“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.”
— John O’ Donohue (via anonymousmentor)

“Become a disciple first” by Martin Luther

“In holy and divine matters one must first hear rather than see, first believe rather than understand, first be grasped rather than grasp, first be captured rather than capture, first learn rather than teach, first be a disciple rather than a teacher and master of his own.

We have an ear so that we may submit to others, and eyes that we may take care of others. Therefore, whoever in the church wants to become an eye and a leader and master of others, let him become an ear and a disciple first. This first.

The one who has not been tempted, what kind of things does he know? One who has not had experience, what kind of things does he know? One who does not from experience know what temptations are like, will transmit not things that are known, but either things that are heard or seen, or, what is more dangerous, his own thoughts.

Therefore let him who wants to be sure and wants to counsel others faithfully first have some experience himself, first carry the cross himself and lead the way by his example, and so he will be made certain that he can also be of service to others.”

– Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 11: First Lectures on the Psalms II: Psalms 76-126, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1955), 245-246. Luther is commenting on Psalm 94:8.

[HT: Tolle Lege]

Trust

Telling a Better Story in 2014

If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life. —Jean Houston

This year, as in most years, I am starting it off by thinking about my goals and resolutions for the coming year. While I have some measurable goals my main goal is to tell a better story.

By story I mean the narrative that I consciously and unconsciously tell myself that drives my actions and gives my life meaning. 

When I look at the storyline of my life there is so much of it that is sad and small. 

I want to change that. 

I’m not talking about telling a story I make up but telling, or rather re-discovering, the Story that is being written by the Great Storyteller. 

I want that story to define my life and my actions more than any other story that the world, the devil or I tell myself any given day. 

I experienced some of this over the past year and a half through the parable of the Prodigal son. This is a story that I have known and studied many times but everything changed when I began to really see myself as the prodigal son. Instead of reading it as an example of God’s love for another person, I began reading it as a description of my own present experience of God’s love for me in my sin. The result felt like being saved all over again. And since then, I have gone back to that story again and again and increasingly that story is becoming a real part of the narrative of my life. 

This year I want to press into God’s grand-narrative and live my life as an active participant in His personal plot written for me. I want to move from merely knowing stuff about the story to running around in the story. 

My hope is to trade the bits of sad, small story that I tell myself for more of God’s happy, epic story

It’s been around for awhile now but this is one of my prayers/songs for 2014: 

Set a fire down in my soul,

that I can’t contain,

that I can’t control,

I want more of You! 

Set a Fire - Will Reagan & United Pursuit (by unitedpursuitband)

The NHL Winter Classic

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

One of my favorite things about New Years is the NHL Winter Classic. Growing up in Canada I spent much of my childhood playing street hockey in the snow and cold. My elementary school had an outdoor ice rink. My friends and I all dreamed of being the next Wayne Gretzky or Mark Messier. In a wonderful way for me these outdoor NHL games bring back a flood of memories. They are also incredibly entertaining. This year, Toronto won in a shootout after three regulation periods and one five-minute overtime. Doesn’t get better than that! 

These photos were too good not to post. All photos are credited to Getty and AP Images.

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

The Winter Classic Looks Awesome As Always

Old faithful #webergrill

Top 3 Books from 2013

1) Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosario Butterfield

2) Imagining the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith

3) Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid

“Jesus came…’not simply to show us the pattern of true sonship, but to restore our human life to perfect fellowship with our Father who is in Heaven.’”
— T.F. Torrence ‘When Christ Comes and Comes Again’

7 in 7 Day 3 | Redemption