On today’s podcast I discuss the things that slow us down in spiritual disciplines. Mainly two aspects in particular: excessive effort and lack of adequate preparation. When we feel like we should start to work on our life of faith we may feel a lot of guilt and anxiety. What role does grace and the … More Things that Slow Us Down in Spiritual Disciplines
by Alexei Laushkin Several years ago I was at a church retreat and each of us were asked to plot our spiritual lives on a graph from left to right and than to go around and share that graph with the group. Without fall most of these lifelong Christians drew a graph that had high … More How do you grow as a Christian?
If we have lived the Christian life for any length of time, you can recall times where we have felt God beckoning. Pushing you to get more serious with your Christian faith, your walk with Christ, even specific circumstances that you might have been in. Each of us have different experiences of these moments. Where … More Jesus Help Me Please: Getting Right as a Christian
re-posted from the Church of the Ascension blog. Habits and small practices. Our days are filled with them. C.S. Lewis reminds us that in little ways we either choose faithfulness or enter into the lack thereof. These decisions guide whether we become the glorious children of the life to come or we continue a sort … More New Habits of Solitude is that Even Possible?
We live in an age that does not have a very good concept or grasp of Christian commitment when it comes to loving our neighbor as our self. We interpret these words to mean that we should treat each other well not that we should commit to each other whether the relationship is going well … More Relational Commitment
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
Our lives are filled with liturgy, though not necessarily of a Christian kind. Our day to day wants, patterns, and focuses form a kind of regular lived out pattern or liturgy of practice. We often don’t recognize how deeply ingrained our liturgies are. At times they are centered around a particularly powerful draw (a TV … More Our Lives Are Filled with Liturgy