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Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.

 Brennan  MANNING

Welcome

Hi, my name is Joel, and you’ve found your way to Simply on Mission (SOM). I am a spiritual director, and the purpose for SOM is to create a space for practical, spiritual formation resources for those passionate about mercy and justice. Maybe you can relate with this paraphrase of Scripture from Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

That’s what SOM is about: keeping company with Jesus Christ, and learning how to live freely and lightly – alive in love, marked by mercy, and walking out compassion. Whether you work in a church, non-profit organization, are a parent, a teacher, or a barista, it is crucial for our hearts to stay connected to Christ as our Source as we partner with Him in bringing His kingdom in our lives.

I hope this space helps you on your journey.

Thank you for visiting,
Joel Bidderman

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The Practice of Secrecy: Experiencing Joyful Hiddenness

Author Corrie Ten Boom, who experienced fame for her testimony of faith after World War II (which can be read about in her book The Hiding Place), was once asked how she remained humble through all the attention and fame. Her answer was, “When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm [...]

Living with Joyful Endurance [Audio]

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become [...]

Living a Life in Community [Audio]

Christian community is something that I love (or at least, I'm growing in my love for it). I think that I can now say that because I've let go of a lot of the idealism that I've held in the past. Growing up in the 90's there was a bit [...]

Prayer Drawing

Recently, I've been doing a meaningful practice with my family that I've been calling "Prayer Drawing." It originally came from a conversation that I had with Steve Macchia (the author of Crafting a Rule of Life) at a conference. The first time we tried it we did it to the song "Good [...]

Living Deeply

"My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn or deserve it." Brennan Manning It is once again the end of a year, and as we get ready for the next, there always seems to be the inherent [...]

Telling Your God-stories

At bed time our daughters love hearing stories, and not necessarily those read from a book either. They ask for made up stories by mom and dad, which make things interesting for mom and dad sometimes! After flying by the seat of my pants a few times, recently Jack, the [...]

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