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?”
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”
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”
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”
As I approach 5,000 posts on this blog, I reflect on why I got started. Some thoughts begin HERE and then continue HERE. This being post 4998, I find myself in John 15:1-17 with the greatest thoughts on “abiding” and “pruning.”
I am coming up on 5000 posts on this blog. 5000.
My daily reading from the Daily Office takes me through John 6 regularly and every time I walk through it is the sense I am on holy ground. This is a moving text for me because it drives so deeply into our human motives and the desire of Jesus to strip us of all otherContinue reading “John 6 and holy ground”
This is the Sunday commemorating the baptism of Jesus. The reading for our church is from Luke 3:
A habit I still develop is the use of the Book of Common Prayer. The daily guide for Scripture reading is a solid help in my study and prayer life. But there is so much more. This video is a HUGE help!
As I have reflected on the demythologizing of my evangelical life, I have not stopped on the “deconstruction” side. I have asked for a reconstruction of the essentials of the Kingdom. THIS comes up so often I find it essential to the Kingdom of God: