I want to orient my life around Jesus Christ. In fact, the older I get, the more aware I become that every minute of every day takes intentional, beautiful effort to remain in him (Jn 15:4). As I am working out a new schedule for this new year, there is one tension that tends to stand out … More A New Year’s Plan to Abide
[This article was written under the theme transforming churches for the Voices blog of the Wesleyan Church: https://www.wesleyan.org/voices-natasha-dongell-guided-deconstruction.] The idea of deconstructing Western Christianity is old news for the people I grew up with in Atlantic Canada. I’ve sought these people out, old friends who have moved and live in various parts of Canada and the … More Guided Deconstruction
Today is my 35th birthday! Yay!!!! and whoa!!!! That is uncomfortably close to 40…! I’m in my LATE 30’s now…! (If you look at it from the standpoint of rounding up!) For the most part, I appreciate getting older, but this birthday is cause for reflection. (To be fair, most things are in my world.) … More Looking back and forward.
In this last session, we look at 2 main obstacles to our journey of restoring oneness with our Creator, and helpful ways to respond to those challenges. First, our own shame causes us to hide and cover those dark and vulnerable areas of our heart. Often our own shame is the thing keeping us locked … More KNOWN – Session 3
This session in our KNOWN series focuses on the idea of ONENESS. 1. We were created in oneness with God and each other. 2. Everything was perfectly congruent and harmonious with the nature and image of God. 3. We were fully known, exposed to one another, and without shame. 4. We stepped outside of the … More KNOWN – Session 2
I was privileged to join the women of Alaska (via video) to consider what it means to be KNOWN in our relationship with God and others. In this first session, we build 4 “platforms” to set us up for the conversation. 1. Known as ACKNOWLEDGED – recognized, noted 2. Known as SEEN – heard, understood … More KNOWN, Session 1
Dream with me about the potential of the church! In a time of so much change, where the world is shifting into a new age that is yet to be fully known and realized, let’s dream and imagine what it could look like for the church to be effective and productive as the representation of … More Dreams for the Church
For as long as I can remember, I have loved the Church. I didn’t mind that she wasn’t perfect. To be honest, I didn’t even notice many of her flaws, partially because “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8) and partially out of pure ignorance! Nearing adulthood, I felt the urge to give … More The Church, who is she?
Unknowns tend to cloud my thinking. Like a thick cloud, unknowns hang just above the forefront of my mind, with a heaviness that clouds my mental and discerning capacities. Why is the unknown so weighty, when there is nothing of substance there? It’s lack of knowing becomes the breeding ground for drops of “what-ifs.” They … More Life’s Unknowns.
When reading through portions of the Old Testament Scriptures, I try to imagine being a young girl growing up in the nomadic, Israelite culture of the ancient near east. My entire life is lived in a hot, desert wilderness and my home is a portable tent, kept within the respective clan of my ancestors. As … More My Toolbox: Night Vision