Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quotable...

The life committed to nothing larger than itself is a meager life indeed.  Human beings require a context of meaning and hope.   We used to have ample context, and when we encountered failure, we could pause and take our rest in that setting - our spiritual furniture- and revive our sense of who we were.  I call the larger setting the commons. It consists of a belief in the nation, in God, in one's family, or in a purpose that transcends our lives.  In the past quarter-century, events occurred that so weakened our commitment to a larger entities as to leave us almost naked before the ordinary assaults of life. 

- Martin Seligman 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tom's Story // #TryAlpha

I suppose I should update this blog, for those that may accidently stop by... I have recently began work with Alpha Canada, this new beginning is still fresh and full of anticipation and excitement of what God has in store in this ministry.  What is Alpha?  Well it is a tool for the local church, a resource, a model to help churches become invitational, to help churches create space for people to ask life's questions and to wrestle with the answers or lack there of... it is exciting and energizing to be part of something that is seeking to be genuine and honest about faith and life.

As I continue my MA in counselling and work with Alpha I am constantly reminded how fortunate I am to be able to be a part of so many great things and how gracious and gentle Jesus has been with me in my journey.  So I drudge on, seeking, crawling, walking, running and stumbling sometimes all at once it seems, and as I do, I hold to the promise that God has given us; "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:12,13 NIV)

Here is a promo for Alpha:

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Others

"What we do to others we do to ourselves..."  - Inklings

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Divine Conspiracy

Within his overarching dominion God has created us and has given each of us, like him, a range of will—beginning from our minds and bodies and extending outward, ultimately to a point not wholly predetermined but open to the measure of our faith. His intent is for us to learn to mesh our kingdom with the kingdoms of others. Love of neighbor, rightly understood, will make this happen. But we can only love adequately by taking as our primary aim the integration of our rule with God’s. That is why love of neighbor is the second, not the first, commandment and why we are told to seek first the kingdom, or rule, of God.

- Dallas Willard

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Confessions

"You are great, Lord, and highly to be praised (Ps 47:2): great is your power and your wisdom is immeasurable' (PS. 146:5). Man, a little piece of your creation, desires to praise you, a human being 'bearing his mortality with him' (2 Cor. 4:10), carrying with him the witness of his sin and the witness that you 'resist the proud' (1Pet 5:5).  Nevertheless, to praise you is the desire of man, a little piece of your creation.  You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." - Saint Augustine Confessions

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Life of Pi

“If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe?” ―Yann Martel, Life of Pi