Category Archives: Christianity and the 12 Steps

Stories and the Story-telling God

The story–from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace–is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that … Continue reading

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“Why Don’t Matter. What Matters.”—Wisdom from Rose

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. –The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Neibuhr.‘ ‘Why’ don’t matter. ‘What’ matters. –Rose Wilkins. When … Continue reading

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The Addicts and the Mystics: Lessons from the Twelve Steppers for Christians Who Would Pray

“As thou art in church or in cell, that same frame of mind carry out into the world, into its turmoil and its fitfulness.” –Meister Eckhart. For the Kingdom of God is within you.” –Jesus. “One day at a time.” … Continue reading

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On the Island of Misfit Toys

“Two months ago I was homeless and living in my car behind the Recovery House downtown,” said a guy in a meeting I was at recently, “and my life has turned around so quickly it is unbelievable.”  He went on … Continue reading

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The Willingness to Be Changed

“…In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet! For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15.52. Let us talk about change and the … Continue reading

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Thomas Kinkade and the Reality of Addiction”

I don’t know Thomas Kinkade’s art well, and it does not especially appeal to my tastes, but I do know that he was a big deal in certain Christian circles.  And since since his death last week–apparently at least partly … Continue reading

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“Attraction Rather than Promotion”: Evangelism according to Bill W (and, as it turns out, St Peter, too)

In the last post, we explored AA and other Twelve Step programs as “underground fellowships” of vulnerability, joy and love, and we considered what lessons might be learned from these programs that could strengthen the Christian Church.  In the introduction … Continue reading

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