Becoming God Adapted

I like long races--ultramarathons, half-Ironman and Ironman triathlons, hundred mile bike rides.  Endurance, more than speed, is my game.  As any endurance athlete knows nutrition is key to a good race.  I once heard an ultramarathoner describe racing 26.2 mile plus distances as an eating contest with some running thrown in.  Too much, too little, the wrong mix can cause an endurance athlete to fall short of the goal and perhaps even fail to finish the race.  Its for that reason that many endu … [Read more...]

Don’t Ruin Your Appetite: Fasting Through Lent

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On Wednesdays and Fridays I am hungry, but it is on those days that I am closest to being satisfied.  On the Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent I fast, following the ancient Christian tradition of abstaining from all caloric foods and drinks twice weekly.  This was a tradition regained by the early Methodists with their efforts to reinvigorate Christianity as a practice—in choosing this twice weekly fast I am in good company.There are of course a number of things I could have taken on to train to … [Read more...]

Friday Fast (With a Few Notes on Why)

Fast from all food or caloric drinks until 5 PM.Why fast?  There are a host of reasons (Jesus did it to name one), but one of the key benefits of fasting is that it give us a spiritual hardiness.  Fasting provides a conscious and regular way to say no to our desires, in this case for food.  By learning to say no in order to open ourselves to something better (the Bread of Life), we prepare ourselves for the million nos that must come in our life in order to say yes to all of the good things G … [Read more...]

Friday Fast: Ramadan Edition

Fast from all food, and to the extent safe, fluids during daylight hours.Today marks the first full day of Ramadan.  One way that Christians can journey with Muslims in this period of seeking submission to God is to follow the daily fast which extends from sunrise to sunset each day.Other key practices of Ramadan that would be helpful for Christians are the offering of charity and reading through the Koran, a particularly helpful practice for Christians unfamiliar with Islam.Since … [Read more...]


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