Category Archives: Spiritual Transformation

Erosion

We have a small (usually dry) creek that runs behind our house. When we first moved in, we noticed that we also had a significant erosion problem above the creek going up the hill from the creek to our house. This had been partially fixed by the builder with a retaining wall but below the retaining wall the grade was still so steep down to the creek that we were losing a significant amount of soil. What is more, sediment from the creek had built up over time diverting water to further wash out our hillside.

Over the last few months we have been working to address this issue. Our neighbor helped quite a bit by moving some large stone he excavated from his yard up against our hill and dredged out the sediment to all the creek to no longer wash out our hillside. I have been gathering rock and putting it on the hill to further build it up and fight the erosion. After several months of working on this it is almost done. Our soil will be retained, the creek will be in good shape and we will be able to enjoy that part of our yard without worrying about losing our hillside to the creek.

Erosion is a tricky thing. It takes place slowly and steadily. As it happens its effects compound other problems, like blocking up the creek which then speeds up the erosion from below until you have a real mess on your hands. Fixing it is also a tricky thing. It takes a lot of effort and patience. Hauling rock is no fun thing but watching the problem slowly work its way to a solution and resolution is enjoyable and rewarding.

Life can be a lot like erosion. Slowly and steadily things slide down the hill…getting washed out and creating bigger problems that sometimes don’t get noticed for quite some time. Like erosion, the solution takes effort and patience. It isn’t usually fun to turn these things around but the solution and resolution is enjoyable and rewarding.

It is important to pay attention to your life. Take notice of things that were once there that are now gone. Which of those things have slowly slid away that should have been retained? Begin building your retention and reclaim those areas to get yourself healthy again.

Having the Mind of Christ

In three places Paul talks directly about how God is transforming our minds, more specifically to be like the mind of Jesus. Rom 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s willContinue Reading

“Open Your Eyes” – Seeing Things for the First Time

We see what we choose to see and are blind to what we choose to be blind to. Jesus constantly told people who had eyes that were physically capable of seeing that they weren’t seeing everything they needed to see…that there was more to life and God’s perspective on things than they were understanding. ThisContinue Reading

Shifting the Locus From Church Building to Home

We often think of Judaism’s worship as being centered around either the temple or the synagogue. What is missing is that the vast majority of the spiritual life in Judaism was in the home. The Shema (Deut 6:4-9) was recited daily. The 18 benedictions were recited or prayed daily (could well be “the prayers” mentionedContinue Reading

Favorite Books List: Spirituality and Spiritual Formation

Every now and then I see people list their favorite books of the last year or of all time. I want to take a crack at it as you might find some books in here you want to read and I would love to hear back from you on what would make your list. InContinue Reading

Gordon Fee’s Admonition to Preachers – Don’t Become “Professional”

Another post from Listening to the Spirit in the Text by Gordon Fee. Fee’s admonition is on the danger of ministers getting out of touch with God and their task becoming routine and “professional” rather than seeing ministry as a spiritual and vibrant activity, “I regularly tell students: Have the touch of God on yourContinue Reading

The Real Agenda of Advertising & God’s Counter-Narrative

The goal of advertising is to convince you that you need something that is non-essential to your survival. 100% of commercials are about non-necessities. Why? Who has to advertise something everyone actually has to buy to survive? Right? So by the very nature of commercials, they are trying to sell you something you can live without,Continue Reading

Spiritual Transformation: More Information is Not the Answer

The Jews had the Law for 1300 years before Christ came. There were all kinds of details in the Law about how to live, what to do in various situations, and how to maintain holiness and deal with sin. As we know today, the Law was not sufficient. What did God do in its place?Continue Reading

Assuming You Are Relevant Can Be Dangerous – Have We Gotten Lazy?

In Dallas Willard’s Book Renovation of the Heart he talks about the confused state of the world and how that confusion (about life, spirituality, purpose, etc) that surrounds us can so easily influence our own thinking that spiritual transformation becomes difficult. He goes on to say that the church has not adequately addressed people’s confusion.Continue Reading

God’s 53 Questions

I am sure you remember the story well. Job was an upright man. Satan thought Job only worshipped God because he had it made. So God allowed all Job had to be taken away in order to find out if man would serve God only because of God’s blessing or because God is God. JobContinue Reading

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