Day by day, little by little, step by step, and moment by moment we are chasing, pursuing, and becoming something. The reality of our story is that we are shaped by how we spend our time. The matters of life that get our most energy have a profound destiny on where we end up. This […]
One semester in seminary, I had to take a class on the spiritual disciplines. Over the course of the semester, I had to regularly engage in historical and traditional aspects of the Christian faith. There were retreats of silence and contemplation. There were periods of devout study, and it was when I first regularly began […]
Luke continues the story of Paul and his travels by following the same formula that we’ve seen before. Paul enters the synagogue, he preaches, some believe, others don’t, the city becomes divided. From there, the new believers want to know more and the skeptics want Paul killed. It reminds me of a television series, but instead […]
It’s a regular habit of mine, as both a personal discipline and a group strategy, to ask the question: Where have I (or we) seen God recently? It forces me to stop and look around. To observe. To breath. To pay attention to the details of life that so easily rush by.
I remember sitting in a freshman orientation class learning about the need for a five, and even a ten year plan. I was urged, passionately pleaded with, to make sure that I have everything planned out with purpose and direction. I remember his booming voice.