This Advent, in the midst of the festive and fun chaos, create moments of stillness to truly anticipate and prepare for Christ to come into your life in new ways. Continue reading Be Still: Advent 2018
Worry cannot add a single moment to your life, but it can certainly take moments of joy away. Continue reading A Sabbath Rest From Worry
Life doesn’t just happen to us. We’re not helpless. We make choices. If we’re going to stop for sabbath, it’s not going to happen by chance, only by choice. Continue reading Hamster Wheel Exit Strategy
Sometimes we speed so fast through life that we miss the anticipation of what is coming, the delight of getting ready for what is next. Continue reading Ready, Set, …Stop! Preparing for Sabbath
The world will never invite us to sabbath. We will never be or do or give enough for the world.
But Jesus says “Come to me… recover your life… take a real rest.” Continue reading Embracing Sabbath: A Practical Journey
Our lives get filled with junk and it weighs us down. Bad habits. Hurtful words. Judgmental thoughts. Toxic beliefs. Some of it we collect. Some of it gets dumped in our laps. Some of it we have pushed so far to the back of the cabinet that we don’t even know it’s there anymore. But it is taking up space in our lives; physical, emotional or spiritual space that God wants to fill with himself. Continue reading Decluttering the Heart
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
“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
If only there were a “Couch to 5K” plan for the soul!
Short of that, for those who would like to commit themselves to ‘Training’ rather than simply ‘Trying’ and would like some support and encouragement along the way, we will take this season of Lent to focus each week on a different spiritual discipline and learn to practice it together. Continue reading Are You Being Transformed?
“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
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
“This is the time for mercy. It is the favorable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.” – Pope Francis Continue reading Open Doors of Mercy