spirituality outside of church

It is possible and I would even say necessary to have a spirituality outside of church. That's my opinion of what a healthy church is anyway: a collective of uniquely independent spiritual pilgrims. Therefore, it comes down to how to have a healthy spirituality anyway, whether you go to church or not. Being outside the church is a valid and viable way of being spiritual. Right now I just want to share with you the first and most important step: Get in touch with your own spirituality! One of … [Read more...]

the mind and spiritual growth

Spiritual transformation is very difficult. The mind is a very complex organ, bent on its own self-preservation, security and comfort. The brain's primary purpose is to protect the organism. Once we see this to be true, then many other things make sense. For instance, the brain is an expert tweaker. We can see self-protection occurring in religion and spiritual growth. Often, what we think is spiritual growth is actually a slight modification of the thoughts already present. But the brain is … [Read more...]

be the pioneer you are called to be

All the heroes of the faith, at some point, broke away from the norm, the crowd, the established, to become pioneers, to find their own spiritual property, build their own spiritual homes, to become caretakers of their own spirituality. Some are happy just going along with the flow, upholding the faith and maintaining the institution of their religion. They are happy to live and die in the arms of their inherited religion, belief, faith and spirituality. They are a stable blessing to the world. … [Read more...]

pitfalls after leaving the church

I would never want to claim I have my act together. I don't. And I don't want to pretend to either. There are days when I am not doing well. I am just now emerging out of two of the darkest months of my entire life. I'm not out of the woods yet. (Maybe some of you extra sensitive ones have detected something.) In 1 Corinthian 5:27, when Paul says that he lets his body take the punches, I think he was partially referring to taking the assault of life full on. In other words, he let his body … [Read more...]

how to lose the church without losing your soul

realize that your soul is independent of the church... in it but not of it; know that that the church was only meant to assist your journey, not initiate, endorse or authenticate it; find others you connect with outside the church, christian or not, for life-giving relationships; allow yourself time to learn how to breathe without the use of the apparatus (the church); do not accept the inevitable corrections and condemnations you will receive from well-intentioned but seriously mistaken … [Read more...]

wake up before the breakup

Some of you might remember this cartoon when I posted it some years ago. And the reaction. But the message is good. Our spirituality can be so hobby. Part time. A compartment of our lives. Unintegrated. Shallow. Empty. Useless. Time to wake up before the breakup! (Download my ebook "nakedpastor 101" for .99¢.) To download the ebook, --> click here! <-- Check out my originals and prints of my art, cartoons and Sophia drawings. Or get the paperback from Amazon: … [Read more...]

sitting on the bridge kit

There are so many bridges at our disposal to make manifest the reality of our unity. But will we employ them? Visit my online gallery where you can buy my most popular cartoons and art. … [Read more...]

navigating plateaus

I teach English as a second language to international students at a university. One of the things you learn as a teacher is that students will plateau in their learning, acquisition and utilization of English. This can be caused by many things such as over-saturation, educational exhaustion, complacency or ability. I believe it is helpful to educate the student not just on the subject being taught… in this case English… but to educate them on the process. Once a student learns about the … [Read more...]

without a pastor

There are so many people without a pastor. Maybe millions. They have no one they can talk with about their spiritual journeys. They have no one skillful enough to trust with their very serious, complex and deeply disturbing questions. They have no one they would dare bare their deepest selves to. They have no one who will validate their own unique pilgrimage and provide hope in the outcome of their search, no matter where it leads them. Not that everyone needs a pastor all of the time or any of … [Read more...]

Transitioning

Years ago I heard someone say that a pastor is someone who helps others transition from one spiritual level to the next. I knew that this is what I want to do. Of course, what he had in mind was helping people move from an immature evangelical theology and lifestyle to a more mature evangelical theology and lifestyle. That's not what I have in mind. "Spirituality" has become a difficult word because it travels with all kinds of assortments of baggage. Someone asked me yesterday, "What do you … [Read more...]