Advent – Unearthing and Aiming Desire as We Wait on and Watch for Him!

In Advent, Consumption, Desire, Discipleship, Formation by Bizgainey1 Comment

C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, suggests that we are a people of deep and unending desire (https://www.cslewis.com/us).  He further states that our unending quest for satisfaction reveals a deeper and often confounding truth about what it means to be human; what it means to be whole!

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a…
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The Good Life and The “God With Us” Gospel (Pt. 3)!

In Christian Leadership, Community, Culture, Discipleship, Formation, Fully Awake, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

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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I “Just Wanna Be” A Big Rock Star!

In Community, Contemplation, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Fame, fortune, financial accomplishment.

The good life.

We all want it!  We all exhaust ourselves in pursuit of it! The good life and her accouterments entice us all.

Nickelback’s 2005 hit Rockstar – a song which embraces and encourages the pursuit of fame, fortune and financial accomplishment – may well provide the modern rhythm that has captured a generation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3iO5vMIAUQ).

We all want to be a Rockstar.  So it seems!

While it’s human nature to dream of the good life, many define the good life by using terms like conquering …
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Why Are We Drawn To Vampires?

In Culture, Discipleship, Twilight, Vampires by Bizgainey3 Comments

For many, Twilight is less about a time of day and more about vampires. From Dracula to Bella Swan, millions are fascinated with vampires.  We are drawn to zombies too for that matter.

Indeed, we are captivated by bloodsuckers.

According to The-Numbers.com, a website that follows the movie industry, Twilight movies grossed over 3 billion dollars world wide (http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/Twilight).

Domestic box office receipts tallied over 1 billion alone.  Yes, you read that right!  Over 3 billion dollars globally; over 1 billion domestically.

This make me wonder . . .

Why …
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Four Reasons Why I Want A ‘Sloppy Wet Kiss’ or No Kiss at All!

In Christian Leadership, Discipleship, Worship by Bizgainey8 Comments

One of my favorite modern worship songs is called How He Loves Us (here, https://youtu.be/TCunuL58odQ?list=RDTCunuL58odQ).  Written by John Mark McMillian, the version I prefer is performed by the David Crowder Band.

The version I prefer no longer exists. Marched to the unimaginative court of the Christian judge and jury, it has been – tragically – executed. The execution was held in the basketball hooped auditoriums and multipurpose rooms throughout the land; otherwise known as the Christian Worship Center.

The criminal in this shameless execution is one phrase,

Heaven meets earth
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The Boys of Summer and The Shape of Our Soul!

In Contemplation, Discipleship, Habits, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey3 Comments

The longer I live, the more I believe the statement pictured above. What we do shapes who we become. Experience proves this to be true time and time again. Most of us believe that our habits or practices reveal what’s in our heart. That may be true, but it fails to acknowledge that our habits also shape our heart!

Baseball season is in full swing, and I love it! I believe baseball is the most aesthetic of all sports. There is an internal – intrinsic – beauty to the rhythm …
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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 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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