Spiritual Guidance for Whose Benefit? Part 2

Julie Andrews as Maria van Trapp in The Sound of Music

Part 21 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I suggested that God’s guidance is not only for our personal benefit, though we are surely helped when God guides us. But divine guidance is often for the sake of others, and ultimately for the sake of God and His purposes. This [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: God Defeated the Enemy in Jerusalem

God Defeated the Enemy in Jerusalem Psalm 76:1-12 Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home. There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Psalm 76:2-3 Psalm 76 celebrates God’s victory over his enemies. Though we don’t know the specific events that inspired [Read More...]

A Couple of Pictures from Laity Lodge

The Frio River to the north of the Laity Lodge property

As you may know, south central Texas has been experiencing extreme drought conditions for the last few months (though we did get 3/4s of an inch of rain at Laity Lodge this week!). Nevertheless, there is still plenty of natural beauty in the Frio Canyon, where Laity Lodge is located. I thought I’d share a [Read More...]

Spiritual Guidance: For Whose Benefit? Part 1

The maze outside of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia

Part 20 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post in this series, I told the story of a woman named Eva who tested what she believed to be the Spirit’s guidance by stepping out in faith. Through doing this, she was able to bring God’s grace to a woman who was [Read More...]

Confirming the Spirit’s Guidance, Part 2

A cliff diver in Acapulco, Mexico. Now that's what I call a leap of faith!

Part 19 of series: How Does God Guide Us? A couple of days ago, I suggested that we can confirm (or disconfirm) the Spirit’s guidance in a variety of ways, but principally through stepping out in faith. I also acknowledged that this can be scary, since it may require us to do something that is [Read More...]

Ivy League Football: A Provocative Moral Dilemma

Harvard vs. Brown in 2009. Go Crimson!

A story in today’s New York Times got me thinking. In “Ivy League to Limit Full-Contact Football Practices” , Ken Belson reports on the recent rule change in the Ivy League that greatly limits full-contact practices for football players. The Ivy League adopted rules far more stringent than anything else in the NCAA as a [Read More...]

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


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


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)


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


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...]