Faith & Prayer
Is This It? How Seemingly Dangerous Questions Strengthen Faith
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I like playing on the edge of things: Riverbanks, mountain ledges, religious convention, the patience of others….But one place I enjoy the most is the edge of my own beliefs. Flirting with the edge is exactly what got Project Conversion and my subsequent 180-degree transformation started in the…
Dharma Lessons from a Newborn
On January 19th, 2012, I became an uncle. Nathan was born a little over five pounds with all 10 fingers and all 10 toes. He seemed perfectly healthy. Except, he was born dead. My sister had a complicated pregnancy. I won’t go into details, but I will say that it was astonishing that Nathan even…
Coaching Soccer (again) and the Conclusion of Purpose, Dharma, and Destiny
That title is actually inaccurate. There is never a conclusion when it comes to exploring our PDD (Purpose, Dharma, and Destiny), so even though we bid the topic farewell, there is plenty of room to revisit and incorporate what we’ve learned int the future. Speaking of incorporating what we’ve learned… Some of you may remember…
Whom or What Will You Reflect Today?
The path given to me requires that I drop myself and become a mirror for those around me. I believe we find a form of this in many if not all faiths/philosophies. Some have taken my statements too far and associated inflated meaning for what I said. “Andrew, are you equating yourself with God, Jesus,…
Drawing a Line in the Sand. Who/What is Andrew Bowen?
A few days ago I asked why so many have left our group, why so many have stopped reading the posts. Understand that this is not about keeping up the numbers. My existence is now in service of others. What use have I for statistics? One of my fellow Congregation members provided this insight: “I…
To Shape Your Life, Become a River.
Rivers are a dominant motif in my personal journey, so it’s no wonder I woke up Wednesday morning with them on my mind. In fact, of all my contemplations, rivers are probably my most frequent. So what’s the big deal? I wasn’t sure at first, until I stopped thinking about the purpose of these rising…
Muhammad’s Calling: A Vision of Terror and Unavoidable Purpose.
His is one of the most intense accounts of an encounter with the divine ever recorded. For years, Muhammad ibn Abdallah took his family on a spiritual retreat during the holy month of Ramadan to Mount Hira outside the city of Mecca. This was a common practice for many in Muhammad’s culture, however Muhammad was…
Domestic Dharma: How Unchecked Personal Goals Threaten What Really Matters
We’ve talked a lot lately about purpose, dharma, and destiny. This is what makes us who we are, what we’re designed for, and the sort of life we are meant to lead. In one post, Moses taught us how fear and self-doubt cripple our capacity to recognize our path in life. In the last post,…
Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Icon of Purpose, Dharma, and Destiny
Today in America, we observe a national holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For some folks, it’s the end of a three-day weekend. For others, it’s a day of jealousy because they do not get a three-day weekend. For others still, it’s just another day with the same problems, same chores–the same life without purpose…
The Bhagavad Gita: How to Face Our Personal War Within
Welcome to the second installment of our month-long series on “Purpose/Dharma/Destiny.” Today we’re talking about the two main characters of possibly the most famous piece of spiritual literature to rise out of India: the Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita means “Song of the Lord.” Who is the Lord here? His name is Krishna, and he is…
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