In a time marked by anxiety, Following Jesus (a collection of talks by the late Henri Nouwen) bids us find our home, our security and belonging, with Jesus. In an early chapter he marks out the transition point of the ministry of John the Baptist, how his first, consistent command of ‘repent’ gives way to …

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The Bible has led the Christian church to understand its corporate gatherings as directed by God, directed to God, with blessings for Christians, and a witness to unbelievers. When the order is reversed that which God has directed for Christians to offer to him, along with the blessings they receive from obedience can be jettisoned …

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Michael Milton relates an episode from his past life experience of receiving a safety warning while working on an oil field and draws a parallel application to spiritual health: [The warning from his foreman] “When you smell rotten-eggs at the well site, boys, you are smelling a poisonous, corrosive, flammable gas that is hydrogen sulfide. …

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There’s a world of difference between feeling bad and being sorry. A marker of that difference is whether the response to your wrongdoing is about managing the situation or seeking mercy. Sarah Condon mentions the example of Judas: This is where we learn the full meaning of what Judas has to teach us, one that’s …

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