An Inconvenient God

In Addictions, Consumption, Culture, Desire, Discipleship, Formation by Bizgainey3 Comments

I love convenience.  From pulling up to the pump and conveniently swiping my card to the ten item or less aisle in the grocery store – I LOVE convenience.

In fact, on those rare occasions when the ‘pay at the pump’ service isn’t provided, I have actually climbed back into my vehicle and driven to another location.  I wonder if my love for convenience produces some unintended consequences?  More pointedly, I wonder if my desire for convenience results in impatience and intolerance?

I venture a guess that I am not …
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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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Sacred, Soul-Full, Satisfying!

In Christmas, Consumption, Culture, Desire, Formation, Thanksgiving by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9

The human heart beats to a rhythm known as longing. It is this rhythm that much of our society has learned to capitalize on and, in turn, make a profit. Indeed, the consumerist urge that drives the season of Christmas is simply another expression of longing and an example of our society’s ability to leverage that longing into a transaction that will leave us longing for more.

Every year, it seems, the Christmas …
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Fully Aware and Actively Engaged (The Good Life, Pt. 4)

In Christian Leadership, Community, Contemplation, Culture, Formation, Fully Awake, Purpose and Meaning, Spiritual Formation, Surrender, Worship by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

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)!

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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Born For More! Created For Meaning! Designed For Eternity!

In Contemplation, Culture, Formation, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

More than twenty years ago Freddy Mercury hauntingly asked the world, “Who wants to live forever?” (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8-FTvSVxs).

According to the Fall Out Boys, we all do.

That is, at least, what their iconic hit Centuries envisions:

Some legends are told Some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me Remember me for centuries

Centuries packs quite a punch (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBr7kECsjcQ). A punch that is felt in a host of ways.  From the driving guitar riffs, which lie just beneath the surface of the song’s teeming waters …
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Thirty Is The New Eighteen

In Culture, Formation, Ministry, Parenting, Uncategorized by Bizgainey3 Comments

Failure To Launch, featuring a trim and fit Matthew McConaughey and slim and curvy Sarah Jessica Parker, made Emerging Adulthood look cool: sexy.  Emerging or postponed adulthood is the term used to describe an entire generation of humanity caught somewhere between the ages of 18 and 30(ish).

Emerging adults  struggle with their journey into the world of adulthood.  Apparently emerging or postponed adulthood is more of the norm than the exception these days.

Consider the following excerpt from a piece in the NY Times a few years ago:

“The 20s …
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Distorted Desires and the Rhythms of Grace!

In Formation, Freedom, Marriage, Purpose and Meaning, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

“I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you and all flesh and blood are.” –Shakespeare

These words of Shakespeare sound like the Hebrew prophet, Jeremiah, who said, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who knows how bad it is?”

Our desires – in and of themselves – are not bad, sinful or unnatural.  They are God-given and, when aimed toward God, they produce amazing outcomes. I believe, for example that all of humanity share at least three fundamental desires,

The Desire for
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Wisdom For Your Week: Prayer, A Way of Being with God

In Formation, Prayer, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized, WORD OF THE WEEK by Bizgainey1 Comment

PRAYER, A WAY OF BEING WITH GOD Prayer seems to be Paul’s term for the deep inner posture of one’s being toward God in open receptivity and pliable responsiveness. It is the term he uses when he exhorts us to “pray constantly” (1 Thess 5:17 RSV), to “continue steadfastly in prayer” (Col 4:2 RSV), to “be constant in prayer” (Rom 12:12 RSV). Praying without ceasing obviously presumes an inner posture of being for its fulfillment, a posture that undergirds all the activities and relationships of life. With this term Paul…
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