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“We are at a symbolic disadvantage as a wealthy culture. Jesus said that the rich man or woman will find it hard to understand what he is talking about. The rich can satisfy their loneliness and longing in false ways, in quick fixes that avoid the necessary learning. In terms of soul work, we dare not get rid of the pain before we have learned what it has to teach us. That’s why the poor have a head start. They can’t resort to an instant fix to any problem: aspirin, a trip, or some entertainment. They remain empty whether they want to or not.”

Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003), 43

– Necessary Learning
Orange 2012

Orange For the Leader

  ORANGE IS SIMPLE. IT’S A STRATEGY. It's a strategy that I've been involved with in some way or another for…

“The lie of narcissism is that we can control a world that is spinning out of orbit by narrowing the field of ambiguity into a simplistic perspective. We choose this perspective—a path of rigidity and dogmatism that limits options and lets us deny complexity in the world. We do this even though complexity is inevitable, and no leader will succeed if she closes herself off from it. Only by letting go of dogmatism and embracing complexity can a leader open her mind to a greater capacity for creativity, leading to success.”

Dan B. Allender, “Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness.”

– Lie of Narcissism

Orange Books

WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS SUMMER? Orange Books has put together a reading list just for you. Whether you are…

Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. Christians are called to…take up our proper role, our fully human role, as agents, heralds, and stewards of the new day that is dawning. That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian.

N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (HarperOne, 2010)

 

– Made for Justice

What is home anyway?

BY: Starr Cliff I have a really great life. A perfect life? No. I have certainly had heartache and loss;…

“It is always true to some extent that we make our images of God. It is even truer that our image of God makes us. Eventually we become like the God we image. One of the most beautiful fruits of knowing the God of Jesus is a compassionate attitude towards ourselves… This is why Scripture attaches such importance to knowing God. Healing our image of God heals our image of ourselves.”

Brennan Manning, “The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus.

– Image of Ourselves
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