Spiritual Companioning?

I stumbled upon spiritual direction by accident. Having been introduced to the language of evangelical Christianity in college, I was familiar with the idea of discipleship. I even was lucky enough to have a few mentors disciple me when I was in college, and I would say I had a good grounding in the Christian faith as a result. But between college and my next experience of intense growth in my Christian faith lay two decades of what I suspect represents the typical American evangelical church experience fairly accurately. Twenty years of weekly worship, bible studies, small groups, various life groups, incidental relationships with pastors and church staff, volunteering, leading, and general

Lent...what's with the rituals?

Luke 22:19 "Do this in remembrance of me..." "Lent isn't a ritual. It is time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out."* Lent was the earliest feast commonly celebrated by the universal church. It was more or less in place by 330, observed as a season lasting 40 days (Sundays don't count!). This celebration reminded the church that they bridged the already (what Jesus's death had accomplished) and the not yet (the long awaited return of their Savior) in that they were themselves Jesus' body existing in our world, until his return. As the years, decades, and centuries rolled on, the Christian community on earth practiced the resurrection and