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Webdef: Post Traumatic Growth

Post Traumatic Growth / pōst trəˈmatik grōTH/ – Noun: The process of emotional, psychological or spiritual development that occurs in response to distressing or disturbing experience.   The Bible is filled with references to trauma, and very human reactions to this trauma. Many times, the result was great spiritual growth.  This is why Paul, in his […]

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Webdef: takotsubo

Takotsubo /tä·kō·tso͞o·bō/ Noun: A transient cardiomyopathy also known as broken heart syndrome. The Japanese word Takotsubo refers to an atypical (unusual) ballooning syndrome, or stressed induced cardiomyopathy where there is a sudden, yet temporary, weakening of a portion of the heart muscle (the pumping chamber in the left ventricle). It has been popularly christened “broken heart syndrome” because […]

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WebDef: Causistry

cas·u·ist·ry /kaZHəwəstrē/ — Noun: The use of clever, perhaps intentionally subtle and often unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions.  A person engaging in causistry can have the intention to deceive, or to defend an action or feeling as morally just.  A theoretical rule is chosen that appears to resolve some particular instance of a moral […]

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Webdef: Podfade

Podfade /pädfād/ – Noun: The experience where a podcast that started strong begins to have episodes appear less frequently, or the content of the podcast grows less compelling. Slowly, the podcast fades into obscurity or oblivion. We’ve just launched our first podcast, featuring The Lord’s Prayer in many languages. We are working hard in hopes we don’t […]

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Webdef: Labyrinth

Lab·y·rinth /lab’ə’rinθ/ — Noun: A maze of paths or passages with symbolic or impenetrable borders, as in a garden. In Christian practice, the labyrinth leads inward to the center, then outward again, and the path itself is winding, echoing life. The pilgrim walking the labyrinth often removes shoes and is invited to leave worldly thoughts […]

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WebDef: Theodicy

Theo·di·cy /θiēˈädəsē/ – Noun: Arguments in light of the presence of evil that vindicate God as  forever good, loving, and powerful. For ideas on how to wade into these waters, see also our handy How2 entry on Theodicy/Apologetics and on “What Not to Say to the Suffering. What are WebDefs? WebDefs – simple definitions of key terms relating to […]

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WebDef: Dedication

Dedication  /ˌdedəˈkāSH(ə)n/ –  Noun: The quality of being wholeheartedly committed to a purpose. The following song, by the band A Moment’s Worth illustrates dedication beautifully:Start Where You Are by A Moment’s Worth Grateful thanks to A Moment’s Worth for allowing us to embed this content. Ten Biblical Examples of Dedication Jesus – was willing to live and die for us because of […]

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WebDef: Martial Art

Martial Art /märSHəl ärt/ – Noun: Codified systems hailing from combat practice using physical skill and coordination, often without weapons. Tai Chi Chuan /tī CHē CHwän/ – Noun: A Chinese martial art approximately meaning “supreme ultimate first,” emphasizing meditative calm and overall physical health. It exercises mind and body, with a series of slow, controlled […]

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WebDef: CINO

CINO  /sē nō/ – Acronym: This acronym stands for “Christian in Name Only.” It is used as a perjorative term, to describe self-avowed Christians who don’t live up to the speaker’s standards as a Christ follower.   A Word to Those Hurling Epithets Are you, yourself, a Christ follower? If so, you will understand how it’s not possible to […]

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Webdef: Posidemic

Posidemic  /päzəˌdemik/ – Compound Noun: The contagious spread of something beneficial. The idea of a posidemic is the similar to an epidemic, in that it refers to contagion, but differs in that it specifically refers to the spread of something positive. Often, the term is used to relate to ideas, which also can take hold and spread. The spread […]

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Webdef: Umuganda

Umuganda – /o͞o’mo͞o’gändə/ – Noun a “day of global service.” The word literally means “coming together towards a common outcome,” and is expressed as compulsory cleanup effort by citizens in their home towns. Implemented as a tool for reconciliation and strengthening societal ties, the practice is now embraced at all levels. Although some choose to […]

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WebDef: Word Cloud

A Word Cloud is an often beautiful representation of the ideas contained in a document.  Words that are mentioned most often are represented in a larger font size than words that appear less often. Here, a few examples of word clouds, created at wordle.net, from the textbook for our forthcoming class, The Healer’s Path.  Does […]

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WebDef: Acceptance

Accep’tance /əkˈseptəns/ – Noun: The quality of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into or remain a part of a group.  To provide, or to feel, a  sense of welcome or favorable reception. The following quote by American author Mark Twain spotted on the side of a bus, in San Francisco: “I have always […]

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WebDef: Public Trust Doctrine

Public Trust Doctrine  /pəblik trəst däktrən/ – Compound Noun: The principle that the government has a fiduciary responsibility to maintain certain resources for the public’s reasonable use. The public trust doctrine holds that governments can and must protect vital resources for the whole of the public. The doctrine can be traced back to ancient Roman times, when the emperor […]

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WebDef: Revenge Porn

Revenge Porn  /rəˈvenj pôrn/ – Compound Noun: The abusive act of  posting (or blackmailing with threats of posting)  images of a sexual nature, without the subject’s consent.  Any image that would threaten a person’s honor or inspire shame would fit this definition, even if it isn’t explicit. So, in some cultures, even unveiled hair or […]

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Webdef: Pride

Pride /prīd/ Noun: Preoccupation with self. One of the seven deadly sins. We live in interesting times, when words gain new meanings. For some, the word pride is associated with dignity, and standing up for one’s rights as children of God.  It’s good to recognize your worth and not allow yourself to be trod upon. […]

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Webdef: Mastery Glimpse

Mastery Glimpse /mast(ə)rē glimps/ – Noun: A partial, momentary, shepherded experience of excelling beyond current attainment that helps a person envision self as future master. A gift from master to beginner. Mastery Glimpses allow a beginner to taste what it might feel like to be really successful at something, in the future.  As we envision […]

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Top Ten Fears – And Killing them Dead in 3 Easy Steps

Fear /fir/ Noun:  The unpleasant experience of threat, danger or concern there may be immanent harm.   Boo! Scared you? We surely hope not.  Yet everyone is afraid, now and again. It’s part of being human.  And some of us are more afraid of different things than others.  We polled the office very unscientifically and came up with […]

November 1, 2014 in Health and Healing, Top Ten, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Pentecost

Pen·te·cost /pentəˌkôst/ – Noun: The Sunday marking the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after His Ascension.  Pentecost Sunday is observed ten days after Ascension Thursday, and seven weeks after Easter, concluding the Easter Season.  The word hails from the Greek, Πεντηκοστή (literally fiftieth), referring to the fiftieth day after Easter. It coincides with the […]

June 8, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Exegesis, Eisegesis, Hermeneutic

Bib·li·cal Ex·e·ge·sis /eksiˈjēsis/- Noun: Structured method for analysis and interpretation of biblical text.   From the Greek ἐξηγητής.  Ei·se·ge·sis /ˈīsəˈjēsis/ – Noun: To draw in purely subjective interpretations unsupported by the text.  <<Note: avoid doing this>> Her·me·neu·tic /hərməˈn(y)o͞odik/ – Adj: Objective, explanatory, esp. regarding texts. The study of methodical principles of interpretation. By biblical exegesis, we […]

May 10, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Grief

Grief /grēf/ – Noun: The keenly felt sorrow over a loss, separation, or death. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ famous book, On Death & Dying, identified stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  However, not everyonegoes through the same stages in the same order. We all suffer, but our experience is uniquely our own. Select Bible Verses […]

May 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Admonish

Ad·mon·ish /ədˈmäniSH/ – Verb: To remind, reprove, or urge to right action, in a mild and good-willed manner, for a person’s well-being. First among the spiritual works of mercy, along with instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injury, and praying for the living and the dead, is admonishing […]

May 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Light

Light /līt/ – Noun: A form of energy known as electromagnetic radiation; the quality of illumination that shines in contrast to darkness.  A friend is one on whom you can rely, and a close friend is one in whom you can trust. While the electronic age has accustomed us to using the word friend quite loosly – some folks […]

April 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Webdef: Friend

Friend /frend/ – Noun: One who shares a connection of affection, regard, support or trust. The difference between a friend and a friendly acquaintance is that a friend is someone whose connection is stronger. You can rely on a friend in a way you would not rely on an acquaintance. While the electronic age has […]

April 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Thoughts, Thunks

Thought /thôt/ – Noun: an idea, opinion, or picture formed in the mind about the past, future, or present.  Thunk /thəngk/ – Noun: a pre-thought thought. An idea that is not original. A.N.T. (Automatic Negative Thought) /ant/ – Noun: gloomy, cynical, negative, complaining and depressing thoughts that are self-defeating in nature. Common ANTs include: guilt-trip, fortune-telling, mind-reading, catastrophizing, filtering […]

April 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Gluttony

Glut·ton·y /glətn-ē/ – Noun:  Habitual overindulgence; the inordinate consumption of more than is needed or healthful. Gluttony  is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, […]

April 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Traffic

Traffic / ˈtrafik/  – Noun: to trade in something illegal. In “human trafficking” this is to treat humans as possessions and as subject to involuntary abduction, transport, or exploitation, or sale.   Human Trafficking. It’s almost unthinkable that it still exists, in the 21st century. Yet sadly, it does. Some would wrongheadedly argue that the Bible […]

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WebDef: Isolation

I·so·la·tion /īsəˈlāshən/ – Noun: The experience of being set or placed apart; out of contact; detached or separated so as to be alone. We all experience isolation from time to time. Since the dawn of history, societies have used isolation as a means of removing a perceived problem from their midst. The experience of painful aloneness is […]

April 14, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Education

Ed·u·ca·tion /ejəˈkāshən/- Noun: the act of sharing knowledge, skills, or experience. Mis·ed·u·ca·tion /misˈejəˈkāshən/- Noun: the communication of information that, while believed to be true, is actually misleading.  We participate in education whenever knowledge, skills or experience is passed along from one to another in any formalized manner, whether through a school, an apprenticeship, or a group study or […]

April 13, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef – Nosegay

Nose·gay /nōzˌgā/ – Noun: A small, sweetly scented bunch of flowers, used to offset unpleasant odors. The word “nosegay” is from Middle English, meaning “ornament for the nose.”  The little, fragrant bouquets were  customary in Europe in the middle ages, before the widespread installation of plumbing. They were helpful in offsetting the often overwhelming “scent” of […]

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WebDef: Hunger

Hun·ger / həngər/– Noun: discomfort or weakness caused by lack of nourishment. Related Definitions Food / fo͞od/ – Noun: material taken for nourishment. Food in·se·cur·i·ty – /insiˈkyo͝oritē/ -Compound Noun: inconsistent access to adequate food, due to lack of money or other resources. Select Bible Verses on Spiritual Hunger Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst […]

April 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Homelessness

Home·less·ness /hōmlisnis/ – Noun: the state of lacking fixed, adequate shelter.  Select Bible Verses on Homelessness And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.  Take thou no usury of him, or […]

April 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Sensitivity

Sensitivity /sensiˈtivitē/ – Noun: quality of having awareness or responsiveness to the feelings of others. Care with our communications is becoming more and more crucial, as WWW brings these communications across the globe in nanoseconds, and all the world becomes one small interconnected global village. This category includes: a gentle art of nonviolent communication, stigma […]

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WebDef: Sustainable

Sus·tain·a·ble /səˈstānəbəl/ – Noun: Practice that can be upheld or defended, and is viable over the long term. Top 10 Bible Verses on Sustainability And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding […]

April 6, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Webdef: Wisdom

Wis·dom /wizdəm/ – Noun: The nature of having true understanding and discernment. The Bible is replete with wisdom. Some have mused that its letters could stand for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. That said, The Bible isn’t always easy to crack open.  Here’s a little biblical wisdom on how to delve into biblical wisdom:   Take Rev. […]

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Webdef: Haiku

Hai·ku /hī’ko͞o/ – Noun:  Minimalist poetic form  following a 3-line, 5-7-5 syllable structure, hailing from Japan, often evoking nature to point to universal truths. In the traditional Japanese form, Haiku often included a surprise juxtaposition in the last line. One of Haiku’s most famous master practitioners was Matsuo Kinsaku, popularly known as Basho (1644-1694). Basho lived in Japan’s […]

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WebDef: Religion

Re·li·gion /riˈlijən/ – Noun: Set of beliefs about the nature of the world and one’s relation to it; the way a person relates self to the greater picture. At its best, religion offers insights into the deeper meaning of life itself, shedding light on the reason we are here, helping to provide a sense of purpose and sacred belonging.  At […]

March 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: City

City /sitē/ – Noun: An area of dense human population that has mass and permanence and that meets basic human needs, such as for work, housing, education and recreation. Cities are as diverse as flowers.  Some cities, such as Los Angeles, sprawl so widely that most residents depend on cars. Others are so compact that […]

February 23, 2014 in Justice Work, Social Entrepreneurship, Spiritual Assessment, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Justice

Jus·tice /jəstis/ – Noun: Moral rightness, fairness. The Bible is replete with stories and teachings about justice. There are enough, in fact, that an edition of the Bible exists, pointing them out in orange (see povertyandjusticebible.org). The Old Testament: Widows and Orphans When reading the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)  you might notice the term “widow and orphan” […]

February 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Grace

Grace /grās/ – Noun:  seemingly effortless beauty of form and motion. In Christian contexts, an outpouring of loving-kindness, mercy, favor, and blessing unrelated to effort or merit. Amazing grace is the stuff of many a Christian song.  We may find the concept amazing simply because it bears no relationship with anything we’ve done for ourselves. It’s entirely unmerited.  It’s a gift from […]

February 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: ichariba chode

ich·a·ri·ba chode /ē’chärēbəˈchōd/ – Phrase: Okinawan phrase meaning “having met, we are as siblings.” Rarely will you find an entire phrase as a WebDefs entry. However, this phrase from Okinawa is worth our attention.  In contrast to members of Japanese society as a whole, Okinawans are among the longest lived, happiest people on earth.  A documentary […]

February 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs, Workweek by

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WebDef: Karoshi

Kar·o·shi /käˈrōshē/ – Noun: Death by overwork. Karoshi, 過労死,  is a Japanese term relating to the occupational sudden death due to job-related exhaustion. Generally, the cause of death is reported as heart attack or stroke, but the deaths are commonly thought to arise from the workplace culture of “voluntary” unpaid overtime and a process known as Japanese Production […]

February 19, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs, Workweek by

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WebDef: Scripture

Scrip·ture /skrip’chər/ – Noun: The sacred writings of a religion. In a Christian context, scripture refers to text from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament. Taken together, they form what we commonly refer to as The Bible. Scripture is not all alike; there are various genres of scriptural writings in the Bible:  Genres in Christian Scripture History – […]

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WebDef: Canonical

Ca·no·ni·cal /kəˈnänikəl/ – Adj: officially accepted into the list of recognized scripture.  From the Greek κανών, for measuring stick. The Christian Bible is made up of a number of distinct books, beginning with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and so on, through Revelation.  This collection of books that gelled gradually in a process that took hundreds of years, […]

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WebDef: Omnipresence

Om·ni·pres·ence  /ämnəˈprezns/ – Noun: Existing everywhere, on all planes and at all times. God is always with us, at once transcendent – greater than us – and also immanent – nearer than our very breath. God is everywhere, and at every time: past, present and future. This is what we mean by the omnipresence of God. Select […]

February 18, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Miracle

Mir·a·cle /mirikəl/ – Noun: A spontaneous, wondrous, and unexpected event expressing God’s divine will and transcending human understanding. When any event, big or small, inspires awe and wonder, and turns our attention to God, that event might be considered a miracle, by some definitions. By other definitions, the only true miracles are events that transcend the very laws of […]

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WebDef: Strife

Strife /strīf/ – Noun: Angry, painful disagreement; bitter conflict. Few of us enjoy strife, yet so often our own actions can play a part in disturbing the very harmony we profess to seek. The following biblical passages discuss strife, and provide guidance about how to live a more tranquil, peaceful, harmonious life. Select Bible Passages […]

February 18, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Discord

Dis·cord /diskôrd/ – Noun: a combination that is antagonistic and displeasing, confused or harsh. Although discord is unpleasant, it is sometimes necessary. This is never more true than when it disturbs a false peace or an unjust status quo.  Jesus may have recognized this disruptive influence when He said that He came to bring not peace but […]

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WebDef: Abuse

A·buse  /əˈbyo͞oz/ – Noun: To use improperly, unjustly, or to harmful effect. The Bible is clear in teaching love, kindness and respect, and refraining from harm of self or others. Its pages admonish against abuse in any forms, such as the abuse of authority, the abuse of another person, or the abuse of drugs and alcohol that harm your […]

February 17, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Suffering

Suf·fer·ing /sʌfərɪŋ/- Noun:  the experience of distress; a part of the human condition. So universal is suffering, so much a part of the human condition, that the late Irish poet Seamus Heany entitled one of his poems, simply, “Human Beings Suffer.”1  We all experience distress when our body feels pain or when we suffer loss or  unwelcome change in our lives. But […]

February 16, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Solidarity

Sol·i·dar·i·ty /sälə’dəritē/ – Noun: Purposeful unity. Also, like-minded cooperation to promote a common cause. You are not alone. The Bible makes it clear: God will never abandon nor forsake us. Even so, it is part of the human condition to feel alone and abandoned, from time to time. From the quotes below it becomes clear: God loves you, […]

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WebDef: Cult

Cult (kŭlt) – Noun: A group misled from truth, often by a charismatic leader. Cults come in many shapes and sizes, and some of their tell-tale attributes may not be immediately apparent.  They tend to be easy to enter and hard to leave, and use techniques such as mind control and friend bombing to persuade new people to […]

February 3, 2014 in Spiritual Assessment, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Temptation

Temp·ta·tion /tem’tāshən/ – Noun: An urge to pull away from what is wise, right, and good. Temptation is seemingly everywhere. Even Jesus, after his baptism and before his public ministry, suffered temptation. His temptations, like our own, spanned three realms: comfort, status, and power. Each time, the devil used crafty language and planted seeds of doubt. Each time, Jesus responded […]

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WebDef: Wrath

Wrath /raθ/ – Noun: extreme and vengeful anger. Wrath is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride (wounded pride, or pride involved in taking vengeance). See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, […]

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WebDef: Apocryphal

Ap·o·cry·phal /əˈpäkrəfəl/ – Adj: Of dubious authenticity or questionable authorship. Apocryphal texts are considered entirely outside the scope of the canon. That is, they are not accepted as a part of the divine scripture.  These apocryphal writings should not be confused with deuterocanonical (secondary) writings, which are found in some versions of the Bible, or biblical Apocrypha, which in some […]

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WebDef: Theology

The·ol·o·gy /θēˈäləjē/   – Noun: The study of the nature of God and religious belief.  Religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed (e.g., Judeo-Christian theology). The•o•log•i•cal   /θēəˈläjikəl/ – Adj: Of or relating to the study of theology.   What are WebDefs? WebDefs – simple definitions of key terms relating to ministry and healing arts – are a regular feature […]

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WebDef: Generosity

Generosity /dʒen·əˈrɑs·ət̬·i/ – Noun: A habit of giving what is needful for another’s well-being, without expectation of reciprocity. Generosity is a healthy habit that, when practiced regularly, brings greater joy, peace and wellness. Generosity isn’t the same as giving, which is why our definition is specific: whatever is needful.  Sometimes, what is needful can be painful to give, such as when […]

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WebDef: Armor

Armor /ˈɑr·mər/ – Noun: Strong covering. From a biblical perspective, that which provides spiritual protection. In the difficult and embattled world, how can we protect ourselves? Is it even possible?  According to the bible, we can… with spiritual armor.  The armor has a quality of light, and every piece of spiritual armor provides a distinct sort of protection: truth – […]

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WebDef: Prayer

Prayer /preər/– Noun: A state of being where the focus is on the connection with God. Prayer takes many forms, including conversation, contemplation, and action. Healing Prayer /hēliNG·preər/ – Noun: A solemn request to a transcendent Power for relief from some suffering or restoration of wellness. It involves a requestor, one whose behalf the request is made, One(s) being addressed, […]

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WebDef: Joy

Joy  /dʒɔɪ/ –Noun: A deep feeling of exuberance. An inner attitude of rejoicing that is experienced more deeply than happiness and can abide even in the presence of difficult emotions or circumstances.  Joy, or an inner attitude of rejoicing, is experienced more deeply than happiness. Unlike happiness, Joy is not an emotion tied to our current, personal state of […]

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WebDef: Parables

Parable /pær·ə·bəl/ – Noun: A relatable story that contains a deeper meaning. Jesus did much of his teaching using parables, explaining to his disciples that those who sought God would get the deeper meaning, while the truth would be hidden from unbelievers (Matthew 13:10-17).   By stating that the truth is hidden more deeply, the Gospels […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Sin

Sin /sɪn/– Verb: Moral failing, missing the mark, or falling short. Turning away from what is good and right in a way that distances us from the joyful experience of the presence of God. While some would define the noun, we chose to define the verb. We did this in order to highlight the volitional nature of sin: sin involves […]

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WebDef: Hope

Hope /hōp/ — Noun: A positive outlook towards the future; a belief in the possibility of good outcomes.  The ability to hold on to hope – to have resiliency of hope in light of changing circumstance – is a mark of spiritual maturity and strength. For this reason, we say “hope is an active, conscious choice.” Hope […]

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WebDef: Life

Life /lɑɪf/ – Noun: Existence, being, animation, the ability to grow and change. Eternal life: a transcendent reality that can be experienced now has an indestructible nature stretching beyond death and the grave. Life’s Source: the breath of God. Select Bible Verses on Life In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway […]

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WebDef: Kosher

Ko·sher /koʊ·ʃər/ – Adjective: Anything genuine, acceptable, and legitimate. The word originally meant food that conforms to kashrut (Jewish dietary law), first set out in the Torah, in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as well as in the Talmud. Jewish dietary law is about more than simply health and cleanliness. The practice of discernment, of […]

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WebDef: Repent

Re·pent /rɪˈpent/ — Verb: To sincerely turn back; to turn away from wrongdoing, and towards God. The call to repentance is found throughout the Bible. In this context, a sincere repentance is marked by a recognition that our self-centeredness is actually hurting not just others but ourselves as well. Sometimes, even when we have a sincere desire to […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Faith

Faith /feɪθ/ — Noun: A deep and abiding knowing, even as the mind or senses may not fully comprehend. The trust and confidence that faith inspires can enable us to act with boldness and compassion. Faith quells fear, bringing serenity in its place. Faith knows deeply even as our mind does not quite understand. It holds fast to the promise […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Christian

Chris·tian /krisCHən/ – Noun: One who self-identifies as a follower of Jesus Christ, specifically, and sees Jesus as more than just one of many ascendant masters or prophets whose teachings are of general positive value. Rather than merely appreciating Jesus, a Christian works to “enter a narrow gate” by turning from old ways (Matt 7:13-14) […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Adversity

Ad·ver·si·ty /ædˈvɜr·sɪ·t̬i/ — Noun: Event or situation experienced as difficult, unpleasant or fraught, such as sickness or loss. Adversity is a part of everyone’s life, because it is a part of the human condition. Even if we live in relative comfort, we all eventually grow old, and we all die. Although it is possible to bring some adverse experiences on ourselves […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Discern

Dis·cern /dɪˈsɜrn/ — Verb: To perceive a critical difference; to distinguish. “The way is broad, and the gate is wide, that leads to destruction,” Jesus teaches. It takes discernment to stay on course and keep to the narrow path.  Consider the experiences that come our way – whether they are interior thoughts or things that take place […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Nonharming

Non·har·ming /nɒnˈhɑːmɪŋ/ – Adj: Quality of sensitivity to harm prevention; commitment to promoting wholeness and healing through word, thought, and deed. As used at NHM Ministrants, nonharming goes beyond not causing damage or inflicting injury. It is an active stance, describing those people and ministries who are especially sensitive to harm prevention, seeking instead to bring wholeness and healing. […]

January 8, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Charity

Charity  /ˈtʃær·ɪ·t̬i/ – Noun: The voluntary provision of help or relief. By charity, we often mean acting selflessly for the betterment of others.  However, the word can also be used in to mean an institution or organization that exists to provide such help. It can also refer to an outlook, regarding the relationship between self and others. Moses Maimonedes, a Jewish […]

January 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Mercy

Mer·cy /mərsē/ – Noun: Kind, benevolent treatment,  especially when it is within one’s power or rights to act harshly; forbearance. It is within each of our power to show mercy, daily, in our own circles of influence. When we show mercy towards others, we help heal a hurting world.  In the Christian tradition, theologians have identified both spiritual […]

January 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Chanukah

Cha·nu·kah /ˈhɑː.nə.kə/ – Noun: A lesser Jewish holiday that begins on the 25th day of Kislev and runs for eight days. Also known as the Jewish festival of lights.  Chanukah, or the festival of lights, celebrates a miraculous occurrence at the rededication of the temple in Israel. The second temple had been looted, and Judaism outlawed. An altar to Zeus was placed […]

December 1, 2013 in Celebrations and Holidays, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Peace, Shalom, & Nonviolence

Peace /piːs/ – Noun: Quiet goodness and tranquility; calm, harmonious balance, free from danger and from iniquity. Non·vi·o·lence / nänˈvīələns/ – Noun: The favoring of peaceful means of advancing one’s objectives. Peace·mak·er /pēsˌmākər/- Noun: A person who works towards reconciliation, restoration, and harmony. Sec·ur·i·ty  /siˈkyo͝oritē/ – Noun: State of being free from danger. Sha·lom /Shäˈlōm/ שלומ – Noun: A […]

September 8, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Peacemaking, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Beatitudes – Jesus’ Eight Happinesses

Beatitude /bēˈati’to͞od/- Noun: State of supreme happiness or blessedness. In addition to teaching through is own example of loving, nonviolent service, Jesus’ main teaching came in the form of questions, parables and a few large public sermons.  The Gospel of Matthew sums up Jesus’ official teaching in The Sermon on the Mount. Inside this sermon are the […]

August 26, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Iconography

I·con·o·gra·phy /īkəˈnägrəfē/ – Noun: Visual imagery used to convey meaning beyond the surface level. Also, the identification, description, and classification of signs and symbols.  >>more  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is the basis of the art of iconography, the conveying of meaning through symbolic means, beyond or without the aid […]

August 23, 2013 in WebDefs by

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WebDef: Death

Death /deθ/ – Noun: A permanent cessation of all vital functions; an irreversable ending. From a Christian perspective, the moment of the soul’s departure, as the breath of God no longer animates the body. Death is the separation of the soul from the body, accompanied with the permanent cessation of  that body’s life-giving (vital) functions. […]

July 29, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Perseverance

Per·se·ver·ance /pər-sə-ˈvir-əns/– Noun: Steadfastness of purpose despite obstacles, delays, setbacks or discouragement.   Perseverence, or staying power, is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. Sometimes, our vision takes time to come to fruition. And when it does, it’s easy to grow disheartened. This is nothing new; it’s part of the human condition. The […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Feedback

Feed·back /fēdˈbak/ – Noun: Information gathered to assess efforts as to whether they are producing a desired effect. Feedback is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work.  Imagine you are on a ship in the middle of a cold and stormy sea, trying to head for land. It’s cold, and overcast, […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Partnership

Part·ner·ship  /pärtnər’SHip/ – Noun:  Collaboration with others towards a common purpose or outcome. Partnership s a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.  The following scriptural references focus on maintaining a partnership with God first, and being a good partner with others, also. PARTNERING WITH GOD Does it go without saying that we are […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Credit-Sharing

Cre·dit-Shar·ing  / kredit-sheər’ing /– Gerund: The act of generously praising partner efforts, or raising awareness regarding favorable project outcomes.    Credit Sharing is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship. Credit Sharing is an act of graciously giving recognition, rather than withholding it for oneself, and it makes good common sense. Employees, partners, and congregations appreciate being noticed and given […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Non-duplication

Non-du·pli·ca·tion  /nänˈdo͞opləˈkāshən/ – Noun: Intentionally avoiding redundant effort.  Non-duplication is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.  The focus is on not adding redundant effort, but rather addressing a chasm where you are truly needed. However, non-duplication doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. If there is no minister in a particular prison, then going […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Expertise

Ex·per·tise /ekspərˈtēs/ – Noun: Proficiency, skill, ability, or knowledge in a particular area. Competence or proficiency in a field of operation. Your expertise, skills, giftedness and proficiencies add up to Special Skills, a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.   Below are scriptural references relating to this pillar. They illustrate the importance of using what we have […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Vision

Vi·sionˈ/viZHən/ – Noun: Faculty of perception; forming a picture in the mind about the past or potential nature of things. Vision,  the ability to see something clearly, is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. It can refer to a deep understanding of the flaws of a current situation, a recognition of a […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Envy

En·vy/envē/ – Noun: discontentment or resentment arising from the desire for an object or attribute belonging to someone else. Envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Lust

Lust /ləst/  – Noun: Intense, often illicit, desire or craving, sometimes experienced as overmastering or overpowering. Lust is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, gluttony, […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Sloth

Sloth/släth/  – Noun: Self-love resulting in reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness. Sloth is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, wrath, gluttony, etc. […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Greed

Greed /grēd/ – Noun: Intense desire to possess that which is rightfully another’s, or more than is deserved or needful. Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Love, The Greatest Commandment

Love /lŭv/– Noun: Tender feelings directed outwards.  Historically, the Greeks divided love into: philia (friendship), kinship (storge), passion (eros) and selfless (agape) forms.   Following is a discussion on biblical references to Love.  Many of us have heard it said that Bible stands for ‘basic instructions before leaving earth.’  If so, the greatest instruction – […]

November 19, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Worth

Worth – /wərθ/ – Noun: Intrinsic importance; a quality of having value.   You have value. As infants, we each are born with an inherent sense of worth, the knowledge that we have value in the eyes of God.  Unfortunately, life experience sometimes beats healthy self-worth that out of us, replacing it with low self-esteem. Consider what […]

November 19, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Harmony

Har·mo·ny /härmənē/ – Noun: A combination that is pleasing to experience, and works together.  The following biblical passages provide guidance about how to live a more tranquil, peaceful, harmonious life. Select Bible Passages on Harmony   (Jesus said) And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. – Matthew 5:41 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the […]

February 15, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Oxymoron

Ox·y·mor·on /äksəˈmôrˌän/ —  Noun: Apparently incongruous or irreconcilable terms, appearing together in a phrase. Authors and advocates use oxymorons and non sequiturs as literary devices, to point out the patently absurd. Examples of oxymorons include “working holiday,”  “extinct life,” and “living dead.”  Some advocates for child mental health would point to the juvenile justice system as a non sequitur, because of the foreseeable […]

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WebDef: Celtic Ministry

Cel·tic Min·is·try  – /keltik minəstrē/ – Noun: A welcoming spirit of radical hospitality that recognizes our interconnectedness, and sets no barriers to God’s table. Celtic ministry reflects a Celtic mindset: everyone on God’s good creation is interconnected. So, a Celtic ministry will welcome everyone, no matter how long it might have been since they’ve attended, […]

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