How Many Loaves Do You Have?

I remember listening to a sermon series about the questions of Jesus. We often focus on the teachings of Jesus, or the actions of Jesus. But Jesus also asked some very powerful questions during his three years of ministry. These questions forced his listeners to think, wrestle, and ultimately come …

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What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

I’d like to do something a little different today and share a parable by the theologian Peter Rollins. (Note: The language in the parable is framed toward Christians, but if that’s not your tradition, try to substitute language from your own religious or cultural tradition.) The parable goes something like …

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4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

If you want to change or improve something about your life, the key is to actually do something different. You can reflect on your thoughts and feelings all day long, but until you actually change something in your actual behavior, you are likely to stay stuck. But change can be …

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Integration of the Shadow

This blog post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, I am taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with …

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How Women Just Might Save the Church

If you explore the factors that differentiate successful societies from unsuccessful societies, one issue consistently rises to the top: the education of women. Successful societies educate their women. Unsuccessful societies don’t. You see this across the board. A society can’t survive or thrive when they only tap into half their …

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An Affirmation a Day Keeps the Divorce Lawyer Away

Recently I wrote a blog post about John Gottman and the 5:1 rule. The take-home message was this: successful marriage or dating relationships had a ratio of at least 5 positive interactions for each negative interaction. 5:1 is Hard Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to keep up this ratio. If you …

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