"When you begin to think outside the box, you often become some other "leaders" lousy follower. That usually costs something" (Andy Rayner)

"Our guardian angels are bored." (Mike Foster)

It's where I feel I'm at these days. “In the second half of life, it is good just to be a part of the general dance. We do not have to stand out, make defining moves, or be better than anyone else on the dance floor. Life is more participatory than assertive, and there is no need for strong or further self-definition” (Falling Upward. Richard Rohr.120).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bearable Suffering Eats Our Soul.

"Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our soul, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives."
( Paulo Coelho.  The Alchemist)

Everything We Want To Do Is Impossible

"...we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there."
(Paulo Coelho,  forward to, The Alchemist)

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Soul Cry?

“The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. ” 
― Katie McGarryPushing the Limits

Dance Like Nobody's Looking

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.” 
― William W. Purkey

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grown Up Christmas Wish List

"No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend And right would always win
And love would never end

This is my grown up Christmas list"
- David Foster

Discipleship Will Fix It

"I am not one who thinks that we ought to criticize the church very much. There is nothing wrong with the church that discipleship will not cure."- Dallas Willard

The Preferably Unheard

"There is really no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard." - Arundhati Roy

How to Measure A Church3s Success Accurately

"Ultimately each church will be evaluated by only one thing, its disciples. Your church is only as good as its disciples. It does not matter how good your praise, preaching, programs or property are. If your disciples are passive, needy, consumerist, and not moving in the direction of radical obedience, your church is not good." Neil Cole?

We Have The Same Questions And Problems

"Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions."
(Paulo Coelho)

Drink From Every Cup????

"Never be ashamed,’ he said. ‘Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.’
‘How will I know which is which?’
‘By the taste. You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one."

(Paulo Coelho, Brida)

Warriors Telling Stories Around The Fire.

"The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories."
(Paulo Coelho. the-zahir)

Courage To Say Yes To Life

"Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?"
(Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes)

Somewhere On Earth There Is Someone Holy

Oh! he understood that for the humble soul of the Russian peasant, worn out by grief and toil, and still more by the everlasting injustice and everlasting sin, his own and the world’s, it was the greatest need and comfort to find someone or something holy to fall down before and worship.

“Among us there is sin, injustice, and temptation, but yet, somewhere on earth there is someone holy and exalted. He has the truth; he knows the truth; so it is not dead upon the earth; so it will come one day to us, too, ... "

(Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Brothers Karamazov)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Are Those People Worthy?

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." (Thomas Merton)

Buffoons Of Buffoons.

"His former acquaintances found him looking terribly aged, although he was by no means an old man. He behaved not exactly with more dignity but with more effrontery. The former buffoon showed an insolent propensity for making buffoons of others."
(Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Brothers Karamazov)

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Righteous Gentile - Bonhoeffer

"Just hours before his execution in Flossenbürg concentration camp, the man directed his last words to this bishop. That Sunday he spoke them to a British officer, who was imprisoned with him, after he performed his last service and preached his last sermon. This officer was liberated and brought those last words and the news of the man’s death across Europe with him.

Across the English Channel, across France, and across Germany, in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, in a three-story house at 43 Marienburgerallee, an elderly couple sat by their radio. In her time the wife had given birth to eight children, four boys and four girls. The second son had been killed in the First War, and for a whole year his young mother had been unable to function. Twenty-seven years later, a second war would take two more boys from her. The husband was the most prominent psychiatrist in Germany. They had both opposed Hitler from the beginning and were proud of their sons and sons-in-law who had been involved in the conspiracy against him. They all knew the dangers. But when the war at last ended, news of their two sons was slow to arrive in Berlin. A month earlier they had finally heard of the death of their third son, Klaus. But about their youngest son, Dietrich, they had heard nothing. Someone claimed to have seen him alive. Then a neighbor told them that the BBC would the next day broadcast a memorial service in London. It was for Dietrich.

At the appointed hour, the old couple turned on their radio. Soon enough the service was announced for their son. That was how they came to know of his death.

As the couple took in the hard news that the good man who was their son was now dead, so too, many English took in the hard news that the dead man who was a German was good. Thus did the world again begin to reconcile itself to itself. The man who died was engaged to be married. He was a pastor and a theologian. And he was executed for his role in the plot to assassinate Hitler. This is his story."
( Eric Metaxas.  Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet,  Spy. A Righteous Gentile Vs The Third Reich.)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Our Church Buildings Can Feed EVERY Hungry Person On Earth.

"The rational dissonance gets even more intense at this time of year as millions of people will gather in billions of dollars worth of religious buildings to celebrate the birth of a homeless man while mostly ignoring the homeless around them. ....

Forget the money spent on pet food that would feed the world’s hungry.

Forget the money spent on arms and war that would clothe, educate and feed every poor person on the planet ten times over.

Forget what the 1% do with their wealth.

The money spent on religious buildings by those who claim to follow Jesus would also feed, clothe and educate every child born into poverty.

This is not about a scarcity of resources.
This is about misallocation of abundant resources.
This is about actually following Jesus who said, “Whatever you do unto the least you have done unto me."

(Steven Hill)

Status Over Happiness In Old Canada

"You mean they convinced people serfdom was an okay thing?
Oh quite easily. The most menial and wretched toil was held to be highly honourable. It conveyed a magical thing called "status." People preferred it to happiness."
(Pierre Berton, The Smug Minority,  1967)

Degradung Jobs And Grinding Poverty.

"...where those people really like serfs?
They would have resisted the name; but in our terms they were... historical evidence makes it clear that the masses of the people who lived in Canada in the Sixties were chained to tedious and degrading jobs which they despised; that between one-fifth and one-third of them were prisoners of a poverty so grinding we can scarcely contemplate it; and that only the wealthy had the freedom to enjoy a proper education."

(Pierre Berton, The Smug Minority. 1967)

Im Not Doing Anything

"When people ask me what I am doing on my day off. I say, 'l'm not doing anything."

They then suggest doing something.

To which I reply 'You must have misunderstood me, when I say I'm not doing anything. It' means I have specifically put time aside to do nothing."

Usless Jobs

"In a mechanized society there are tens of thousands of such button pushers and machine watchers. When true automation comes they will not be needed, but unless we abandon the work ethic of another era, their lives may still be wasted because of blind insistence that everyone must have a "job" even if the job is useless."

(Pierre Berton, The Smug Minority. 1967, Page 60)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ebola Can't Be Cured In MY Church!

Time Magazine: Amazing Ebola heros.....  must read.... 

However, this quote made me sad..... because people still think God has a special house, requires one for worship..... and we shan't contaminate the "sanctuary" by.....

We have resurrected temple theology, by creating a local church building theology....
Yep, and no matter what you say some still dont get it.... just like the article says.

"The Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) hospital didn’t have an isolation ward, nor was there time or money enough to build one. No hospital in Liberia had one. Looking around the compound for a solution, Brown’s eye settled on the modest chapel, bare but for a few battered wooden pews and a lectern that served as a pulpit.

“Well, of course, turning the chapel into an Ebola unit was not welcomed by the staff of the institution. The bulk of them said, ‘Why should we turn the house of God into a place where we put people with such a deadly disease?’ And some said, ‘Where will you provide for us to worship in the morning?’” Brown recalls"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Foul Tyranny.......

"There be rulers who have ruled with a foul tyrannic sway, • But they soon
became as though they had never, never been:..."

(Lady Burton's Edition of Her Husband's Arabian Nights: Translated ..., Volume 1 edited by Lady Isabel Burton, Justin Huntly McCarthy)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Don't Piss On The Earth's Rug...

"We are all time-sharers on planet Earth.  We are not asked to leave it a better place.  We are asked not to break anything or stain the rug."
~ Robert Brault

The Happy Rain

"There are many things I do for amusement, but for happiness I like to gather up my memories and go for a walk in the rain." ~ Robert Brault

Never Wrong.... But

"At some point you must decide if you want to succeed or just be someone who was never to blame for anything going wrong."
~Robert Brault

Only Sad, Not Unhappy

"One thing I've gotten used to over the years is people thinking I'm unhappy when I'm just sad."
~Robert Brault

Costs Of Exploring A Mysterious Smile

"There is often little behind a mysterious smile, but there are only expensive ways to find out."
(Robert Brault )

Men Want "Life Woman"

"What a woman wants from a man is love.  What a man wants from a woman is life." ~Robert Brault

Babe-In-Arms

"Is it so much that love asks -- that one day you be somebody's strength, the next day their babe-in-arms?"
(Robert Brault)

One More Chance To Love

"Another day, another chance to cherish those who have cast their lot with yours."
~Robert Brault

Better Houses... Lesser Men

"While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings."

(Henry David Thoreau)

Alone In What Matters Most

"In what concerns you much do not think that you have companions —know that you are alone in the world." (Henry David Thoreau)

Ask To See God... No Servant

When you travel to the Celestial City, carry no letter of introduction. When you knock, ask to see God — none of the servants. ~Henry David Thoreau. Letter to Harrison Blake. March 27,  1848

You Blind Me From Seeing God.

"When you knock, ask to see God — none of the servants."
~Henry David Thoreau

Trust Is Average Of Lies?

"If there be no God, then what is truth but the average of all lies."
~Robert Brault

Travelling At The Speed Of Time

"No matter how you rush about, you will find at the end of the day that you traveled at the speed of time."
~Robert Brault

Unknown Shrines?

"We are Godseekers all, though some be churchgoing believers and others pilgrims to an unknown shrine." ~Robert Brault

God Tried To Be A Secret..... but then....

"If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines."
~Robert Brault

My Joy and Life Sucking Need To Be "Right" Causes Me To Be So "Badly" Wrong

I believe the core problematic issue within the human experience has something to do with the inherent desire of wanting to be certain we are 'right' (aka, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). This to me is the root of the core problem within our united journey as mankind because as soon as we feel certain we are 'right' we then believe we have the grounds to judge others. As soon as we convince others they can join us in our 'rightness' we can create power in numbers to do as we believe our 'rightness' demands of us.

This is where all the evil in life takes place, isn't it? Right there in the assumptions that bind judgement of others together; for no matter what actions follow judging others, they are always justified in our minds for we are certain these judgmental actions are for the greater good, no matter how awful these actions truly are....

We still have our beliefs, but we hold them in open palms instead of closed fists. We love with our beliefs instead of fighting with them. We choose to be human, and embrace our oneness as humanity. Most of all, we choose to enter into dialogue and discussion where we previously only entered into battles and angry defense."

(Mick Mooney.  How to Be Free in Faith Instead of a Slave to Religion-Made Certainty ,12/10/14 10. Huffington post)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Love Mingled With Grief Grows Greater?

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater."

~J.R.R. Tolkien. Lord of the Rings

Unflinchingly Following The Light

"No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly."

-J.R.R. Tolkien

Becoming Alive... Tolkien

"Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

There Is A Savage Savage Greed In Our Genes (Farley Mowat - Canadian Author)

"I think,  that there is a blind greed, a savage savage greed that is in our genes. The best that we can do with it is mask it. And that is what a lot of writers, including myself, I think,  have been doing, without realizing it. We tend to act as apologists for our own species. We tend to mask our detrimental aspects. And most of us don't ever realize that we are: I can't say we are being used, because who is it that is using us? We are using ourselves or abusing ourselves for the good of mankind, the apparent good, leading to the ultimate destruction, not only of our own species, but of many other species too.... It's confused, and I am confused."
(Farley Mowat ). Interview

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Putting Back More.....

"A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."George Bernard Shaw

Confusing Accepting A Belief Position With Connection with A Life Giving Spirit

"In our society, we tend to swear unyielding allegiance to a rigid position, confusing that action with finding an authentic connection to a life-giving Spirit."
(Rich Mullins. Forward to "Ragamuffin Gospel", Brennan Manning.

Does God Embrace My Humanness Even If You Don't?

"I discovered how little I had to do to deserve and receive the love of God and that He loved me more than I had ever imagined. Suddenly, instead of fearing and denying all of my real or imagined shortcomings, I could embrace my humanness. I could see God pursuing me through it and in spite of it."
(Michael Smith. Forward to "Ragamuffin Gospel. Brennan Manning)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I'm An Alive Child Soldier Boy

"Grateful that I am alive and was lucky enough to survive the civil war in my country, Sierra Leone, where I fought as a child soldier at the age of thirteen. " (Ishmael Beah)

Your Christian Noose

" Religion has programmed you with fear.

Fear of God’s rejection and disapproval
Fear of God’s discipline and punishment
Fear of Hell Fear of forfeiting God’s blessing
Fear of what you feel inside
Fear of trusting your own inner guidance
Fear of thinking for yourself
Fear of being wrong
Fear of being rejected by others

This is what religion does to some people. Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles. Courage is a muscle that needs exercise to get strong."

(Jim Palmer. Notes From Over The Edge)

Christian Kissing..... Let's Talk Kissing

Who wants a Left brain kiss? Bla! Speaking about how life is not so scripted....

"When we kiss someone, we don’t left brain it; we right brain a kiss. We don’t analyze a kiss before we do it, or plan it out according to some rule of thumb. We just make it up as we go along, following the signs, signals, and feedback loops of the one we’re kissing. We “kiss” life the same way."
(Leonard Sweet. The Well Played Life)