Spiritual Growth

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How Do I Respond to Disagreements About Race?

I confess that I’m not sure, at the level of larger social and denominational structures, what can be done about this disagreement. Bonnie Kristian has spoken to the possibility of division in sobering terms; for many of our institutions we may have to say “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” But I do know that at the scale of interpersonal relationships and local congregations, Scripture calls for us to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3 NIV) and to “bear with each other and forgive one another” (Colossians 3:13 NIV). To that end, I recommend four difficult steps for conversations about race:
1. Practice a Posture of Prayer
2. Have Humility
3. Hold Your Ground, Gently
4. Champion Cultural Change

How Can I Make Time for Prayer?: Part 2

Scripture invites us into something far richer than a stale duty when we pray. Think about how energizing a genuine friendship can be. You look forward to spending time with the other person. You enjoy conversation with them. You feel close to them. Although we all will face times when prayer doesn’t feel like this, it’s also possible to experience times when it does.

How Can I Make Time for Prayer?

Making time for emotionally honest conversations with God is an exercise of the virtue of faith. When we take time to be emotionally present to ourselves and to God, we’re acting in confidence that God is real, even if we feel anything but confident.

How Does God Think and Feel About Me?

Friend is a word of mutuality… Consider how this mutuality can reframe our interactions with God. If you’ve neglected a life of prayer and feel convicted about it, is your primary feeling a failure of duty? What if instead, you considered that Jesus just misses you?

Tree with its roots showing growing in front of a waterfall

What is Spiritual Formation?

Thankfully, for followers of Jesus, spiritual formation isn’t trendy or exotic. It’s just a helpful way to refer to a reality that the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures teach about all human beings: We all have a spirit, an inner life, that takes shape over time. Think about your body. It changes shape based on what goes into it and what you do with it. That’s true about our inner, spiritual self as well.

True Power

When I was a child, I was amazed at how amazed grownups were at how fast I grew. “How did you get so big?” is one of those questions that gets old fast. But now that I am a grownup, it’s my turn to be amazed how fast kids grow. When my wife and I …

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Why Thankfulness Changes Us

Growing up in a Christian subculture prone to both kitsch and mnemonic devices, I was subjected early on to many cringe-worthy didactic moments. One shining example was a motivational poster on the wall that asked, “Do you have an attitude of gratitude?” The subtext seemed to be, “We know how to make

Memento Mori: The Compelling Case for Daily Faithfulness

Death can be unthinkable. Some time ago, I was seated behind a young friend of mine in small evening worship service. Her mother had recently received a late-stage diagnosis of a serious illness. I was heart-worn already that day, and my usual shields set up against imagining tragedy slipped. Her youthful frame

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