Spiritual formation and exile

The more we will walk in these uncertain days the more we are in need of spiritual formation and spiritual rhythms. As we go into a spiritual Babylonian exile, we need to understand we are equipped for this time. Without Christ, we deal with a void. John Mark Comer and James Bryan Smith talk aboutContinue reading “Spiritual formation and exile”

The need for help

“I never understood why going to church made you a hypocrite… because nobody goes to church because they’re perfect. If you’ve got it all together, you don’t need to go. You can go jogging with all the other perfect people on Sunday morning. Every time you go to church, you’re confessing again to yourself, toContinue reading “The need for help”

Where I failed after 9/11

It’s been 19 years. I can still remember where I was sitting. The memories of halting the retreat where I was attending, huddling around the one TV with bad reception, the shock… calling my family… Coming out of that time I also knew the word I had from the Lord: “Prepare the Body. The worldContinue reading “Where I failed after 9/11”

Book Review: Be Kind to Yourself

Book Review: Be Kind to Yourself by Cindy Bunch The other day was yet another exercise in mental self-flagellation for me. My mind raced with questions about why I had made certain choices in certain times, why I had not become “awake” in issues around me sooner, etc. It is a regular occurrence in myContinue reading “Book Review: Be Kind to Yourself”

Unicorns and Puppy Dogs

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing withContinue reading “Unicorns and Puppy Dogs”

The steep cost of following Jesus

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (John 6:66) There has to be a willingness to enter in. There has to be a willingness to follow NOT for my own convenience, or because I understand everything fully. I need to follow BECAUSE HE IS LIFE. I trust him,Continue reading “The steep cost of following Jesus”