Category Archives: The Autumn Season of 2011

Living life on a mission…..

Henri Nouwen brings us another thought on calling. When we live our lives as missions, we become aware that there is a home from which we are sent and to which we have to return. We start thinking about ourselves … Continue reading

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Sent into the world to entertain ourselves to death?

My previous posts on calling sparked some response which was encouraging to me. In this world of working with children at risk, the word “calling” often appears. I think it is critically important that hold this gently. We must walk … Continue reading

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What do you want?

Our pastor, Ricardo Salazar, is doing a series on the book of John. I like it when pastors dig into a specific book of the Bible and “chew” their way through – I appreciate the fact that he is pouring … Continue reading

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Friction that moves us toward God…..

Restlessness. Loneliness. Disorientation. At different moments the world shifts a bit and we feel the friction. Nouwen challenges us to lean into the friction, not work against it. The many contradictions in our lives – such as being home while … Continue reading

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Growing Up

I told them I would write about them, and so I will. I did a road trip this past weekend with four high school men – young men to be sure, but men, not boys. We’ve crossed over that line … Continue reading

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Broken and Spilled Out – More Thoughts on Calling

Oswald Chambers continues this thoughts on calling. We make calls out of our own spiritual consecration, but when we get right with God He brushes all these aside, and rivets us with a pain that is terrific to one thing … Continue reading

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Notes on Calling and Mystery

We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does … Continue reading

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Whom shall I send?

In the year that King Uzziah died, or in the year that John F. Kennedy died, or in the year that somebody you loved died, you go into the temple if that is your taste, or you hide your face … Continue reading

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Garden Politics and the World of Children at Risk

Good morning! Warmth. Water. Air. My youngest son and I are in the midst of a botany course. Last week we “woke up” a mixture of seeds by hanging them in a ziploc bag from the clothesline. The warmth of … Continue reading

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Awaken!

I’ve always paused to think about the disciples waiting in the garden, wondering how they could have fallen asleep…..but you never have to wonder long, because we fall asleep all the time. We are asleep. We spend most of our … Continue reading

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