Meditation: On Pride and the Unworthy Servant

It seems like a characteristic of any "winner" is pride. Pride drives "accomplishment" in life. The runner is driven to train harder, to go further in less time. Pride says, "see me - I did it." And the inference is "don't you think I'm amazing?" Pride says: "I feel awesome" after accomplishing that goal. Worse, … Continue reading Meditation: On Pride and the Unworthy Servant

Church Contempt: Recovery Community Meetings

It is no surprise. We regularly endure hearing that there are "significant" reasons why Church Leaders and their congregations won't involve themselves with the Recovery Community. Recovery Community Meetings are a banquet - to serve the Word of Truth, feed the Milk of the Gospel and comfort people in pain. "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind..."

Best Wishes

Ah the night darkness, darkest before dawn    ...Shadow's longest dwelling, this solstice painNow! Shivering, chills. Season coldest before SpringWhen weakest faith tested, shown strong   ...Through snows hold. Then! Wash'd warm rainsAnd failing hope, restored, our rejoices bring.Bartimaeus 2018 Merry Christmas! Happy New year! Our best wishes. May this Christmas season afford us all the … Continue reading Best Wishes

A few words at parting

"I no longer fear, or am depressed, angry or anxious about what to do in the future, for the first time in years all these emotions fell away and I am content. No, I am excited for my life ahead." Message from an Inmate to Prison Fellowship volunteers.

What Same-Sex-Attracted Christians Can Give the Church

"The church loses its voice and authority when it holds same-sex-attracted people to a higher standard than others; fidelity to the gospel includes us all. We cannot ignore adultery or limply justify divorce and remarriage and cohabitation while condemning homosexuality; the Bible contains strong moral judgments on all of them." Emily Hallock.

Know Someone that Seems Hopeless?

Here's the setup on this discussion: Those of us who authentically walk "The Way" of Christ carry burdens for those the church tends to abandon as "lost sheep." "Failed believers." We often cross paths with messy people who either don't feel welcome at church, or have been formally dis-fellowshipped. Most often they've experienced some warped … Continue reading Know Someone that Seems Hopeless?

Recovery Community Meetings. The Biblical Basis.

Many of us are aware that Bill and Bob started AA in 1935. Their fellowship originated in a faith-based understanding that those beset by similar problems are best suited to help each other. It wasn't until 1946 and the adoption of the "Traditions" that AA distanced itself from overtly Protestant theology. The objective of this … Continue reading Recovery Community Meetings. The Biblical Basis.