Sacred Euphoria

Euphoric mysticism probably conjures up images of hippies smoking weed, doing yoga, and opining about Krishna. However, mysticism doesn’t only belong to eastern religions. It’s central to discipleship to King Jesus.  Euphoria According to Merriam-Webster, euphoria simply means “a feeling of great happiness and excitement.” It’s pure ecstasy, that moment when you are on cloud nine. The word was derived from the Greek word euphoros, which means “healthy.” Since then, it has…

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The Transformative Power of a Cross-Carrying Life

The call to "carry our cross" is... intense. I don't know that talking and thinking about it means as much as just doing it, but then Jesus did leave us not only His example but also His words. We have to understand what He calls us to do; we have to count the cost. Reading books about cruciformity such as "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and "Cruciformity" by Michael J.…

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From leaven to loaf: the Kingdom in 2022

Capturing wild yeast in the Tudor period - Source It's quite interesting watching yeast at work. It is everywhere, ostensibly - on the peel of pears and grapes, in the air, etc. Medieval bakers did not quite know what it was, but they knew what it did. They would set a bowl of flour and water out in the field or under an apple tree. Over time, slowly gaining strength and multiplying,…

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(Video) Courageous Love: The Story of Dirk Willems

When our survival instinct kicks in, it's often every man and women for themselves. Yet, in the moment of crisis, one courageous young man, Dirk Willems, made a decision that cost him everything. He chose the way of love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Uw-E3tAHU Narration by Patrick Schrock / Video by Rebekah Mui The year was 1569. Holland was under the rule of the Spanish King Philip the Second. The dikes around the village of Asperen…

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(Video) Costly Discipleship: The Witness of Anna Jansz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sca_H9TS9H8 What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus, to count the cost and carry our cross? Anna Jansz, a 16th century martyr, came to faith amidst chaos and revolution in 16th century Holland. She chose the way of Christ and loved not her life until death. In this, she demonstrated the courage and strength of Kingdom womanhood and her last words to an infant son echo to us across…

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(Video) Have we misunderstood the cross? An essay on spirituality and suffering

(First published on September 26, 2021) https://youtu.be/7elTybuOA7U The way of the Cross means sacrifice,As to God you yield your allTo be laid on the altar, the place of death,Where fire will surely fall.Mary E. Maxwell For a long time I was quite passionate about the idea that God calls us to take up the cross and sacrifice everything for Him. I believed a Christianity centered around this was the one thing badly…

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Engaging Women with the Bible and Theology: Off-Script with Kristi Mast

https://youtu.be/cl5NfiQjjLM How do we get women engaged in studying the Bible and theology? How do we get them on fire about faith and following Jesus? Kristi Mast is a Biblical Studies major passionate about community-situated discipleship and spiritual growth in her community. We sat down to have a wonderful conversation about women thriving and growing in the Body. Off-script conversations now available on Anchor.Fm and Spotify.

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