When I was a child, prayer came naturally. Like most children, I just spoke with God. But then I became a sophisticated teenager. Relationships suddenly became vast forests of mystery and complex interactions. Every conversation was pregnant with both pitfalls and opportunities. I discovered, as we all do when we leave childhood behind, that people … Continue reading Pray Like A Jazz Soloist – It’ll Set You Free
I’ll confess it; prayer is difficult. After hearing the carefully crafted prayers of professional religionists, I used to despair, thinking “I’ll never be able to talk like that.” Then, I became one of those professional religionists, and that didn’t make it better. I felt like people expected neo-Shakespearian prose from me when I prayed. I … Continue reading These 4 Books Helped Me Discover New Depths Of Prayer
Admit it, theology looks boring. Those thick books, rife with unpronounceable german words strung together in small print, they’re intimidating. If we summon the courage to heft one of these tomes off the shelf and peruse the pages, we find prose that sounds more pedantic than poetic. We quickly find ourselves adrift in a sea … Continue reading Theology MUST Lead To Doxology (Meditation on Ephesians 1:3-14)
Ours is an era of suspicion. Don’t take my word for it; read this Nov 30, 2013 article from the Associated Press about their poll of Americans, asking how much they trust their fellow citizens. The results tempt me to fear for the Republic. Now, nearly 2/3 of the American public says they really can’t … Continue reading What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good
The Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth (John 16:13)How does that work?Subtly, I think. I’ve listened to friends tell stories about powerful visitations of the Holy Spirit. Inevitably the tale begins with, “Now, promise me you won’t think I’m crazy.” Then comes the account: an angelic visitation at a young man’s bedside, a … Continue reading Sanctified Intuition – the Holy Spirit At Work
My friend Tim Fary told me once, “We Calvinists really love God the Father a lot; we like Jesus the Son; but the Holy Spirit is a total stranger.”It’s only funny because it rings so true.Fix your attention on some other group of American Christianity, and I’ll wager you’ll find a similar engrossment with one … Continue reading How Many Christians Are Functional Unitarians?
“Have you asked Jesus into your heart as your personal savior?” Growing up in the Bible Belt, I often heard the question. A question asked by well-meaning people, earnest people. For certain, that question played its part in many a spiritual wakening.But is it the right question? Are we even offered a question? Are not … Continue reading Who have you asked into your heart?