Conference of the inner healing

Sat 25 May 2019

When John wrote about himself he didn’t himself us an evangelist, a gospel-writer, an apostle, he identified himself as the one whom Jesus loved.

The situation where John leaned on the Jesus’ chest: we cannot just read it, we have to have the experience it ourselves. Living like a wife whose husband left for the far away country (business, solider) and she doesn’t know she has means of instant communication, so she just reads his old love letters. We are just reading the old love letter of Bible instead of the instant messaging with him.

The biggest spiritual exercise we all need to do regularly is how to let ourselves to be fools. Perhaps in every situation we don’t see the expected of our following of what we believed was God’s voice is our training to be willing to be a fool for Christ. Perhaps when we leave our shopping in the supermarket and nothing happens, we should say “Thank you, Lord, that you gave me strength and courage to actually follow on what I believed was your voice and that a bit of my pride got shed off.”

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“We are more than conquerors in Christ” (not sure how accurate quotation this is, and I am certainly not sure my interpretation is correct). “Conqueror” here as a survivor, somebody who get to the other side of the story and still lives to tell the tale. However, we are not supposed just to survive, we are supposed to live. We may not be the one at the helm of the history (no need for control freaks, Jesus is the one at the helm), but we should be changing the flow of history not just follow or react to what happens to us.

Don’t wear Saul’s armour! We are all unique, we are all special, we are all individuals (“I am not”), and we all should serve the Lord according to our special gifts.


Mental and spiritual deprivation:

  • if our parents were not Christians, so they cannot teach us how to live as a child of God,
  • too busy, so not enough time (or interest) to deal with the intimate relationships
  • they own vulnerabilities (her father was a solider in the Second World War)

Deprivation lead to the defensive detachment: standing on the outside, cynicism, lowered expectations.

Ex 16: gather only as much manna as needed. Those who gathered more and kept it for themselves, it got mouldy.

Satisfaction: godly (full of gratefulness and thankfulness which in healthy manner hopes for more) and ungodly (self-sufficiency, lowered expectations). “As a doe longs for the living waters …” do we long for more? Do we pray, that God could make us more thirsty? We are too often satisfied with just what we have, we have our salvation and that’s enough. It is not easy to recognize we need to hope for more.


There are some things which are required for small groups:

  • Equal exchange for everybody — there is no one who would be above others (not like in the professional psychotherapy session). We all are equal and all should be very authentic.

    Decision to be authentic is very challenging one: no everybody is the same and we have a great pressure to emulate others, or even worse the leader. Some small groups are very cold and not very secure. Only deep relationships allowed deep resilient against shame, we have to know how others are able to sustain difficult conversations.

  • Mutual inspiration and mutual respect. Say “Thank you!”, simple things. There are many groups which are not like that, they are more oriented on plans and schedules.

    Don’t advise, but lead each other towards God to search your own answers. Lead each other towards God for confession as well (provide testimony, but not direct confrontation).

    We need to have compassion with other other and for yourself, so that we could be honest and not judge each other.

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To přece ví každé malé dítě

Mon 22 April 2019

Někde v nějaké diskusi jsem zmínil, že přece každé malé dítě ví, co je Geiger a tak jsem neodolal a přepíšu sem příslušnou úvahu Karla Čapka (ze sbírky novinových sloupků „V zajetí slov“, Svoboda, Praha, 1969, str. 135):

To přece ví každé malé dítě. To mi řekl jeden automobilista, když …

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Harry Potter and Aristotle

Thu 15 November 2018

Aristotle in the seventh and eighth chapter of his Poetics writes:

Now, according to our definition, Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is complete, and whole, and of a certain magnitude … As therefore, in the other imitative arts, the imitation is one when the object imitated is one …

Category: faith Tagged: review HarryPotter

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Evangelium království

Sun 29 July 2018

(kázání pronesené ve sboru ČCE Praha-Braník, 29. července 2018)

Po Janově uvěznění přišel Ježíš do Galileje a hlásal evangelium Boží. A říkal: „Naplnil se čas a přiblížilo se Boží království; čiňte pokání a věřte evangeliu.“

—Marek 1:14-15

Když se zeptám křesťanů na to, co je evangelium, většinou dostanu celkem …

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Loving Vincent

Thu 22 March 2018

Movie “Loving Vincent” is certainly an experience worthy of the tickets to go to the cinema. The main idea of it is to make “animated” film by painting endless number of quality oil paintings in the style of Vincent van Gogh about the painter himself. I have been warned that …

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Pokud nebude hnutí ANO trvat na účasti A. Babiše ve vládě, měli bychom …

Wed 07 February 2018

(odpověď v interním dotazníku KDÚ-ČSL)

Podle mého „na jednání o naší případné účasti ve vládě přistoupit“. Zde je můj komentář (který se do formuláře nevešel).

Zároveň zcela souhlasím s tím, že lidovci (a každá politická strana) vstupovala do voleb s tím, že jsou ochotni se zasazovat o správu věcí veřejných …

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O panu Drahošovi a ozbrojení obyvatelstva

Wed 24 January 2018

(komentář k diskusi na Facebooku k včerejší diskusi prezidentských kandidátů panů Drahoše a Zemana)

Byl jsem z té včerejší diskuse upřímně nešťastný (tedy z pěti minut, které jsem vydržel sledovat).

Ne, proto, že by novinář Primy byl neschopný minimální novinářské práce a jenom se snažil přivést diváctvo co nejvíce do …

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On Lying

Sun 07 January 2018

(a comment to the blogpost by Robert O’Callahan)

I think the truthfulness among Christians is overrated. Here, I said it.

OK, before saying anything else, I have to say that it is very important, and I know what I am talking about. I had my brush with an addiction …

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Podpora kandidátů na prezidenta

Thu 14 December 2017

(z emailové diskuse)

K obavám z roztříštěnosti:

Pokud v prvním kole bude mít Zeman více než 50% hlasů, bude zvolen. Pak je úplně jedno, kolik hlasů dostane Drahoš a Fišer. Pokud v prvním kole nedostane více než 50%, a předpokládejme, že do druhého kola se dostane, pak záleží na kandidátovi …

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Úvaha postvolební

Sun 22 October 2017

Co jsem napsal dnes ráno jednomu kamarádovi na IM:

Tak já Ti nevím. Jsem hodně nešťastnej z té včerejší post-volební diskuse předesedů vítězných stran. Kromě toho, že jsou morálně radikální názory dost neuctivé k milionu a půl našich spoluobčanů, tak efektivně dotlačili Bureše k tomu, že v této chvíli jediná …

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1. září 1939

Wed 08 March 2017

W. H. Auden

Původní překlad anglického originálu vytvořil Ivo A. Benda, upraveno.

Sedím v jedné z putyk
Na Dvaapadesáté ulici
Jsem nejistý a mám strach
Zatímco umírají chytré naděje
Ubohého, nepoctivého desetiletí:
Vlny hněvu a strachu
Cirkulují v jasných
I temných zemích světa
A tíží naše soukromé životy;
Nevyslovitelný pach …

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