We’re All In This Soup Together

We’re looking at two bedrock prerequisites behind the prayer of confession — the prayer of self-awareness and self-disclosure. Last time, we looked at the first: our worth or preciousness are non-negotiable givens. So, we don’t have to observe religious rituals to curry God’s favor. This time, we look at the second:  we’re all in this […]

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I Was Being Kind of an Ass…

But in my defense – I didn’t know I was. The story I was telling myself, is that I was being strong, and dependable, and sturdy. In the story I was telling myself, I was the good guy. My wife was the bad one. But I was wrong. And thank God, someone had taught me […]

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Easter 2015

Death. That’s an ugly topic for a happy day like Easter! But don’t judge too quickly. Turns out that keeping our death ever before us is part of the ancient wisdom – and is in fact, a pathway into a deepened experience of life. Have a listen, Doug  

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Palm Sunday 2015

Crushing disappointment. Who wants to celebrate that!? But if we reflect on what happens to us in the seasons of our lives when the inevitability of pain, suffering, and hopelessness washes over our lives. — we realize they often invite us into seasons of deep transformation. Forewarned is forearmed. We could work with these dark times […]

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We’ve seen in this lesson, that the lives we live in the few years we get on this earth, are deeply affected by a simple pattern… Thoughts create desires. Desires create actions. Actions create habits. Habits create the very lives we live. We’ve seen that the prayers of detachment we’ve discussed (fasting, simplicity, solitude), are designed to break up […]

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People! Their voices are always in us. Their expectations. Their beliefs. Their values. And those voices run deep! We don’t usually recognize them for what they are. We usually just think they’re our own minds telling us “The Way Things Are.” So, the unexamined life (you know; the one Socrates said was not worth living) becomes […]

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Do Sensible People Still Pray? Really? (3)

Most people I know have given up on praying–at least given up on prayer the way most Christians have been taught to pray. We continue this pretty lengthy lesson, reframing prayer in our minds, hoping that we can once again access this ancient life-breath of the spiritual journey. Have a listen, Doug  

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Do Sensible People Still Pray? Really? (1)

Most people I know have given up on praying–at least given up on prayer the way most Christians have been taught to pray. I’m beginning a pretty lengthy lesson today, reframing prayer in our minds, hoping that we can once again access this ancient life-breath of the spiritual journey. Have a listen, Doug  

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