The Art of Weeping

The Art of Weeping

  For whatever reason, I have found myself crying a lot lately. Sometimes, this is due to sadness, at other times, I am exhausted and emotion seems to drip out of me. There are also times when I am just overwhelmed with the reality of evil, frustrated with the reality of my limitations, and fearful…

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By Bo White August 19, 2012 Off

Fight for Your Neighbor

Fight for Your Neighbor

In our culture, I hear much lament for lack of love for neighbor and I hear criticisms of neighbors, and in this election year I hear a lot of personal attacks on neighbors by neighbors and all over neighborhoods. And one of the more helpful documents I have read in recent years that has helped…

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By Bo White August 8, 2012 Off

Stories with Shelf Life

Stories with Shelf Life

Some stories have a longer shelf life than others. I don’t mean that some books collect dust, while others are read, though that’s a related topic, I mean that some stories will stand the test of time and over several years, those stories shape us. And over time, those stories become our worldview. Test this…

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By Bo White August 8, 2012 Off

Interruptions and Happy Endings

Interruptions and Happy Endings

  A colleague once told me that we are constantly seeking resolution for our own stories. I believe her. She also told me that we are consistently seeking happy endings for the trauma in our life. This means, practically, that we deal daily with not only new people and new events, but we are consistently…

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By Bo White August 4, 2012 Off

Stories That Shape Us

Stories That Shape Us

We talk in story form, have you noticed that? When’s the last time you broke out in to song when someone asked you how your day has been? Have you ever responded to the question, “How are you feeling?” with a proverb? No. We are storytellers and each day the plot thickens a bit. We…

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By Bo White July 26, 2012 Off

The Ingredients of Hope

The Ingredients of Hope

Cornelius Plantinga, in his book Engaging God’s World quotes Lewis Smedes concerning the anatomy of hope. Plantinga writes, “According to Smedes…genuine hope always combines imagination, faith, and desire. Those are the main ingredients,” (p. 8). If you’re like me, you’re often missing one of the ingredients and like a cake that isn’t baked properly, our…

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By Bo White July 26, 2012 Off