Paralyzed by Grace? What We Can Learn From Monastic Discipline

Adapted from Grateful to the Dead.   We wonder today why we are spiritually anemic. This post from the monasticism chapter of my forthcoming Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis moves on from the first of the “principles of mastery”–passion–to the third–discipline. Holiness is not optional, and it requires effort All this talk of [Read More…]

Leading on Gratitude Road

This past week I had the opportunity to share briefly in a chapel service at our school. The theme was thankfulness and gratitude. Whether in the Thanksgiving season or beyond, learning the art of gratitude is important for leaders and followers alike. The Good and the Bad of Future Focus But nurturing a spirit of [Read More…]

Advent and the grace of delayed gratification

By Christopher Edmonston   In our world of instant delivery and fast passes, the countercultural season of Advent offers no shortcuts. Instead, we must walk slowly alongside the expectant couple, beholding the ordinary and tuning our hearts to the Holy Spirit, writes a Presbyterian pastor. This post originally appeared at Faith and Leadership. Years ago, [Read More…]

From 20 cents to $2200: Adventures in Tithing

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Charitable Giving. Read other perspectives here.   When I was a little kid, I got an allowance of a dollar. I can’t tell you if that was above or below the average for the mid-1970s when I was a little kid, but I [Read More…]

What both Bernie Sanders and George Will Contribute to the Christian Debate on Income Inequality

By Anne Bradley Income inequality is one of the most hotly debated topics of the 2016 presidential debates, and an issue with which Christian voters are forced to wrestle. Bernie Sanders calls it the great moral issue of our time, while Washington Post columnist George Will disagrees. Those on both sides of the issue offer [Read More…]

The Peculiar Loneliness of the Entrepreneur

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Lonely. God, that word sounds pathetic. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when pondering the entrepreneur. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve read any articles specifically about loneliness and the entrepreneur, yet I believe it’s a reality that exists [Read More…]