September 7, 2019

 The problem of praying in relationship with God rather than just speaking a list of requests in prayer, mentioned in my previous post, always seems to come down to a problem of hearing. That's because we can speak to God, but we often have trouble hearing God, disting...

September 7, 2019

      "I should pray more." So many Christians live their lives with the sense that if only they could find time and discipline to pray more, it would solve their problems--with God, with others, with themselves. In their understanding, prayer may be a useful practice...

September 7, 2019

     The Christian faith is all about love. It's been called the "world's great love religion." The most basic principle of Christian teaching is that the Incarnation of Jesus, his becoming human, happened because of God's love for us. Our kids' songs proclaim it: "Jes...

March 7, 2019

      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 wo...

March 7, 2019

Mark 1:15 "Turn away from sin and believe the good news"

     As Christians, we celebrate Jesus' resurrection each Sunday. This weekly observation punctuates our year and teaches us to practice the meaning of the Resurrection as a part of our rhythm of life....

March 5, 2019

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 i...

February 24, 2019

Psalm 6:2 "Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are in agony."

     When I look around at my community and read articles about our society and listen to voices of people in the various circles I inhabit, I am struck by the degree of emot...

April 7, 2018

 1 Cor. 13:12 "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known."

     I find it curious and compelling that this verse, which the King James version of the Bible rende...

January 28, 2018

 "Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God..." (Gal 4:9)

     So often Christians talk about knowing God and being in relationship with God. Knowing God is possible because he has revealed himself to us in creation, in Jesus and in scri...

January 26, 2018

1 John 3:1-2 "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.! And that is what we are! The reason that the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be ha...

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