Craving

It’s been well over a year since my last blog post. I think I’m back. Sort of. It won’t be like before, at least most of the time. I realize now that the longer the post, the less likely you are to read it. So I want to use this blog to help us stay…Read more »

Spiritual Practice #8: “Intentionally Seek to Integrate Your Life in Christ with All Areas of Your Life”

During Advent we reflect upon and prepare for the coming of Jesus. We remember his birth and make sure our preparations are on track for his return. So why did he come? And what can we expect the second time around? The Jesus whose birth we celebrate, and whose return we anticipate, is Jesus Christ,…Read more »

Spiritual Practices 5 and 6: Having Spiritual Conversations with Believers and Those Not There Yet

I apologize for not getting out a post last week about our fifth spiritual practice: “Engage in Honest, Authentic Conversations with Other Believers.” Let me say something about the spiritual practices in general. The only way any of these spiritual practices can really work is if we want to do them. For example, most days…Read more »

Spiritual Practice 4: Identify and Use Your Spiritual Gifts

On Sunday, which happened to be Reformation Sunday, we talked about faith – faith as gift, as trust, as faithfulness, as risk, as obedience, as perseverance, and finally, as freedom. This week’s spiritual practice zeros in on one of the most important and specific ways we exercise faith. The apostle Paul writes: For by the…Read more »

Covenant Renewal: Spiritual Practice 3 – Develop a Personal, Conversational Relationship with God

As we continue our journey toward Covenant Renewal Sunday, this week’s spiritual practice is “Develop a Personal, Conversational Relationship with God.” Some people might read this and think, “Ah…Christianity Light.” It’s true that some people talk about a personal relationship with Christ in a way that privatizes their faith and avoids the costly discipleship of…Read more »