The slow walk of spiritual maturity comes with learning the rhythms of the Kingdom of God. Along the journey, the Church over the centuries has built rhythms that remind us of the deep truths of the Kingdom of God. Lent is one of those seasons and we are about to enter into this time.
Some thoughts from Eugene Peterson as we enter another pattern of the Kingdom life:
“There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society
Let us walk with a view to a long apprenticeship.
Two words that have been used in at least a couple of ways regarding leadership and life: Die. Change. Continue reading “Die. Change.”
Don’t just “read” the Word. Don’t just “study” the Word. As believers, we are invited into a level of engagement with the Scriptures that doesn’t have any other parallel. Why settle for so much less? Continue reading “The slow walk to maturity — ABSORB the Word”
We look for assurance. We look for certainty. What happens when we don’t always get it? Continue reading “When in doubt… is God still there?”
We tend to like Christianity in a “paint by numbers” kit. Jesus isn’t good at that. Continue reading “The slow process of maturity — the lack of a “road map””
Christ calls us to come and follow. We don’t get the whole picture in one sitting. It’s what we want, but it’s not his way. Continue reading “Slow walk to maturity — filling our minds with Christ”