What is a spiritual practice?

Too often a “spiritual practice” may be assumed to be something “private” or “personal.” This was not the view of OT Israel, or God’s covenant. John Goldingay has an interesting insight: People in Jerusalem were particularly interested in the spiritual practice of fasting and were puzzled as to why it didn’t work. It’s obvious whyContinue reading “What is a spiritual practice?”

The deep need of American Christianity

I grew up Pentecostal. I grew up learning a history of “revivals” and revival movements in North America. What is needed in the white American church today isn’t “revival.” It’s never been “revival.” The need is discipleship. It is to know what it’s like to live out the Sermon on the Mount as we liveContinue reading “The deep need of American Christianity”

Post Number 5,000 — Greatest Discipleship Lessons

As I approached this number, I began to reflect on discipleship lessons learned over the years. I’ve posted about a lot of things, and my most popular post by far was one on the use of cell phones in the bathroom about 12 years ago, my main reason for beginning this blog was to learnContinue reading “Post Number 5,000 — Greatest Discipleship Lessons”

The greatest discipleship lessons, pt. 4

I am at post 4,999 on this blog. As I reflect on why I began this blog, I am also walking through John 13-17 in my reading and it gives me a wonderful opportunity to reflect on those great lessons of discipleship. This is why I started this blog: to learn more about spiritual formationContinue reading “The greatest discipleship lessons, pt. 4”