January 17, 2021

Postcards from Babylon,  the documentary centered around Brian Zahnd’s book of the same name releases this Thursday.  I got the chance to review the documentary and loved it, espcially in light of the seige on the Capitol.  It’s release is very timely.  Instead of writing a review, I offere you a review from my friend, Rick, with links to the film and his original review.  Enjoy! by Rick Pidcock The new Postcards From Babylon documentary comes out on January 21. And I… Read more

January 7, 2021

  I’m writing a novel.  It’s one of the most fun things I have done in a long time.  You can totally make up the storyline and characters, but I chose to base a lot of it on real places and people and events.  One of the couples in the story is loosely based on Laura and me.  Here is a paragraph from The Hotel. “After 30 years of marriage, they sometimes communicated without talking.  It was obvious that both… Read more

January 7, 2021

Alana Levandoski – “Ring Out, Wild Bells”   My Canadian, contemplative friend Alana Levandoski has put music to an old poem and created a masterpiece.  The Steam Punk themed video is a must see.  This her explanation of the song and video that is perfect to RING in the new year! Youtube Video of the song   From Alana: For New Years 2020. A steampunk-themed masquarade party with my brand new recording of Ring Out, Wild Bells. To receive Ring Out,… Read more

January 5, 2021

“Let me be crystal clear; if you’ve faced a tragedy and someone tells you in any way, shape or form that your tragedy was meant to be, that it happened for a reason, that it will make you a better person, or that taking responsibility for it will fix it, you have every right to remove them from your life.”  Tim Lawrence For years, these types of responses to other people’s trauma were the default for the religious system that… Read more

December 20, 2020

              “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a person took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all the other seeds, but when it is fully grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come up and nest in its branches.”  It is worth just contemplating what Jesus suggested.  This very tiny seed when placed in the soil becomes possibly the… Read more

December 8, 2020

          I wanted to tell you about what is coming next! A couple of years ago, I went through one of the toughest periods of my life. Earlier this year, I decided to document my experience and talk about the healing I found. Through a process called focusing that helped me address the shadow issues in my life, I was able to begin a long journey toward authenticity and presence. Eventually, this became a book called… Read more

December 7, 2020

                          I received a lot of mixed messages about the body in the tradition I evolved from.  It was okay to build your body and be healthy, but you shouldn’t be too proud of the edifice.  There were also subtle messages about the body being evil and the source of most of our sin.  The Scriptures sometimes dismissed it as just a tent or covering for the things… Read more

December 5, 2020

          Being by nature an introvert, I don’t necessarily like to go to parties.  I love people, I just don’t want to be around them all the time.  I love listening to someone process their trauma and find solutions through modalities like focusing, but casual conversation hasn’t always been something that I aspired to. So, when I went to parties and social events, I usually would introduce two of my friends to each other and listen… Read more

December 4, 2020

Occasionally people irritate me.  When they don’t do things the way I think they should or if they treat me or others different than I think they should, It sometimes causes me to react negatively toward them.   Once when I asked another pastor how I should handle this dilemma, he suggested that I have compassion for them like Jesus. That was not what I wanted to do. I wanted to find a way to punish them or tell that what… Read more

December 2, 2020

            All of the intelligence for the plant and its leaves and it’s eventual fruit and future seeds is contained inside the seed. There is a knowing seeded inside us that already does things like: * Turning food into elements of our body *  Breathing automatically and preforming hundreds of complex chemical transformations each second *  Regenerating parts of us, distributing waste, and processing energy *  It protects us, warns us, and preserves us Yet… Read more

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