“Goodness” Must Be a Gift

April 10, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Goodness isn’t good until it is given away.” Ilia Delio

A little theology…

In the creation narrative of Genesis, God creates the Divine vision of earth in six days. And five times the author says essentially “God observed what he had created and God saw that it was good. God didn’t “say” it was good. No he “saw” that what had been created was good. And then on the sixth day, “God observed all that he had created and he saw that all was very good.” In this post we will explore the thought that God saw, in creation, a perfect reflection of the nature of the Godhead.

The Simple Goodness of “Good”

I think it is important to note that what God “saw” was simply good. God did not see “Greatness,” or “Awesomeness,” or something “Spectacular.” ” Superlatives were unnecessary when there is a very modest, yet precise, word to convey, “divine mystery transformed into matter.” And God saw that “It was good.” The wonder of this unpretentious word “good” seems to have been lost in translation.
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#186 Terry Hershey: Talking to Ourselves

April 6, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today Terry Hershey and I explore one possible reason that America is a radically divided country. And each side is firmly convinced that they are right, as each will cite “supposed factual information” in support of their beliefs.

But… information itself is not the problem. It’s about the source of our information.

One of the big reasons for our strong battle lines just may be that our information is too biased. We tend to rely only on information that supports the stance we have already agreed upon. Therefore we end up talking to ourselves.

Is a middle ground even possible? In this podcast Terry and I really wrestle with trying to figure out some way to have bi-partisan dialogue.

I hope you enjoy two guys stumbling around in hope of discovering a common ground. I think we almost get there… in the second half of the episode.

See for yourself as we welcome Terry.

Visit Terry at www.terryhershey.com .

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Out of Darkness

April 3, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 3 Comments

We realize the importance of light when we see darkness.” Malala Yousafzai

“… out of darkness into light.” I Peter 2.9 NCV

Remember the old TV show “The A-Team?” George Peppard headed a team of ultra-talented, albeit misguided, group of “heroes” that went around saving everyday people from powerful and malevolent villains. Many of us still recall the words of the charming leader of the group who was fond of saying—always in the midst of utter chaos—“I love it when a plan comes together.”
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From the Archives Jenn Bork: “Feeling” Fully Alive

March 30, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today I really look forward to the show, not so much because of the fascinating content but more because of our ultra fascinating guest… my dear, dear brilliant friend, Jennifer Bork.

Now, Jenn comes to us with no breathtaking resume, has authored no books, has no blog, podcast or business that places her atop the so-called social scale of that which most Americans secretly strive for.

Instead, Jenn Bork is a wife of Jon Bork, mother of two amazing children August and Tessa, a Facebook Make up guru, and a gym and boxing fanatic … but mostly Jennifer is a woman with as much practical wisdom as anyone I know.

Jennifer and I worked very closely together in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Officially she was Executive Director of my company, but truly she did her best job as my creative muse. Apart from my wife, no one “gets me” like Jennifer. She understands both my personal strengths as well as my core pathologies that drive half of what I do and I think.

So today, Jenn and I will have a somewhat rambling conversation, catching up, after nearly a decade of very brief contact, as we brainstorm the meaning of life for the average individual and l most likely will slip into discussion about the impacts and learnings from months of quarantine.

Visit Jennifer on Facebook at her Page: Jennifer Bork

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Own Your Irritation

March 27, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Every time you find yourself irritated with someone, the one you need to look at is yourself. The question is not, ‘What’s wrong with this person?’ but ‘What does this irritation tell me about myself?’” Anthony de Mello

Talk about an irritating quote. Just the thought that the problem is me is irritating!

I find it alarming that way too frequently my frustration or irritation with another personal is actually more about me than it is the other person. Why do I get so upset? Well, perhaps because things didn’t turn out the way I wanted. And of course, who knows better than I do when it comes to the best decisions and actions regarding my life and the lives of others? After all, my world is the only one that really matters. Right?
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