A Well-Loved Soul is a Soul that Loves Well!

In Contemplation, Culture, Discipleship, Formation, Fully Awake, Habits, Spiritual Formation by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

The outcome of a well-loved soul is a life well lived!

I long to be a well-loved soul. I know that when my soul is well loved, I will love others well. The book of Psalms is a river of refreshing waters, from which I drink when my soul thirsts for love.  I often find that, whether in lament or laughter, the psalmist’s words ooze blessings that both spring from and shape a well-loved soul.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his …
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Would Dr. Seuss ‘Google’ in a Boat?

In Community, Culture, Parenting, Purpose and Meaning, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

“I would not eat them here or there I would not eat them anywhere. I would not eat green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I Am.”

Ah, yes. Dr. Seuss. Many of us have grown up reading and hearing his stories. Green Eggs and Ham no doubt chief among them all. Did you know that his stories were designed to teach vocabulary words?

Knowing this original intention, as a boy, would have ruined the whole experience for me.…
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Three Ways to Show I Love You In 3 Minutes Or Less

In Formation by Bizgainey1 Comment

Late to the game this V-day??

For the guys who never know what to get, always forget they need to get something or just don’t get it, period.

These options won’t get you out of the dog house, but they may shorten the stay.

Try these three quick but meaningful acts of love.

Tell her you are sorry.  If you make a mess of things, just be genuine and let her know. Too late to take her out to dinner?  Wait a while and go grab desert.  Dinner on V-day…
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Is My Pastor Hooked On Porn?

In Addictions, Desire, Formation, Loneliness, Men Against Porn, Ministry, Pornography by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Do you know where your pastor is right now?

Do you know what he or she is doing, this very moment?

Of course, you don’t.  Most of us don’t know where (unless they are actually with us) our spouse or children are at this precise moment.  We don’t truly know what they are doing, nor do we know with whom they are doing whatever they are doing.

We could venture an educated guess or two and, perhaps, get close.

If you were to ‘guess’ what your pastor is doing, right …
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Happy Birthday, Pillar! I’m Going to Tell You A Story I’ve Never Told Before!

In Christian Leadership, Community, Formation, Ministry, Prayer, Purpose and Meaning, Spiritual Formation, Surrender by Bizgainey5 Comments

I am going to tell you a story I have never told before.

Storytelling is, invariably, a one-sided affair. The story being told is shaped by the one doing the telling. The light of story is refracted through the life lens of the storyteller. This story is no different. This story is a part of the Pillar story, but it is hopelessly bound to the storyteller who – in this case – is me, her founding pastor. And, though it’s only a partial story – as all stories are – …
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