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The Myth of Indispensability

It’s humbling to discover you’re not indispensable. This unpleasant experience happened to me a few months ago when I had to go on medical leave from work.The whole thing was unimaginable. Within days I went from having a full-time job I loved to no longer even having a workable scan key to get me into the building.Most humbling of all was having to encounter the painful Myth of Indispensability. Put simply, this myth says people can’t survive without us. We’re irreplaceable and thus have…See More
Sep 3
Phil Miglioratti commented on Jim Buchan's blog post The Sentence of Death?
"Thank you Jim, for posting the raw truth of the journey you are on. May many be blessed by your transparency and wise scriptural counsel, Phil"
Aug 25
Jim Buchan's blog post was featured

The Sentence of Death?

As most of my closest friends already know, doctors have recently diagnosed me with cancer. Unbelievable. I certainly never thought it would happen to me.Although this is supposedly a highly “treatable” form of cancer, that’s not particularly comforting. In the old days, cancer was virtually a death sentence, which has caused me to reflect on some insightful words from the apostle Paul:We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province…See More
Aug 25
Jim Buchan posted a blog post

The Sentence of Death?

As most of my closest friends already know, doctors have recently diagnosed me with cancer. Unbelievable. I certainly never thought it would happen to me.Although this is supposedly a highly “treatable” form of cancer, that’s not particularly comforting. In the old days, cancer was virtually a death sentence, which has caused me to reflect on some insightful words from the apostle Paul:We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province…See More
Aug 25
Jim Buchan's blog post was featured

And You Think YOU Have a Crazy Family Tree?

Father’s Day is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Like any holiday, Father’s Day can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the heritage you’re leaving as a parent or grandparent, but that can be a cause for either celebration or concern.Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the sparks that would…See More
Jun 16
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And You Think YOU Have a Crazy Family Tree?

Father’s Day is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Like any holiday, Father’s Day can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the heritage you’re leaving as a parent or grandparent, but that can be a cause for either celebration or concern.Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the sparks that would…See More
Jun 16
Jim Buchan's blog post was featured

Fulfilling Your Purpose

Recently I woke up thinking about an intriguing phrase in Paul’s statement to the Colossians:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me (Colossians 1:27-29…See More
May 31
Jim Buchan posted a blog post

Fulfilling Your Purpose

Recently I woke up thinking about an intriguing phrase in Paul’s statement to the Colossians:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me (Colossians 1:27-29…See More
May 31
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Beautiful in Old Age

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, I find myself thinking about what it takes for someone to be beautiful even in their old age. I’ve concluded there’s no better example than Sarah, the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.In addition to being beautiful in her later years, Sarah also was fruitful and honoring – rare qualities indeed, especially in today’s world. Let’s look at how this was possible:      BEAUTIFUL: If a woman is attractive in her youth, we often attribute it to genetics.…See More
May 11
Jim Buchan's blog post was featured

Beautiful in Old Age

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, I find myself thinking about what it takes for someone to be beautiful even in their old age. I’ve concluded there’s no better example than Sarah, the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.In addition to being beautiful in her later years, Sarah also was fruitful and honoring – rare qualities indeed, especially in today’s world. Let’s look at how this was possible:      BEAUTIFUL: If a woman is attractive in her youth, we often attribute it to genetics.…See More
May 11
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This Is Not the End!

Did Jesus ever make a prediction that turned out to be false? It certainly seemed so when He said upon hearing that His friend Lazarus was sick, “This sickness will not end in death” (John 11:4 NIV).  If you know the story of Lazarus, you remember that his sickness did indeed result in death. In fact, by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, his friend had already been in the tomb for four days.Not only was Lazarus dead, but the situation had already become stinky. “By this time there is a bad…See More
May 5
Jim Buchan's blog post was featured

This Is Not the End!

Did Jesus ever make a prediction that turned out to be false? It certainly seemed so when He said upon hearing that His friend Lazarus was sick, “This sickness will not end in death” (John 11:4 NIV).  If you know the story of Lazarus, you remember that his sickness did indeed result in death. In fact, by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, his friend had already been in the tomb for four days.Not only was Lazarus dead, but the situation had already become stinky. “By this time there is a bad…See More
May 5
Jim Buchan replied to Phil Miglioratti's discussion What Resource/Book Has Equipped You to #ReimagineDISCIPLESHIP?
"It used to be that when I heard about "discipleship," I only thought of the "knowledge" component. Perhaps I got that misconception from Christian bookstores where the discipleship section was basically filled with books on Bible…"
May 2

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Tired of Living on the Fringe?

People battling illness or other serious trials often turn to the book of Job looking for some kind of explanation for what’s happening to them. Although it’s unlikely our situation is even a fraction of the horrendous things Job endured, he becomes our model nevertheless.

If you remember the story, Job’s friends were convinced his suffering was God’s judgment on hidden sin in his life. They were sincere and passionate in their theology, yet they were totally misguided in applying…

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Posted on October 3, 2019 at 4:18pm

The Myth of Indispensability

It’s humbling to discover you’re not indispensable. This unpleasant experience happened to me a few months ago when I had to go on medical leave from work.

The whole thing was unimaginable. Within days I went from having a full-time job I loved to no longer even having a workable scan key to get me into the building.

Most humbling of all was having to encounter the painful Myth of Indispensability. Put simply, this myth says people can’t survive without us. We’re irreplaceable…

Continue

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 7:17pm

The Sentence of Death?

As most of my closest friends already know, doctors have recently diagnosed me with cancer. Unbelievable. I certainly never thought it would happen to me.

Although this is supposedly a highly “treatable” form of cancer, that’s not particularly comforting. In the old days, cancer was virtually a death sentence, which has caused me to reflect on some insightful words from the apostle Paul:

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,…

Continue

Posted on August 24, 2019 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

And You Think YOU Have a Crazy Family Tree?

Father’s Day is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Like any holiday, Father’s Day can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the heritage you’re leaving as a parent or grandparent, but that can be a cause for either celebration or concern.

Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the…

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Posted on June 16, 2019 at 4:52am

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At 10:09am on August 18, 2016, Network Creator / Coordinator said…

Welcome Jim ~ I hope many members of the Discipleship.Network community find your blog postings . . .

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