Matt. 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on … More Praying for My Enemies
Preamble: What follows is a brief reflection on prayer, as informed by personal experience, seminary studies, and a Master’s Thesis I wrote on the nature of prayer and attention. It interacts with prayer in ways that are likely unfamiliar to many, but which are, I assure you, quite orthodox (as in “theologically acceptable”). My intent … More Words
I watched “So You Think You Can Dance” for the first time yesterday. I had never seen a clip of the show before then. Seriously. I know you are wondering where I am going with this, but please just bear with me. For those unfamiliar with “So You Think You Can Dance”, part of the … More I Stand Amazed: Some thoughts on dancing and the solar eclipse
I have always loved personality tests. I love the questions, the analysis, poring over every word that determines exactly who I am – all of it. Yes. I am one of those! I studied psychology in college after all, a major that may not do much for my career prospects sans graduate degree but has … More Personality and Jesus – Finding God’s Heart for Who I Am
By Ryan McBride. Years ago, when I was 14 I got a girl pregnant. We didn’t know she was pregnant until she was trying on dresses for her sister’s wedding. She had passed out during the fitting. Her mom was rightfully concerned. They took her to the doctor. They ran all sorts of tests and … More Loss, pain, anger and guilt.
There was a season in my life not too long ago when hope seemed to be my enemy. There was a series of hopes in my life, both large and small, that were born, grew, and then died. Sometimes it was a gentle death, filled with respect and kindness, but it was death nonetheless. Other … More Hope for the Second Half
At every level of our culture, there is a trend to avoid vulnerability at essentially all costs. Vulnerability feels scary, raw, and sometimes just too honest. Recently, I have been reading the book Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, and it has profoundly shifted my perspective on the purpose and potential of vulnerability. If you haven’t … More The Vulnerability of a Positive Perspective