‘Twas a dark and stormy night.
The elegantly dressed woman walks the empty streets, bundled up against the rain and using an umbrella. It is the 1950s. She looks like Peggy Carter from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A man waits in an alley. He wears a hat and a suit, but no overcoat or umbrella. He looks like Marlo Brando in Guys & Dolls. As she approaches, he is lighting a cigarette with a match.
Woman: Thank you for coming.
Man: For you, baby? Always.
W. That… is what I wanted to talk to you about. I… I don’t think we should see each other anymore.
I wanna be a loser
So Christ can be the winner
I wanna be the kind of saint
That everyone thinks a sinner
Our church may need to move.
[The latest iteration of Discipling by Jesus]
A co-devotional practice for listening to God, Scripture, each other, and your own heart
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It is World War II. Sort of. (They have web forms.)
The old lady is a Jew, as are most of the orphans she cares for.
I am the commando assigned to get them out.
John 19:5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!”
Pilate wanted us to behold Jesus
Perhaps hoping he could free Jesus
Or free himself
Of the responsibility
Of seeing more
Than he wanted
Than he could handle
Than he was free to believe
Lord help me to see
Today I will allow God
To mold me into His image
Discipleship is not about:
- Religious rituals
- Biblical knowledge
- Emotional experiences, or even
- Spiritual disciplines
Though they all help!
It is about submitting every thought — and emotion! — to Christ, so we more consistently manifest the Fruit of the Spirit.
[By denying our Self so we can follow Jesus all the way to the Cross]
Which is how others learn to enjoy Him.
#AmygdalaGospel #TheTransition #FruitOfTheCross
We are so easily infatuated
And subtly captivated
By the powers of this world
The mimetic desires
At the heart of our communities
Even Christian ones Continue reading
[As experienced at the Wisdom Upgrade Workshop #2 with Father Andrew Miller, during the 100X Wisdom challenge]
I am in the woods at IVCF camp in Massachusetts
At the moonlit lake
I remember from my college days
Jesus is there
I am seven years old
It is daytime
When Jesus said we must deny ourselves, I think He meant the amygdala.
Drinking alcohol may not be a sin, but it certainly is a coping mechanism I need to be careful about. There is always a risk of turning to that instead of Christ.
Unfortunately, the same can be said of the Law: the religious, psychological, and social structures I rely on to control (rather than cure) sin. Continue reading
I am on a people-mover
Like a train of roller-coaster cars
But we are stopped on level ground
At least for a moment
Each car represents a different level of leadership
I am in the third or fourth
Perhaps moving from third to fourth Continue reading
Continued from Part 0.
I am afraid the Temple of Apollo will be like that of Aphrodite.
However, my fears were unfounded.
The beautiful women and men walking the hallways — and rendered in art — are all tastefully, even fashionably clothed.
Except for him.
1 Samuel 15 (KJV) – For bitterness is as the sin of witchcraft, And presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
[Our Christian high school just put on a “fearless” production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which continued to haunt me after leaving the theater. I identified deeply with many of the characters, whose seemingly minor flaws led to tragic results. I am writing this in hopes it will help me identify (and repent of) the deeper sin they shared — but could not name — which ultimately destroyed them all.]
is the ability
to hold the tension
my own individuality
and acknowledging the legitimacy
of other’s needs
for Jesus to crucify
my self-centered false identity
His greater redemption
for all of us.
In other words,
(by analogy with core strength training)
it is what enable us
to substitute Christ-like Responses
for selfish Reactions
A more deliberately introspective version the Spirit section (between Word and Body, as in IGWET). Inspired by DBJ “AGONY” Edition.