Archive for the ‘God of the Natural’ Category

I’ve Got the Power

PowerManIt wasn’t that it was written in some magnificent prose. Nor was it some new revelation for me. I know this stuff. At least I say I know it. I’ve even taught it. But there was something about reading it this time that nailed my conscience.

For the last couple of days I have been reading through Alicia Britt Chole’s Anonymous. It had been recommended by Kevin Myers at 12Stone, a church that warmly welcomed us on our August Sunday morning visit.

Chole writes about those seasons in our lives where we are out of the limelight and our purpose appears to be nil. She calls it the “hidden years” and likens it to the years leading up to Jesus emerging on the scene and coming to John the Baptist to be baptized. Jesus’ life had been “hidden” for nearly two decades. No messages. No miracles.  No visible example of how to live.

Using these silent years of Jesus as a springboard, Chole aims to show the purpose and value in these hidden seasons and how to respond in the midst of the dark days of apparent insignificance. This is what she writes: Continue reading

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Faith as Therapy?

Why would I as an evangelical Christian who professes the uniqueness of Christ agree with Dan Buettner when he writes, “It doesn’t matter if you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or Hindi.”

For those who know me, hearing that I concur with a statement such as this would be shocking. Some would think I had lost my faith. Yet, I do agree with Buettner on this statement because of the context in which he writes it.

Dan Buettner is the author of The Blue Zones, a New York Times Bestseller. The Blue Zones is a book providing “lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest.” The research is conducted among four groups of the people who have a significantly higher percentage of inhabitants living to be centenarians, (100 years of age or older). The four Blue Zone communities are found in the Barbagia region of Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan, Continue reading

Outliers: The Grace Behind Success

After seeing it referenced several times, I decided to purchase a copy of Outliers, (The Story of Success), written by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell begins by defining an “outlier” as something that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample. In context, he appears to be referring to people who are uniquely successful or who become experts in their field. Success is not defined, but understood to be measured by typical accolades that come with fame, accomplishment, winning, and notoriety.

As of this writing, I have only worked my way through Part One: Opportunity. Opportunity, according to Gladwell, is an essential component of success.  It’s not always the brightest or the hardest working that gets the prizes associated with success. Rather, success often comes to those whose Continue reading