Quote for the Day

Vocal prayers, as we know, give no information to God: but they do give us that temper of mind in which we can approach Him... If anyone objects that this is tantamount to saying that vocal prayer is a self-suggestion, I reply that a very great deal of it is self-suggestion; and, moreover, that we ought thus to suggest to our reluctant and wandering minds such devotional ideas... It has always been used by religious persons; and we ought not to be afraid of doing that which has always been done … [Read more...]

Letting Go

I have a friend who is a hoarder. He owns somewhere in the vicinity of 25,000 books, along with numerous DVDs and videos. He's in his seventies, so this represents a lifetime of collecting. His house is jammed full of the things, along with a large storage shed in his back yard, not to mention two off-site storage units. His wife is furious, and he is slowly coming to the painful realization that a lifelong dream of his — that he could merrily collect books and spend his retirement years reading … [Read more...]

A Few Deep Breaths

I spoke with a friend of mine the other night, who does marketing consulting for publishers. We talked about my writing. Now that The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader has gone to press, my next project is to work on the new edition of The Aspiring Mystic which will hopefully be released in time for the Wild Goose Festival.But then what?Spiritual writing for me is a calling, not a career or even a livelihood. Yes, I want my books to be successful, but at the risk of sounding clichéd, … [Read more...]

The Spirituality Immersion Experience

I spent the weekend at Columbia Theological Seminary (just a ten minute drive from my house!), participating in their Lifelong Learning department's "Spirituality Immersion Experience," which is the entry level program for their Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Participants included a variety of both laypersons and clergy from a number of different denominations. Over the course of the event, we participated in classes including a general introduction ("What is Spirituality?"), the … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Spirituality is theology walking. — Joan Chittister, Heart of Flesh … [Read more...]

Inception and Contemplation

By now I suppose everyone who wants to see Inception will have done so. But if you want to see it, and haven't yet, don't read any further, as this post does contain spoilers. … [Read more...]

Contemplation: A Daily Sabbath

Yesterday at First Christian Church of Atlanta's inaugural annual conference on Christian spirituality, I spoke about the Biblical roots of contemplation. I focused on two particular verses: Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8) But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6) The verse from Matthew is used all the time to justify contemplative prayer, with … [Read more...]