Practicing the Ancient Art of Reading Well!

In Christian Leadership, Contemplation, Culture, Discipleship, Formation, Spiritual Formation by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

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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A New Year’s Prayer for a Soul-full, Sacred, and Satisfying Way of Life!

In Contemplation, Culture, Desire, Discipleship, Imagination, Prayer by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

Sometimes a tree can be so unhealthy that the only hope for renewal is to chop it down.  John, in the Matthew passage above, is proclaiming just such a message! For, as he envisions God’s Kingdom yet to come, he imagines the King as one who comes with an ax.  Not for the purpose of destruction, but for the …
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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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Resolutions? No Mas. 2016 is about Life Shaping Desire!

In Desire, Discipleship, Fully Awake, Habits, Spiritual Formation, Surrender, Thanksgiving by Bizgainey3 Comments

2016 Resolutions?  I resolve to remain unresolved!  How’s that??

No mas!  I’m done!  Uncle!  I am, in modern vernacular, tapping out.

I considered putting ink to paper and developing a resolution or two.  Then I spied March’s dissolution in the fogged over windshield of life’s hyped up, over maxed, half-baked January resolution.  Such foresight has given me the wisdom to say no more to the resolution parade.

This year, rather than a long list of short lived resolutions, I am spending some time Reflecting on Life Shaping Desire.  These reflections …
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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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