Christian spiritual formation can take on an other-worldly emphasis from time to time. The evangelical American subculture (true for Catholics as well) is filled with retreat centers and other places where participants are invited to come away from their day to day life and spend time with God. In and of itself these centers of rest … More Grounded Faith Formation
How do you make time for God? Many Christians have a great desire to spend time with God, but it never seems to translate to action. Sometimes, we convince ourselves that we lack the time; other times we are simply unsure of where to start or even how to cultivate the desire for a devotional/prayer … More Making Time for God
“Not by bread alone we live, Thy good word our life shall be; Not for all the earth can give Shall we worship ought but thee; Nor the word of promise bend E’er to tempt our God in heaven; Never for unholy end Was the gracious promise given” (Faint and Weary Jesus Stood by Walter … More How Evangelicals Handle Wealth, Fame, and Mission
I love Thanksgiving. I love the time off and the time with family, but over the years I’ve noticed that Thanksgiving has not been too connected to much if any Christian meaning. Although there is a rich theology of giving thanks to draw from, the holiday itself seems a bit a drift. For many churches … More Has Thanksgiving Lost Its Christian Meaning?
One of the consistent themes in the Old Testament is remembering. Remember what I did in Egypt, remember what I did in the desert, remember what I did in the midst of you. Deuteronomy 11:2 has an even more interesting theme: Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline … More On Remembering
One of the persistent themes for millennials tends to be relational isolation or lack of relational connection. Yes we have Facebook, twitter, and countless youtubes, instagram, skype, texting, and more, yet the basic problem remains. Are we known and do we know others really? When you look at depression rates, a bad economy (high unemployment … More On Loving My Neighbor Well
Our modern world has an odd obsession with the spiritual realm. We are fascinated by dark spiritual themes, everything from the more fantastical zombies and vampires to the practice of exorcism, demon possession, and things that go bump in the night. It’s a pretty strange thing if you think about it, but interestingly enough the … More I Renounce, the World, the Flesh, and the Devil