The Journey Of A Burning Heart

In Christian Leadership, Community, Contemplation, Culture, Spiritual Formation, Surrender, Uncategorized by Bizgainey2 Comments

Pillar Community Church has been interacting with Ruth Barton’s latest book, Life in Christ Together, for a few months. The book is gently nudging us toward a fresh experience of doing life together within the context of ministry and modern life.

Ruth’s text traces the Emmaus road story (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+24%3A13+-+33&version=CEB .).

In chapter eight, she frames the journey of discernment – an ongoing discovery of the presence of Christ – by proposing six intervals or intersections through which we all travel.

I sense that each intersection may serve as markers for …
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Wisdom For Your Week: Contemplation and Interior Strength

In Contemplation, Father Thomas Keating, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey5 Comments

Contemplation – Interior Strength The effectiveness of action depends on the source from which it springs.   If it is coming out of the false self with its shadow side, it is severely limited.  If it is coming out of a person who is immersed in God, it is extremely effective.   The contemplative state . . . brings Christ to the world. ~ Father Thomas Keating


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The Boys of Summer and The Shape of Our Soul!

In Contemplation, Discipleship, Habits, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey3 Comments

The longer I live, the more I believe the statement pictured above. What we do shapes who we become. Experience proves this to be true time and time again. Most of us believe that our habits or practices reveal what’s in our heart. That may be true, but it fails to acknowledge that our habits also shape our heart!

Baseball season is in full swing, and I love it! I believe baseball is the most aesthetic of all sports. There is an internal – intrinsic – beauty to the rhythm …
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