Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #6 – Healing Anytime!

A man with a ‘withered” hand comes to Jesus, seeking healing and wholeness (Mark 3:1-6). We don’t know what his ailment really was (could it have been arthritis or some form of paralysis or nerve damage), but it had changed his life for the worse and limited his opportunities. His ailment was not life-threatening, but [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #5: The Healing of Purpose

Mark 2:13-17 speaks of the healing of purpose. Jesus invites Levi, a tax collector working for the Roman oppressors, to follow him. Levi was challenged to look at his personal and professional life from a new perspective. It has been said that a person’s calling or vocation is the intersection of her or his gifts [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #4: Your Prayers Can Change Someone’s Life

Mark 2:1-12 describes four men who carry their paralyzed friend up a flight of stairs, make a hole in the roof, and lower him down to see Jesus. Obstacles were in their way, but their love and faith inspired them to color outside the lines and even destroy property to help their friend. The scripture [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #3 -God is On Your Side

One of the key theological questions is: “Is God on Our Side?” Many people see God as an enemy, out to get us, punishing us with illness or using illness as a way to teach us a lesson. Others see God as the arbitrary source of health and illness. Whatever happens is God’s will – [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #2 -

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus went to a deserted place to pray.” No one can call Jesus a slacker. Mark describes Jesus’ day (Mark 1:21-34) as involving teaching, healing, and spending time with friends. But, in the early hours of the morning, he slips away for prayer and meditation, perhaps, [Read More...]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #1

For the next few weeks, I will be reflecting with you on the healing stories from the Gospel of Mark. It will be an ongoing adventure, inviting you to explore your own healing journey, in light of holistic and complementary medicine, postmodern philosophy and theology, process theology, and global spirituality. I begin with the thesis [Read More...]

Day Forty One – The Adventure Continues

I chose 41 Days initially to differentiate my view from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. For Warren, all the important things in our life have been chosen by God in advance. Discipleship is coloring inside the lines, and following explicitly directions. I see life as a holy adventure in which God promotes freedom and creativity. [Read More...]

Day Forty: Everything is Wrapped in God’s Embrace

God never loses anything. God’s adventure embraces and treasures us, and also the non-human world. We are forever in God’s care, for nothing that is loved is ever lost. God is the Great Soul, for whom life and death reveal an emerging evolving Love. Our loves grow with and in God now and forever. So, [Read More...]

Day Thirty Nine – With God as our Companion, We can Embrace the Mystery

Life is an adventure in which there is always more to discover about ourselves and the world. Every moment reveals the divine in God’s many-faceted revelation; no moment fully reveals the divine. You are a word of God. (Eckhardt) But, God has many other words, revelations, and spiritual paths than the one you are taking. [Read More...]

Day Thirty Eight: God is with Us in Our Grief

To live is to lose. This year, one of my dearest friends, something I’ve loved in a caring way for over forty years, died of cancer. I was stunned at the diagnosis and still struggle to imagine a world without my friend my blond, California friend Wendy. We boomers are discovering mortality, but so is [Read More...]


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