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The Desert as Christian Failure

The church has consistently ministered to the unintentional victims of failure. It has found it much harder, however, to accept intentional failure as central to the gospel itself. Yet Christianity is for losers—so much so that winners must undergo failure to become Christian. Against a lifetime of socialization, there remains the firm insistence: “Whoever would save [one’s] life will lose it, and... Keep Reading

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Welcoming It All

A friend recently gave me a copy of the Metta Institute’s “Five Precepts”—wise words about how to live that begin with “Welcome everything.” I immediately thought of the “Welcoming prayer” my spiritual director sent me some time ago that begins with, “I welcome everything that comes to me today.”  When I first heard that prayer I thought that to pray it authentically,... Keep Reading

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A Resurrection Model for Failure

Failure, real or perceived, taps into our fears that we are not acceptable, worthy, valuable, lovable. The challenge of failure is to remain faithful in the midst of those fears, in the mire and muck of pain, grief, loss, disappointment, embarrassment, insecurity, or uncertainty—be it financial, personal, or spiritual. To be faithful does not mean to ignore, discount, repress, or deny failure... Keep Reading

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