23 08, 2017

A Response to Charlotteville… a post by Jim

By |2017-08-23T20:19:29-05:00August 23rd, 2017|Community, Emotions, Fear, Forgiveness, Good Samaritan, Humility, Racism, Relational Design, Repentance, Responsibility, Sin, Suffering|0 Comments

In recent days events in Charlottesville, VA were given great prominence in the news. At least that is what is seems. My wife and I happened to be out of the country at the time with no T.V. and little social media. When we returned, after seeing headlines from things a week earlier, i did my best to catch up. Sincerely wish that I was not confronted with what I read. Very sad. And sinful. The responses have died down because there are other issues now (e.g. statues). But I felt the desire to give my response even if

14 08, 2017

There is no going back…a post by Wendell Berry, the Apostle Paul, and Tom

By |2017-08-10T19:58:28-05:00August 14th, 2017|Burnout, Forgiveness, Grace, Letting Go, Philippians 3:13-14, Trust and Faith|1 Comment

No Going Back by Wendell Berry No, no, there is no going back. Less and less you are that possibility you were. More and more you have become those lives and deaths that have belonged to you. You have become a sort of grave containing much that was and is no more in time, beloved then, now, and always. And so you have become a sort of tree standing over the grave. Now more than ever you can be generous toward each day that comes, young, to disappear forever, and yet remain unaging in the mind. Every day you

31 07, 2017

“Shoulds” That hold us hostage…a post by Joy

By |2017-07-31T22:48:18-05:00July 31st, 2017|Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Fear, Forgiveness, Grace, Living in the now, Now, Regret, Stillness, Trust|2 Comments

I should go to bed earlier; I should lose weight; I should exercise more; I should have made a different decision than what I did.  “Shoulds” that hold us hostage and weigh us down are one of the elements of life that keep us from living with the freedom of “what is”. The reality of “now” and being present to it as a way of life keeps me from wandering in the past and the imaginations of the future. Don’t get me wrong. I love history and reminiscing about good memories that have already been lived. I enjoy planning