Borders is Done: Further Evidence of the Impact of the Internet on Book Publishing

Borders flagship store in Ann Arbor, Michigan

On Monday, I blogged on a New York Times article that documented the “victory” of the E-book revolution. Yesterday’s Times has further evidence of the unprecedented changes facing book publishers and sellers because of the Internet. “Calling Off Auction, Borders Plans to Liquidate” reports on the final downfall of Borders, on of the nation’s leading [Read More...]

Confirming the Spirit’s Guidance, Part 1

Members of Irvine Presbyterian Church caring for orphans in South Africa

Part 18 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Sometimes we won’t know for sure if we have correctly discerned the Spirit’s voice until we step out in faith. This is surely the scariest part of spiritual guidance because it requires both trust in God and a willingness to be embarrassed. But if you ask [Read More...]

The E-Book Revolution: Evidence of a Decisive Victory

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A recent article in the New York Times provided evidence that E-books have won a decisive victory in their war with print media. “E-Book Revolution Upends a Publishing Course” by Julie Bosman focuses on the Columbia Publishing Course, perhaps the most prestigious short introduction to the publishing world. Many of the leaders of the top [Read More...]

Divine Guidance and Spiritual Direction

The first book in Howatch's series of novels featuring the Anglican church. I recommend this book, though it is R-rated in spots.

Part 17 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my opinion, spiritual direction can be a valuable means through which God can guide us. Allow me to explain what I mean and why I think this way. For most Protestant and/or evangelical Christians, the phrase “spiritual direction” is an unfamiliar one. The title of [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: When God Holds Back

When God Holds Back Psalm 74:1-23 Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long. Psalm 74:22 Psalm 74 was written after the Babylonians overthrew Jerusalem in 587 B.C. In that year, they destroyed the city, and burnt the temple to the ground. The residents of Jerusalem who were not [Read More...]

Developing an Ear to Hear the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

When I lived in California, I frequently walked along the beach at Crystal Cove State Park when I needed to get away and pray.

Part 16 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I talked about how important it is to quiet our hearts if we’re to receive guidance through the Holy Spirit. I suggested that literal silence, such as what we might experience on a silent retreat, helps promote internal silence. But how is [Read More...]

Developing an Ear to Hear the Holy Spirit, Part 1

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Part 15 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Occasionally, the Holy Spirit almost shouts at us. Indeed, “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters” (Psalm 29:3). But most of the time, the Spirit deals with us as God did with Elijah, through [Read More...]

Guidance Through Divine Whispering (Part 2)

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Part 13 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I related the Old Testament story of Elijah who, after confronting the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, retreats to the wilderness where he hears the “gentle whisper” or “still, small voice” of God. I suggested that we too can hear that [Read More...]

Guidance Through Divine Whispering

Ferdinand Olivier, Elijah in the Wilderness, 1831

Part 12 of series: How Does God Guide Us? The Old Testament book of 1 Kings contains one of the most dramatic stories in all of Scripture (1 Kgs 18-19). Israel was languishing under the corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. The royal couple had led the nation into the worship of the [Read More...]

Applying to Med School? Better Work on Your People Skills

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A recent article in the New York Times examined a trend in medical school admissions to care about more than just top grades and MCAT scores. “New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test” by Gardiner Harris described a new approach to med school interviews, the “multiple mini interview.” It measures such things as teamwork, [Read More...]

Patheos Book Club: Mother Teresa, CEO

A few days ago, I put up my contribution to the Patheos Book Club’s latest conversation about Mother Teresa, CEO. That conversation has continued, with entries from a variety of writers. One is from my colleague, Marcus Goodyear, who is the Senior Editor of The High Calling. His article is called: “Doubt is Not Despair, [Read More...]

Divine Guidance Through Dreams and Visions

Rembrandt, The Dream of St. Joseph, 1650-55

Part 12 of series: How Does God Guide Us? So far in this series I’ve shown that God guides us through circumstances, Scripture, community, and reason. Those who especially liked my last post on divine guidance through reason might find themselves a bit uncomfortable with today’s post. I must admit that the subject of guidance [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Praying That Our Leaders Care for the Poor and the Oppressed

Praying That Our Leaders Care for the Poor and the Oppressed Psalm 72:1-20 He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him. Psalm 72:13-14 Psalm 72 is a prayer for the king of Israel. Though [Read More...]

Painted Buntings at Laity Lodge

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I thought I’d share a couple of photos I took recently at Laity Lodge. The first is a male Painted Bunting. The second shows the male with his “wife.” These are beautiful birds. [Read more...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Reason

Part 11 of series: How Does God Guide Us? So far I’ve shown that God guides us through circumstances, Scripture, and community. In my last post, I added that we can be guided through careful reasoning. I want to explain what I mean in this post. Because the Spirit’s guidance can be so marvelously miraculous [Read More...]

Divine Guidance Through Community (Part 2)

A picture of my wife and me around the time of my story. Yes, I was wearing those giant glasses and that stylish moustache. And, yes, I was wearing shorts that short. I'm glad some things change, though I'd be happy to have all that brown hair again.

Part 10 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I began to explain how God guides us through Christian community. This sort of discernment happens especially in the context of intimate relationships: small groups, prayer partnerships, or spiritual direction relationships. For example, several years ago, my wife and I were going [Read More...]


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