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11 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Thanks-giving Needs a Little Friction

Thanks-giving Needs a Little Friction

Thanks-giving Needs a Little Friction

We live in a “globalized, de-frictionalized, broadbanded” world, or that’s what I read in a Forbes.com article the other day. Yes, I was reading a Forbes article. You know, we camp directors have to keep up on our global-economic awareness. Of course, it is not difficult to be connected to the rest of globe nowadays. […]

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04 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Child-like Faith, pt. 2

Child-like Faith, pt. 2

Child-like Faith, pt. 2

About four months ago, I was babysitting my 2 year old granddaughter, Caia. I watched her as she walked across the kitchen and grabbed a small step stool. She struggled as she walked across the kitchen floor, half lifting, half dragging that stool that was almost as big as she was. She took it over […]

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28 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Child-like Faith, pt. 1

Child-like Faith, pt. 1

Child-like Faith, pt. 1

I was several years in to exploring this contemplative life. I would often just sit with God – being in his presence. One morning, I went into my sacred space – a comfy chair in a quiet corner of our house set aside for simply being with God.   I found myself dwelling on a particular […]

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21 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on I’ve got nothing

I’ve got nothing

I’ve got nothing

I’ve got Nothing. Recently, I was invited to speak to a large audience and I was nervous. In that venue, well known speakers consistently delivered powerful, life changing messages. They delivered God’s Word with power and conviction. And then, somehow, I got invited to speak there. I remember thinking, “Compared to them, I got nothing. […]

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14 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Learning to Turn It Off

Learning to Turn It Off

Learning to Turn It Off

Turning It Off Slide to power off. I cannot remember the last time I swiped that little red slider to power off my phone. Sure, I put my phone down sometimes, set it to vibrate or even go into airplane mode, but turning it off… why do they even have that as an option? If […]

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07 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Is Youth Group a Hospital?

Is Youth Group a Hospital?

Is Youth Group a Hospital?

I’ve been to the emergency room exactly four times in my life: Once as a little kid when I needed stitches in my forehead after sleep-waking into the corner of a piece of furniture Once as a teenager when I got kicked in the head. Once as a youth ministry volunteer when I broken my […]

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30 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. – Psalm 86:11-12 Whole-Heartedly It’s always struck me when I’ve read this passage that the […]

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Who needs God when you have all of this?

Who needs God when you have all of this?

Enchanted Gardens It was March 1st, 1997.  I had just said, “I do!” to Naomi, who was now my wife.  It was an amazing day filled with family, loved ones and great friends.  Just as special, was our next day walking to our terminal at the airport.  See, being the hopeless romantic I decided to […]

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16 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Two Hundred Posts

Two Hundred Posts

Two Hundred Posts

Every now and then I like rummaging through a box of old things around the house. You never know what you’re going to find! Sometimes you pull something out and think, “Why on earth would I save this?” Other times, you place your hand on a memento that takes you immediately back to a precious […]

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09 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Seeking God in the Ordinary

Seeking God in the Ordinary

Seeking God in the Ordinary

“There are no ordinary moments.” – Dan Millman I don’t recall the first time I heard the phrase “there are no ordinary moments,” but I do remember my reaction. I nodded my head with the vague comprehension of someone who didn’t want to look like they didn’t get it. Something about every moment being extraordinary… […]

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