Almana Ger Yatom

Widows, Strangers, Orphans: Journeying with the Poor

June 2, 2015
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Biblical giving

Giving honestly..... Most of what we say is “Christian giving” is actually not biblical giving. Many Christians are content to give their tithes to their church (I mean the rich churches, not the ones in the slums) unthinkingly. If they look closer, they will find out that their giving is not really for God. Most of our giving is spent towards our own comfort, to pay for our nice building, Read more [...]

June 2, 2015
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Our arrogance and our liturgy

In general, no one in the protestant evangelical church knows how to give a homily. The reason is obvious. No one there understands anymore the liturgy. We in the evangelical community evangelizes fervently and constantly but we do not realize that the entire mass is actually an acted out gospel – an evangelism in drama form. A homily is always part of the liturgy and makes no sense elsewhere. Read more [...]

June 2, 2015
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How to hide the Bible

Many misguided evangelical Christians think (wrongly) that by dishing out or reciting Bible verses, they attain a certain magical power like a chanted Hindu mantra. They think having bible verses in verse number and chapter or literal verbatim recitation of the bible, makes them more successful or effective, either in evangelism or in their business or personal formation. Nothing could be so erroneous. Read more [...]

June 2, 2015
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The Prayer of Love

What is the core of our spirituality? It is the warm and vital relationship between a father and a son, in this case, the father is the Holy God and the son is us (those brought from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light – meaning, not all of us, just those who have with strong evidence, seen this salvation take place personally in their lives). This wonderful relationship is most Read more [...]

June 2, 2015
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when the soul is awake

someone came to me one time and said, if we have the Holy Spirit, do we need to do silent retreat or have solitude? in psychology, some people are called oblivious, meaning they have no awareness of what is going on inside them or around them. they do not know they are angry for example. it will not help people if they have the Holy Spirit but their souls are asleep. this is a natural human capacity Read more [...]

June 2, 2015
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finding our freedom…

when i bring my students to the slums, i only give them one rule: to find out what they can live without. when they sleep in the slums, can they do without their bed or their toothpaste or their toilet paper? the moment they stop, to say the cannot live without this or without that, their journey with the poor stops. one lady student was so ashamed to move her vowels in her host's home that she Read more [...]

June 2, 2015
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The Bible and Reality

The bible is our lens that allows us to see reality. For many people, only material things or physical things are real. They believe, only things they can touch or measure or see are real and the rest do not exist or do not matter. This belief can be very subtle as when people promote or sell aggressively a kind of prosperity or development that is very materialistic. We object when we can, and Read more [...]

June 1, 2015
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Descartes and World Trends or how to live counter-culturally

Descartes represents the apex of the renaissance leading to the industrial revolution, which made science or more precisely scientism the primary bias of the world. It made scientific thinking the main mode of examination so that only things that could be empirically established is true which means only things visible and material are true.   Because of science's great success, religion Read more [...]

May 24, 2015
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The Imagination and Discernment

There is a great misuse of the imagination that is leading many Christians astray. Imagination is important and vital in discernment, even in interpreting scripture.   I think the problem arose from our overly literal approach to the bible (because we believe the Bible is the literal word of God – a reaction to the liberal theology or maybe to the abuses of allegory), so that many outside Read more [...]

May 24, 2015
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The Art of Letting Go…

I do not know of a more important psychological skill than the ability to let go. We live in a fallen world. We have been kicked out of the Garden. The whole scheme is of course redemptive, so that in the harsh realities outside the garden, we will, we all humankind, will regain our senses! It is supposed to work. The pain is supposed to send us back running to God, theoretically. My favorite book Read more [...]
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