Practicing the Ancient Art of Reading Well!

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We are not born readers.  If we were, then focusing on how we read would be unnecessary.

The art of reading well is one that has to be developed over time.  It’s not native, or instinctive, by a longshot.

Reading is a learned art or skill.

If you doubt what I am saying, then you’ve never raised a child.…
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What is a “Contemplative” Bible Study?

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Our culture is, perhaps, the most distracted and disengaged culture in human history.

New York Times Journalist, Tony Schwartz, recently noticed how distracted he’s become when trying to read a book – something an award-winning Journalist and author ought to be able to do with ease.   Upon reflection, he realized that unread books were piling up in his home: mocking him, rebuking him, as they lay silently – untouched – on the bedside table.  In an insightful article, he writes:

“Instead of reading them, I was spending too many hours …
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Love as the Experience of Knowing and Being Known

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Love, the experience of knowing and being known, is a game-changer!

Love certainly changed the game for me!

I can easily list a host of “loves” that have produced change and transformation in my life:

The love of my parents governed some of the most critical changes in my life from the outset! The love of my wife has picked up where my parents left off. Her deep love has proven to be transformative on a multitude of levels as I have grown – while married to her – into…
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According to Dabo Swinney, Love Wins!

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According to Dabo Swinney, Love Wins!

That’s right!  Head coach of the newly crowned national champion Clemson Tigers, told the nation, after having previously telling his team – repeatedly – that it’s love that wins!

For Dabo, love was the key to the final – and classic – moments of the championship game.

A game the Tigers won as time ran out.

In his own words,…
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The Politicization of the American Church.

In Christian Leadership, Community, Culture, Discipleship by Bizgainey4 Comments

“Evangelicals in this vote have created a pretty deadly and chilling effect on their witness to Christ and the gospel and the scriptures. There’s not only a credibility problem in terms of the body politic. There’s also an evangelistic problem.”  Thabiti Anyabwilez, Pastor of Anacostia River Church, Washington, DC

Anyabwilez, pastor of an influential African-American church, wonders if the evangelical church’s support of Donald Trump has wrecked her credibility.  He is certain that the white evangelical vote, supporting Trump 8 of 10 times this past Tuesday, has shed light on …
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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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Fully Aware and Actively Engaged (The Good Life, Pt. 4)

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You know when you have been in the company of someone who listens.  Simply being around them is a blessing of immense and vast depth.  It’s as if you’ve been refreshed. Washed by cool spring waters of nourishing clarity.   To hear and respond is both fundamentally relational and vitally human.  They are the signature affections of creation and the singular hope of humankind.

They are affections we would do well to nurture today!  Indeed, those who have gone before us found that nurturing an affection for hearing and responding developed …
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The Good Life and The “God With Us” Gospel (Pt. 3)!

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Every culture clamors for wisdom. From Socrates to George Bernard Shaw, cultural shakers and shapers have always  pitched wisdom; hoping to provide a pathway for a life well lived. Modern experience concedes the point: we all long for a better way of life.  We all long for the good life – a Life Well Lived.  We will give just about anything to obtain this good life we seek. Want a better home? . . . move here. Want a better kid? . . . take this parenting course. Want  a
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The Journey Of A Burning Heart

In Christian Leadership, Community, Contemplation, Culture, Spiritual Formation, Surrender, Uncategorized by Bizgainey2 Comments

Pillar Community Church has been interacting with Ruth Barton’s latest book, Life in Christ Together, for a few months. The book is gently nudging us toward a fresh experience of doing life together within the context of ministry and modern life.

Ruth’s text traces the Emmaus road story (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+24%3A13+-+33&version=CEB .).

In chapter eight, she frames the journey of discernment – an ongoing discovery of the presence of Christ – by proposing six intervals or intersections through which we all travel.

I sense that each intersection may serve as markers for …
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A Few Simple Ways Any Parent Can Minimize the Impact of Porn!

In Addictions, Christian Leadership, Freedom, Habits, Parenting, Pornography, Purpose and Meaning, Uncategorized by Bizgainey2 Comments

Tired of porn ruling your world, running your emotions, wrecking your home?

Tired of addiction consuming you, your spouse, your kids, your friends, and neighbors?

In this and the next few posts – I am going to outline a few simple ways any parent/person can minimize the impact of porn!

I am not offering boundaries or a list of protective measures one might take in this effort. Establishing boundaries and developing guidelines for technology usage is crucial. I have made those suggestions elsewhere on this blog.

These posts will dig …
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