Following the Path

I think a lot about the trend toward more and more people identifying themselves as "spiritual but not religious." I know this polarizes a lot of people — some churchgoers, even liberal ones like UCC Minister Lillian Daniel, dismiss this kind of spirituality as symptomatic of our culture of narcissism; while other folks, like Rabbi Rami Shapiro, see it as a positive sign: a sign of being (in Rabbi Rami's words) "spiritually independent." Here's another way to look at it: some folks blame the S … [Read more...]

Practical Discipline

There was a sense of freedom in knowing that I would never run out of room to grow. There was peace in knowing the race was over. Where I was right now was just where I should be, given the amount of effort I had expended. I saw the wake behind my boat for the first time, and I realized I was moving ahead, and pretty quickly, as a matter of fact. But the most important truth revealed to me in that moment was this: My real joy was found in my ability to learn to experience my growth, moment by … [Read more...]

By Your Words

For my morning lectio divina, today I read Matthew 12:33-37. Although this passage is best known for "the tree is known by its fruit" (v. 33), two other parts of the passage particularly caught my attention this morning, from verses 34 and 37:For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks... for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.Challenging words indeed for me as a writer — but also for anyone who loves to speak or write! What Jesus is s … [Read more...]

The troll and the coward

Somebody called me a coward yesterday.It was a guy who had become a Facebook friend of mine. We'll just call him "M." I didn't know him, but we had a few mutual friends and so when M. requested that we be friends, I accepted.We didn't have any interaction until yesterday, when I posted the following status update on my Facebook page: Matthew 25:31-46: the Christian mandate for social justice. I'll freely admit: this was a response to Glenn Beck's telling his listeners that they should avoid … [Read more...]


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