Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #17 – A Gradual Healing

Most healing is gradual and imperceptible. The healing of a sight impaired man is interesting simply because it is recorded in Mark’s Gospel (Mark 8:22-26). When Jesus first lays hands on the man, all he can see is a blurred vision of the world. Jesus has to touch him a second time for him to [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness – Many Paths to Healing

In the healing of a speech and hearing impaired man, Jesus employs spittle along with healing touch. Spittle was vested with curative power in the ancient world. While today, we might consider spittle a folk remedy, it was seen as medicinal in Jesus’ time. From our 21st century perspective, we would say that Jesus was [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness: An Empty Tomb and an Open Future

Most scholars agree that the original version of Mark’s gospel ends at Mark 16:8. There is no image of a physically resurrected Christ, just the promise that Christ is going ahead of us. Now, I happen to believe the resurrection reflects the real experience of transformed lives. But, its truth is in the rolled away [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness: Good Friday Means You Don’t Need to Suffer Anymore

Good Friday means you don’t have to suffer anymore.  While following your dream – God’s vision for you – may entail sacrifice, it is not demanded, nor does God desire that you suffer to find healing and wholeness.  Jesus came that we might have life in its abundance.  While we may choose to sacrifice (and [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #14 – Healing and Curing

Mark 6:53-56 states that all who touched the fringe of Jesus’ garment were healed, regardless of the disease. While this might imply some sort of magic or supernaturalism, the point of this passage is that God responds to every situation of pain and illness, whether of mind, body, spirit, or relationships. God seeks abundant life [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #12 – Practicing Sabbath Time

Today, many people suffer from hurry sickness. Their attitude toward time is literally killing them. Many of us multi-task, go from project to project, make ourselves available 24/7, and don’t know how to let go of our tasks when we’re off duty. Hurry, or time sickness, is a matter of attitude; it is also a [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #13 – A Playful Interlude

Healing is all about celebration. It’s about being freed to live joyfully and abundantly. This is the point of the conclusion of the story of the healing of Jairus’ daughter. “Jesus told them to give her something to eat.” Now, let’s be real here. Jesus didn’t just request unleavened bread; in a time of great [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #11 – Healing Circles

An African proverb says that “it takes a village to raise a child.” It also takes a village to experience healing and wholeness. There are no self-made persons or rugged individualists. While agency and creativity vary from person to person, each of us emerges from a many-faceted universe that supplies the majority of materials for [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #10 – Your Faith has Made You Whole

Medical research and personal experience alike proclaim the importance of faith and a positive attitude in health and healing. Researchers have long spoken of both the placebo and nocebo effects. In both cases, belief shapes biology, for good or for ill. Positive attitudes enhance the immune system and promote well-being. Negative attitudes can depress the [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #9 – Peace in the Storm

Sometimes life overwhelms us. Our inner life and external circumstances appear battered by storms about which we seem to have little control. Our boat – our self, our sense of direction and purpose – may seem to be sinking. But, we are never alone. Christ is with us in the storms of life. As I [Read More...]


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