I need more “pain in the mind”

In an age of sound bites and Twitter feeds, many Christian leaders are so busy trying to keep up with current events that few of us take time to stop, to study, and to struggle for the sake of teaching God’s people. All too often, we take a side and stick to it without the discipline of listening or questioning our instincts. The thin veneer of our discipleship is showing cracks as a result. (MORE HERE)

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And be thankful

The past few days have been a whirlwind in my life. Events have stacked up in a way where I needed to shuffle some things, miss some things, add new things in… anyone reading this knows those times happen. This was one of those weeks for me.  Read more

The simple work of transformation

Meditative prayer is a wonderful tool to utilize in our walk with the Lord. I highly recommend Richard Foster’s little book, Sanctuary of the Soul, as a guide.

He finishes his teaching with this:

This transforming work does not happen all at once and not completely perhaps. But it does happen. The old games of manipulation and control begin losing their appeal to us. Guile becomes less and less a pattern of our daily life. A new compassion rises up within us for the bruised and broken and the dispossessed… We are becoming friends with Jesus (Jn. 15:14).

This is a work I am very weak in with my own prayer life. But the Lord favors me with beautiful moments. This last Sunday I didn’t have to preach and so as I worshiped with my parents at their church, the Lord spoke so clearly to me about ministry that is ahead. I was able to catch a moment to hear, to listen, to be transformed. Those are wonderful moments of grace I cherish so deeply.

Transformation is a slow process. Walk in it.

Prayers for the Day

Give me a pure heart — that I may see Thee,
A humble heart — that I may hear Thee,
A heart of love — that I may serve Thee,
A heart of faith — that I may abide in Thee. (Dag Hammarskjold)

Learning to chew on the Word

It’s that evil word so many evangelical/fundamentalists don’t like: meditation. 

Simon Chan in his book, Spiritual Theology, reflects deeply on the need for scripture meditation. We are given too quickly to analysis in our Western mindset. We see a text and think one of two things: “I need to do a word study and historical background and cultural background and literary analysis on this,” or, “I have no idea what this is saying and I’m not a theologian.”

We’ve lost the art of spiritual reading. We want to be faithful to the study of the Word. Yet, we also need the Word to penetrate our hearts and examine us. We need to quit looking at Scripture as simply a handbook or answer book. We need to take smaller bites and chew more.