Fully Aware and Actively Engaged (The Good Life, Pt. 4)

In Christian Leadership, Community, Contemplation, Culture, Formation, Fully Awake, Purpose and Meaning, Spiritual Formation, Surrender, Worship by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

You know when you have been in the company of someone who listens.  Simply being around them is a blessing of immense and vast depth.  It’s as if you’ve been refreshed. Washed by cool spring waters of nourishing clarity.   To hear and respond is both fundamentally relational and vitally human.  They are the signature affections of creation and the singular hope of humankind.

They are affections we would do well to nurture today!  Indeed, those who have gone before us found that nurturing an affection for hearing and responding developed …
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The Good Life and The “God With Us” Gospel (Pt. 3)!

In Christian Leadership, Community, Culture, Discipleship, Formation, Fully Awake, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Every culture clamors for wisdom. From Socrates to George Bernard Shaw, cultural shakers and shapers have always  pitched wisdom; hoping to provide a pathway for a life well lived. Modern experience concedes the point: we all long for a better way of life.  We all long for the good life – a Life Well Lived.  We will give just about anything to obtain this good life we seek. Want a better home? . . . move here. Want a better kid? . . . take this parenting course. Want  a
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Born For More! Created For Meaning! Designed For Eternity!

In Contemplation, Culture, Formation, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

More than twenty years ago Freddy Mercury hauntingly asked the world, “Who wants to live forever?” (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8-FTvSVxs).

According to the Fall Out Boys, we all do.

That is, at least, what their iconic hit Centuries envisions:

Some legends are told Some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me Remember me for centuries

Centuries packs quite a punch (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBr7kECsjcQ). A punch that is felt in a host of ways.  From the driving guitar riffs, which lie just beneath the surface of the song’s teeming waters …
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Thirty Is The New Eighteen

In Culture, Formation, Ministry, Parenting, Uncategorized by Bizgainey3 Comments

Failure To Launch, featuring a trim and fit Matthew McConaughey and slim and curvy Sarah Jessica Parker, made Emerging Adulthood look cool: sexy.  Emerging or postponed adulthood is the term used to describe an entire generation of humanity caught somewhere between the ages of 18 and 30(ish).

Emerging adults  struggle with their journey into the world of adulthood.  Apparently emerging or postponed adulthood is more of the norm than the exception these days.

Consider the following excerpt from a piece in the NY Times a few years ago:

“The 20s …
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Why Are We Drawn To Vampires?

In Culture, Discipleship, Twilight, Vampires by Bizgainey3 Comments

For many, Twilight is less about a time of day and more about vampires. From Dracula to Bella Swan, millions are fascinated with vampires.  We are drawn to zombies too for that matter.

Indeed, we are captivated by bloodsuckers.

According to The-Numbers.com, a website that follows the movie industry, Twilight movies grossed over 3 billion dollars world wide (http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/Twilight).

Domestic box office receipts tallied over 1 billion alone.  Yes, you read that right!  Over 3 billion dollars globally; over 1 billion domestically.

This make me wonder . . .

Why …
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Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Thank You for Praying. I will pray for you today!

In Brokenness, Culture, Ministry, Prayer by Bizgainey5 Comments

Dear brothers and sisters of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston,

I prayed for you this past Sunday.  I didn’t call you by name, but I did pray for you.

Every Sunday I pray for every church and gathering of God’s children week in and week out.

This week, this coming Sunday – a day in which we honor the Father – as I prepare to come before my congregation, I will pray for you by name.

Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston

I will pray for the dear city in …
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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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