Margin Monday – Overcoming Overload

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By John A. Studebaker, Ph.D.

In his book Margin, Dr. Richard Swenson describes 17 types of overload we experience in our Western culture.  Notable types include:

Activity overload: trying to pack too many things into a day, which only takes away the pleasure of anticipation, the chance for mental preparation, and the delight of reminiscence.

Commitment overload: As Christians we mistake Paul’s model of “being all things to all men” (a call to contextualize the gospel) with making too many commitments, ...

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Margin Monday (week 2): The Pain of Progress

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Last week we defined “Margin” according to the definition provided by Dr. Richard Swenson in his book Margin.  Lets look now at how margin-less living is a symptom of our culture’s fascination with progress, busyness and “success” – and touch on how to live differently.

Swenson holds that “the marginless lifestyle is a relatively new invention and one of progress’s most unreasonable ideas. Yet in a very short time it has become a nearly universal malady. . . Even those with a deep ...

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Theology Thursday

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Theology of Joy … What is it?

Someone once said to me, “Theology is so textbook … and ‘Joy’ is so confusing.  How can these two ever get together?”

For many people these terms are indeed polar opposites.  Why the separation?  Theology is often thought of as something only for intellectual types, while the expression of joy is sometimes reduced to the feelings of faith. Many Christians end up feeling they must pitch their tents in one camp or the other.

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Margin Mondays!

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Dr. Richard Swenson, in his popular book Margin (NavPress, 2004) defines this important concept: “Margin is the space between our load and our limits and is related to our reserves and resilience. It is a buffer, a leeway, a gap; the place we go to heal, to relate, to reflect, to recharge our batteries, to focus on the things that matter most.” Swenson explains that our culture is enthralled with progress, accomplishment, and busyness.  The result is chronic overloading of our personal, spiritual, ...

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The BMI Oasis

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The BMI Oasis

Nestled on a serene 3-acre setting, our property incorporates a peaceful pond (with paddleboat), an island (for picnics, bonfires and relaxing), prayer hut/wildlife observatory,  wrap-around deck, hammock, walking trail, cozy entertainment room, jacuzzi room, etc.

Watch our new Oasis video here

 

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A place of rest for Christian leaders

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A place of rest for Christian leaders

Our passion is to meet the specific needs of Christian leaders. We provide retreats, confidential coaching, and specific resources to assist you in living a high quality of life while in ministry.

Time at the Oasis is a chance to get in closer touch with your own heart, the Lord, your life-calling, and/or your spouse.

 

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Church Partnerships

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Church Partnerships

The BMI Oasis is Partnering with churches in order to give each Pastor and staff a scheduled annual retreat. We also provide pulpit supply (especially on the Sunday after the Lead Pastor’s retreat), confidential coaching, and life-focusing resources.

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Revitalize, Refocus, Renew

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Revitalize, Refocus, Renew

We offer five Retreat Options:

* Revitalization Retreat
* Refocus Retreat
* Renewal Retreat
* LifePlanning Retreat
* Family Plan Retreat

Explore Retreat Options.

 

 

 

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The Great Room

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The Great Room

Your stay with us includes full use of our “Great room”, a very relaxing setting for “hanging out” with spouse, family, or in a day of quiet study or retreat. Includes kitchenette, TV, dozens of family and child friendly DVDs, WiFi, games (ping-pong, board games, etc), plush sofas, a workout area, and toys for children.

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Testimonies from Pastors

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Testimonies from Pastors

[LifeBridge] enabled me to distill a fresh articulation of both my purpose and my mission statement. It was very effective. As a Pastor it helped me clarify my gifting and purpose to my congregation.”  Kevin McCarthy (Pastor, Christ’s Covenant Church, Utica Michigan)

John and Julie are outstanding and accommodating hosts. Their home is inviting and spacious. The food was fantastic and timely. Our morning walk through the woods behind the house was just what we needed.” Rev. Lon and Michelle Boama

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