discernment:  Reading the Signs of Daily life” by Henri Nouwen “Discernment, God’s Will & Living Jesus:  Christian Discernment as…

QA Session: Church Struggles and Hopes

Meet my friend Rachel (pseudonym).  She courageously took the time to do a QA with me.  Rachel is someone who loves Jesus in deep ways AND also struggles with church experiences she’s had in the past. As a minister in the marketplace, I come across employees who have experienced deep pains in church settings and…

Homily – The Shepherd

Readings:  1 Peter 5:1-4, Psalm 23, Matthew 16:13-19 In today’s readings, the ongoing theme tying each passage is Shepherd.  Peter and King David are key figures, with Jesus as the Chief Shepherd.  It’s beautiful how our faith tradition has put together passages like this so that we might see the coherence throughout the biblical narrative. …

A Prayer of Desire by Thomas Merton

Source: A Prayer of Desire by Thomas Merton “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will…

Current Theological Heritage and Values

I have to write a paper and think through my “theological heritage/tradition”. I feel a bit lost trying to think through what it is. I grew up in a pentecostal (apostolic assembly/latino) church until my early twenties. In my twenties, I was part of a small congregation that was in part getting influenced by the…

Keep Calm and Quiet

  Psalm 131 My heart is not proud, Lord,     my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters     or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,     I am like a weaned child with its mother;     like a weaned child I am content. 3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord…

God Catching Our Attention

We don’t read the bible to get close to God.  We read the bible to discover how close God has already been to us.

A Good Definition on Legalism

A good definition on Legalism (also described as superstition by Dallas Willard):   Legalism: [a ]claim that overt action in conforming to rules for explicit behavior is what makes us right and pleasing to God and worthy of blessing.   Dallas Willard I grew up in a system that perpetuated conforming to rules that I might…