Sam Radford

August 26, 2021

Bearing with one another

I’m sharing more wisdom today from Saul of Tarsus, the first century writer. Though this particular line may or may not have come from his quill*, the insight is clear (and challenging). In Ephesians 4:2, the author encourages the faith community in Ephesus to be people committed to ‘bearing with one another in love’. I appreciate the ...
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August 24, 2021

What to wear

“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. —Colossians 3” ‘Clothe yourselves’ is one of my favourite metaphors used by the first century writer Saul of Tarsus. He uses this, and variations of it, in various of his writings when encouraging his readers to live a life of moral virtue. I find this help...
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August 23, 2021

Bravery has many faces

Glennon Doyle shared some astute thoughts in a post on Instagram last week. Here’s what she said: “There is a family next to me at the store. I just heard the dad say to his kid: “Well, it’s brave to go on a roller coaster. And it’s also brave to say you don’t want to go on a roller coaster.” Wanted to tell you something. That is good....
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August 20, 2021

Owning our limitations

Shawn Blanc wrote about the ‘law of tradeoffs’ in his newsletter this week, saying: “In order to give your perpetual devotion to any one thing it will require the perpetual neglect of many other things. Focus requires tradeoffs.” He then added: “You can only focus on so many areas of life at a time. And you can only do focused, deep wo...
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August 19, 2021

Fooling ourselves

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. —Richard Feynman” I started reading The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef last night. It’s a book focussed on helping people get better at seeing clearly and rationally. Much as we might like to think otherwise, this is no easy task. She starts...
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August 18, 2021

Is the rise of Western atheism permanent?

“Do you ever wonder why Western atheism is on the rise? Why does the Christian West, by far, produce the highest number of atheists? What I believe, and have dedicated my life to reversing, is that we have not moved doctrine and dogma to the level of inner experience. As long as “received teaching” doesn't become experiential knowledge...
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August 17, 2021

A pathway into deeper knowing

I’m reading John Philip Newell’s delightful book ‘Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul’ at the moment. The most recent chapter I read explored the role of the imagination in Celtic spirituality. I found this quote, talking about C.S. Lewis, sagacious: “He saw that the world of the imaginal is not simply fantasy, that it can be a pathway into deep...
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August 16, 2021

Happiness or contentment?

I appreciated this Hasidic proverb I stumbled across last week: “While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.” This suggestion that seeking happiness moves us away from contentment is profound and provocative. But there’s wisdom to be considered here. Happiness is a temporary state, dependent on circumstances. But contentment e...
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August 13, 2021

Being creative in showing appreciation

It’s always tempting to wait for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or other special occasions to let friends and family know that we love and appreciate them. Most gift-giving and note writing is saved for those predictable moments in any given year. Which is fine! I’m not suggesting we stop using these moments to show our love for ...
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August 12, 2021

Regarding others as better than ourselves

I try and read a chapter of Scripture most mornings. Today’s chapter was from a segment of an ancient letter written to the church in Philippi some time in the first century AD. These two verses jumped out at me, mostly because of how counter-cultural they sound to our modern ears: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in h...
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