Category: Faith

A Blessing

I want to pause the DBT button for a moment and talk about something ontologically significant–our right to be here. Let me explain. Many people who follow this blog have experienced abuse.  Someone from war-torn Africa once commented.  Abuse doesn’t have to be overt… Continue Reading “A Blessing”

Breaking The Mold

  I have never contacted an author for any reason.  Never because I’ve liked their material.  Never to complain.  Never because I was fan-girling over their latest novel or having a fit over how they wrote a character out of a storyline.  I am… Continue Reading “Breaking The Mold”

Dangerous Religion

I think I’m going to be learning a lot from that brunch for weeks to come.  Snippets of conversations overheard are replaying in my mind.  There is a benefit to being viewed as a second-class citizen; no one pays attention to you, thus, you… Continue Reading “Dangerous Religion”

Being Your Authentic Self

I had a really weird social interaction yesterday.  I didn’t think I was going to write about it, but here I am, sitting in my bed in my pajamas under the down comforter, exhausted from the day, and my mind feels restless and preoccupied.… Continue Reading “Being Your Authentic Self”

Christian Gnosticism

Before I can discuss DBT, therapy, or even making any sort of forward progress in a healing environment, I feel it’s very important to stop and discuss something that can get in the way of our ability to recovery–Gnosticism.  What is Gnosticism? “Gnosticism (from gnostikos, “learned”,… Continue Reading “Christian Gnosticism”

The Borderline Church

It is not my intent to offend people by writing my observations.  I’m not trying to be provocative.  I am, however, going to point out a dynamic that has been swirling about church culture for as long as I’ve been privy to it.  It’s… Continue Reading “The Borderline Church”

Without Love…

There is a reason I steer clear of Internet content.  I end up writing blog posts in an effort to elucidate what is really true. This morning, I thought I might visit CNN to catch up on current events.  Aside from seeing that everyone… Continue Reading “Without Love…”

Love Thyself

“To be accepted is to have your whole person, good or otherwise, received by another without condemnation.” “God has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-9). We are told to ‘accept one another just as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God.’ (Romans… Continue Reading “Love Thyself”

One Question

I spent time with a friend today.  The weather is beautiful here right now.  Autumnal perfection.  It’s easy to sink into contemplation when straddling seasons.  It feels a bit like summer but not quite.  The bright, red Maple leaves announce the coming fall temperatures.… Continue Reading “One Question”

In Memoriam

I just learned tonight that Brennan Manning passed away in April.  Many of you may have no idea who Brennan Manning is.  That’s okay.  He was a speaker, author, and exceptional human being.  He was a Franciscan priest.  In my mind, what defines Brennan… Continue Reading “In Memoriam”