A few weeks ago, I had the chance to lead our Sunday morning time of prayer. I was given the opportunity to write whatever I wanted … and the process of putting together a prayer for our community ended up being one of the neatest writing experiences I’ve had in a long time. God, we … More A Prayer For a Broken and Beautiful World
“The fear of YHWH (the Lord) is the beginning of wisdom.” Have you heard that one before? The Old Testament has a number of allusions to a powerful, mighty God — a God who inspires fear and reverence from trembling followers. No matter what our spiritual beliefs, I firmly believe we should be constantly testing them: … More Can a Good God Inspire Genuine Fear?
I’ve never really been a prayer walk type of person. I’m not spiritual enough. I mean, my faith matters to me. A ton. But I’ve never been one of those super-Christian who dedicates hours to walking around and praying. Like, who has the time … or the patience or the self-discipline … to actually do that? Maybe … More Prayer Walk: What It Feels Like to Encounter the Holy Spirit
A couple weekends ago, I went on a Celtic prayer retreat. A friend and I drove my little Mazda 3 up to an undeveloped camp site a few hours north of Seattle … and we spent the weekend camping with a group of people we’d never met. I’d never camped with strangers, and I’d never been on a prayer … More Prayer Retreat: Figuring Out Who I’m Going to Be
I’m distracted. Work has been busy lately. I’ve been too caught up to focus on faith. I don’t have time to think about ways to act more like Jesus. Or try — in earnest — to better understand God’s truth or how God is leading my life. It’s not that I’m trying to ignore God. Things are just really busy at work right … More When I’m Too Distracted For God — What’s the Solution?
Lately, I’ve been trying to invest more in spiritual practices and disciplines. I was raised Protestant and Evangelical, so a lot of the church’s rich history of traditions and practices just weren’t talked about. Tradition isn’t really that helpful, I’ve been told a billion times. Tradition is fine, if you’re into that sort of thing, the logic goes. But … More Spiritual Disciplines: Risks and Benefits
Not having a car right now means I end up taking the bus a lot of places. Buses are nice and all, but they don’t always like to come on time. So as I was standing on a street corner downtown this morning wondering why my bus was 3 minutes late–yeah, I know. Just 3. … More Patience, My Young Padawan…
It’s official. I have completed two full weeks of giving up desserts for Lent. And shockingly … I am not miserable. Giving up desserts has been easier than I expected. Yes, I’ve had to turn down cake, cake pops, cookies and chocolate on a handful of occasions, but nothing looked so delicious that I felt like I was … More 2 Weeks Down, 4.5 to Go
Do you remember the movie Elf, when Buddy listed his main food groups? Candy. Candy canes. Candy corn. And syrup. I’m get the feeling. I eat pretty healthy overall — low fat, lots of veggies, etc — but my sugar intake is definitely high. If I had to pull a Buddy and list my main food groups, they’d be … More Rethinking Lent — But Seriously, Though
Contemplative prayer. It’s something that impressive spiritual people do, but I’ve never really tried it before. I know there are benefits of making time to be contemplative … but honestly, who has time? I’m a Bible-study-on-the-treadmill, pray-while-driving, scroll-through-verses-on-my-Bible-app type of person. My life is busy, but I’ve found creative ways to fit prayer, scripture reading and other spiritual … More Only One Thing Is Needed: An Exercise in (Reluctant) Contemplation