Haiku Friday – Choices on a Day Off

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy Haiku Friday! This week’s topic is what do you do with an unexpected day off? Those choices in the moment when you didn’t know you were going to have the opportunity to choose? What in the now will you do or be? Ready, set? HAIKU!

Unforeseen day off
Tony Horton – you can wait
Choosing the better

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How to FLOURISH Practically

October 22, 2014 Leave a comment

If you were at Eastern Hills this past weekend, you were a part of the kick off of our FLOURISH Initiative – and what a great kick off it was! The awareness of God’s Spirit, the sense of purpose, the buzz of excitement and the overarching feeling of unity was something to behold. And it is more than a sermon series or some sort of campaign – I believe that this is the new normal for our church.

Please continue reading today’s post at Eastern Hills Staff Blog.

Haiku Friday on a Sunday?

October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy Haiku Friday… on Sunday! Sometimes the haiku come of their own free will… not on a schedule or because of a selected topic… sometimes they rise up from our subconscious in response to, or acknowledgement of, our situation – our struggle – a mile marker on our journey…

What haiku rises in you today?

Doze at a distance
Awake in proximity
Gift not lost on me

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Haiku Friday – My Gang

Happy Haiku Friday to All!

This week let’s consider our pals, our gang, our mates – the folks we live with, the ones we run with, the hearts we laugh and cry with – the ones who have our back and will walk into the fire with us – let’s hear it folks – ready, set, HAIKU!

We’re gathered and sent
All for one and One for all
My community

Haiku Friday – A Few Syllables on Repair

September 26, 2014 1 comment

Happy Haiku Friday Everyone! Been a while since I have visited this corner of the blog but here we are again! Today’s topic? Repair… home repair, heart repair, any kind of repair… drop your syllables in the comments and let’s Haiku!

Sometimes the best way
To proclaim love and build trust
Is just to be still

Who Needs Roots? Look How Tall I Am!

September 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Have you ever seen a little kid stretch their arms way up, reaching as high as they can and shouting, “Look How Tall I Am!!” …then promptly losing their balance and toppling over? They are excited about the upward growth but forgot about their balance.

The last several weeks in our Sunday Gathering, we have been talking about ‘How to Grow a Disciple’ and focusing on the practices and environments that Eastern Hills believes are crucial for this growth. Good stuff, for sure, but in the back of my mind I am reminded of that little kid and a tree I saw at Beaver Lake last year…

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Please continue reading today’s post at Eastern Hills Staff Blog.

Inigo Montoya, Superman and the Question of Vulnerability

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

I have been hearing the word ‘vulnerable’ a lot lately – at my church we talk about living available and vulnerable lives – in my community we have discussed what vulnerability means within shared spaces – in my heart I wonder how vulnerable can I be and still survive? The thing is, every time I hear someone talk about vulnerability, it seems they define it somewhat differently, as if none of us are working from the same definition. Or, in the immortal words of Inigo Montoya,

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The first time I can remember ever hearing the word ‘vulnerability’ was in a Superman comic.

Sort of.

One of the defining attributes of the Man of Steel is his invulnerability, usually shown via pictures of bullets bouncing off his chest or needles breaking on his skin. In short, he could not be pierced. This would infer that vulnerability, then, is in essence a body that can be pierced. But is that all it is?

I have listened to speakers drop details inappropriate for the public forum and then defend their choices by calling it vulnerability.

I have sat at the table with ‘friends’ who used their words to dissect, all the while calling it relational vulnerability.

I have, myself, claimed vulnerability when what I was really doing was hiding.

But is being vulnerable really about breakable skin – or shock and awe – or a license to kill – or an excuse to hide? Are these definitions complete? Are they even accurate in part?

Dictionary.com defines ‘vulnerable’ as: ‘capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt.’ That would certainly point us in the direction of the Superman illustration, the laying aside any layers of protection, the shield if you will. But does it pave the way for those other definitions?

A shield is a passive form of protection, it stops the incoming attack. Not by reaching out but by standing resolute. The sword, on the other hand, is an active form of protection, lashing out and seeking to destroy attacks before they come in. ‘Shock and awe’, ‘the license to kill’, ‘an excuse to hide’ – these are active forms of self protection. And I believe that our tendency to drop the shield while still brandishing the sword is the way that we try to be invulnerably vulnerable.

Without my shield I can get hurt, I can be bruised. But without my sword I can be destroyed, I can’t fight back. And therein lies the dilemma, the dangerous reality of vulnerability…

It seems that real vulnerability not only requires laying down both the sword and the shield, but also kicking them as far out of reach as possible…

If I am to be vulnerable with you then I will not attack. And neither will I defend.

I will simply be – with you.

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