Fasting from Words with Friends

Like any spiritual discipline, fasting creates room for us to let God in. When the door is shut and we keep God on the outside with our busyness and our preoccupation and our frenetic activity, we don’t realize what we’re missing. But when we stop and open the door, even a crack, even for no longer than it takes to play a simple game on a phone, we catch a glimpse of God’s silhouette in the doorway and allow ourselves to feel how much we long for him to come near; to come inside and sit for a while and speak a word just to us. Continue reading Fasting from Words with Friends

Billy Graham & Spiritual Disciplines

“Unless the soul is fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled.  It remains discontented, confused, restless.” – Rev. Billy Graham In an interview for his book, Writing for the Soul: Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life, author Jerry Jenkins asked the Rev. Billy Graham how he maintained spiritual disciplines in his own life. “His eyes lit up,” Jenkins wrote. “There’s no … Continue reading Billy Graham & Spiritual Disciplines

RE:Lent in a Relentless World

“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.  Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.” – Romans 12:9-21 (MSG) I love that Lent begins on Valentine’s Day this year.  It makes it a bit challenging for those giving up chocolate for Lent, I suppose, but it’s appropriate, nonetheless. At the heart of it, the reflection and … Continue reading RE:Lent in a Relentless World

No Ashes for Wednesday

This column originally appeared on baptistnews.com on February 5, 2016. What can you offer on Ash Wednesday if your jar of ashes is empty? What do you give when you’re feeling empty? When the thought well is dry, when compassion is spent? I opened the box that had been sitting on the pastor’s desk for weeks. “Ashes for 500” was scrawled on the top in … Continue reading No Ashes for Wednesday