Engaging the Heart Blog

  • Hearing

    By Tony Stoltzfus How to Hear His Voice Hearing God’s voice through Questions for Jesus isn’t hard. You just have to ask Jesus a different kind of ...
  • Coaching People Out of Flat Lives

    Years ago I read a well-known book on the life of King David that really made an impact on me – just not one that I think the author intended! While David is probably my favorite Biblical character, I wasn’t getting much out of the book until I started to tune into the author’s point of view. Each incident in David’s life...
  • After the MetaFormation Workshop...

    Knowledge without practice or application gets lost -- it falls flat. It becomes another thing someone told you once or a note you made in your phone with the intention of coming back to it. The words start to fade because there isn’t any action tied to them, no real tread marks on our mind that make them real...

  • Experiencing the Living from the Heart Workshop...

    Right before lunch on day one, I was up next to share in a small group, but I was pretty much ready to burst into tears. I didn’t want to talk -- about anything. I’d voluntarily signed up for this workshop, but suddenly wondered why.

    When we broke for lunch, I explained to my friend what had happened. I punctuated it with, “Honestly, I’d rather just stuff this all down...”

  • Before the MetaFormation Workshop

    Whenever we see visceral, tangible, actual transformation, we typically sprint to get in line behind that person to eat what they’re eating, to read what they’re reading, to go where they’re going. We stand there pining for our own clear before and after as we simply order with, “I’ll have what they’re having...”
  • Relationships and Desire

    “Why did God bring ______ into my life if the wake he (or she) left felt so wide it just knocked everything in my life over when they slammed the door?”

    I completely get that feeling. I used to live in it; for years...

  • Making Mistakes into Gifts

    Most of us will do anything not to feel pain. It’s why we often curdle and cringe at the word workshop. It’s basically an invitation to disturb the bordered-off plains of our emotional no man’s land, and we know exactly why we haven’t crossed into its borders, why we’ve numbed our acknowledgement of its existence....