The Power of Music

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HOW MUSIC LEADS TO GOD There is something profound, powerful, phenomenal, unfathomable, mesmerizing, mysterious, and just simply amazing about music. I don’t have any professional training in music other than my occasional jam sessions with church bands but I don’t think you need to be classically trained to just sit back and appreciate Beethoven’s Fifth…

Integration

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THE INTEGRATION OF EMOTIONS AND SPIRITUALITY As Christians, we’re often (and rightly) told of the importance of spiritual development and maturity, of fostering prayer, piety and other spiritual practices. However, rarely have I heard spiritual leaders address the importance of emotional maturity in our spiritual lives. Yet I would argue that in order to be spiritually mature we must…

Grieving the Church

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GRIEVING THE CHURCH Let me tell you the story of three women, Yvette, Sarah, and Rose. All have been impacted by the scandals plaguing the Catholic Church. All in different ways are grieving. Yvette Yvette was a cradle Catholic. Born of baby boomer parents, the Church was an institution attended with rules followed. Her life…

Get physical!

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WANT TO GROW SPIRITUALLY? GET PHYSICAL! When I was in high school—long, long ago—I had a youth pastor who warned us that the spiritual life wouldn’t always be easy. Sometimes we wouldn’t have the enthusiasm we had as teenagers. As a young, newly-committed Christian, I heard his warning, but I didn’t really listen. I thought…

Striving for Perfection

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WHEN STRIVING FOR PERFECTION HOLDS YOU BACK Olympic athletes are almost mythical figures in our culture. We see them as the epitome of perfection when it comes to skill, sportsmanship, and physical fitness. They are the standard by which we all judge ourselves, at least physically. We tell ourselves that unless we achieve the level…