Every week, people at my work can gather for at least three different types of worship and prayer events, including Communion. We’re in a Christian workplace, and having opportunities to get together — to worship God, to read liturgy together, to sing a praise song, or to pray for each other — no matter what branch … More I’m Not “Christian” Enough — And God Doesn’t Need Me to Be
On a scale of 1 to Christian, I used to be pretty close to an awesome 10. I’ve been going to church regularly since I was in diapers. I accepted Christ as my savior at age 3. My biggest flaws have been things like swearing and gossiping. But lying, starting fights, or being hurtful? That sort … More I Didn’t Used to Suck This Much
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
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
I was Saturday night. My brothers, sister, and I had spent the day together. We’d cooked dinner, and were kicking back with a favorite comedy. Just as my sister and I were thinking about heading home, it happened. “Oh, that’s a sad text message.” My brother’s voice. I whipped my head up, looked at him, then rushed for my phone. I … More “He Is Gone”
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
Three years ago, I had a big, gnawing concern about my spiritual life. I realized my life wasn’t really bearing any fruit. We’re supposed to do that, right? As Christians. In John 15:16, Jesus says,“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” Back then, I was working downtown at … More Simple Ways to Be Christian Who Bears Fruit — Have You Fed a Sheep Today?