Year: 2017

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3 Ways to become more Holy

If it weren’t for all the fluorescent trainers, patterned running pants and fitness apps on my phone, I’d think I was unfit.  These are clearly markers of my physical health – therefore, I’m doing well. I don’t know about you, but I often live in an envy/failure/guilt/repeat cycle. I see someone with a figure I want, strength I want, ability I want (usually on social media). I try to achieve this, fail spectacularly, feel horrifically useless as a human being, before even broaching the negative emotions toward my body that got me in this place. Then I start all over again, as I see another stunning figure I want. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, we are a culture that claims the outward body is the sum of our identity. Although as Christians it’s probably a good idea to not root our identity in anything other than being fully loved and known by Jesus, we unfortunately do it. A lot. ‘The body’ within Christianity’s history has been pulled apart so much that it’s difficult to know where we stand. …

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Peers

Peers are my nemesis, slightly awkward being a single 30 something in London… I know. Who doesn’t have a few social faux pas in their closet right?! Or awkward social tendencies?! Socially awkward tendencies can potentially be hilarious, however they are more likely to be hilariously painful.  Along with that goes the pain of not being able to take our place at the table (metaphorically and physically).  Approaching an environment, pulling up a pew, embracing the community around the table can be difficult if we view the world in stereotypes, if we try to fit ourselves into that mould and if we, ultimately, view ourselves as different. We long to belong, we long to be loved and known, to have friends and companions around us who know us fully, and we feel fully alive with them.  Yet, why doesn’t my life look like this? Why can’t I reach this idillic image I have?  One problem is trying to fit in, as opposed to belonging. Brene Brown puts it like this, “Fitting in is assessing situations …