Calling All Parents: Porn Watch Protocol May Be A “Modern Family” Necessity

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Melissa and I are parents of two boys and a girl, all three well into the young adolescent season of life. We have, as a result, learned and experienced much as it relates to what we – in our home – have dubbed “Porn Watch Protocol.” Porn Watch Protocol (PWP) is our catch phrase (not a product for purchase) for an alertness which orients us toward helping our children guard and protect the treasures of their heart.

The term protocol is intentional.  In our home protocol is an …
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WORD, QUOTE OR SAYING OF THE WEEK: DESIRE

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“What do you want me to do for you?” is actually the question Jesus asked most frequently in the New Testament.  He knew that being in touch with desire has the potential to shape decisions and affect the overall trajectory and outcomes of a person’s life.  Desire, rightly identified and effectively harnessed, eventually gives way to the hope that what we desire really could come to pass and the faith to live as though it were real. ~Ruth Haley Barton

~Ruth Haley Barton, Life Together in Christ, pg. 72

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March Madness and The Improbable Union of Discipline and Delight

In Discipleship, March Madness, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized by Bizgainey3 Comments

“The world is not lacking in God’s self-disclosing beauty and ever-present joy, but in attentiveness to God’s self-disclosing beauty and ever-present joy.”

I concluded last week’s post with the above quote.   Essentially urging that God is not absent from us but it is we who are absent from God.  I then asked a question (captured in the image below) I have been considering at great length these days.

In order to move forward on this journey of discovering the self-disclosing beauty of God, I find it helpful to …
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WEDNESDAY’S WORD OF THE WEEK: MARCH 18, 2015 – REASON

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WORD OF THE WEEK – REASON

“Reason is the human ability to see a relationship between real or possible facts and other real or possible facts, such that if you have the one, you have the other.  Or if it’s an exclusionary relationship, you have the one and you don’t have the other.  What were the facts Jesus was referring to in Matthew 6:30?  Premise #1: God cares for the grass. Premise #2: You are worth at least as much as the grass.  So what’s the conclusion?  God cares for …
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What if?

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There are moments, even seasons, in my life when my desire feels ravenous.  As if I am simply never satisfied.  Ever craving bigger, better, more!  I use the term ravenous to mean intensely eager for satisfaction or gratification.  I have utilized much of my blog space to discuss and/consider the prevalence of desire in the human soul.

We can all probably agree, at least on some level, that much of our decisions are based on, and  many of our daydreams are lost in desire.  It’s rare that I find myself …
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Transforming Community: The Ongoing Project of Us!

In Community, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey2 Comments

My children are all teenagers. As such, I am no longer on edge when they are near a hot stove. I no longer fear they will reach out and touch the glimmering light on the stove top.

Why? Because, by now, they have experienced enough of life to know that fire burns.

How? Because my wife and I taught them at a young age: If you touch something hot, you will get burned.

C.S. Lewis called this subduing the soul to reality. That is, ordering life around what we know …
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WEDNESDAY’S WORD OF THE WEEK, MARCH 4, 2015 – EVANGELISM

In Discipleship, WORD OF THE WEEK by Bizgainey2 Comments

Along with the implementation of my new blog site, I intend to launch a ‘word of the week’ post.  This weekly post (I hope to distribute on Wednesday of each week), will offer a brief ‘word’ for your consideration and reflection.  Each post will offer a word, quote, poem, saying, etc. of an author I am reading or have read.  I will also include a link to the larger body of work, where appropriate.

Today’s “Wednesday’s Word of the Week” is EVANGELISM.  The following quote is from a recent work …
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