Darkness that lets us see the light

By |2018-03-02T16:30:24-06:00February 17th, 2016|

Part of me did not want to go to church. Another part of me longed for it, in a shaky, hungry sort of way. The hunger won out. At The Practice, the gathering we attend [...]

Head of the household?

By |2018-03-02T16:32:30-06:00June 30th, 2015|

“Why did God make man the head of the household?” That question stared up at me from the study one of the men in our small group had written. We were discussing a chapter from [...]

Three Bible Words That Might Surprise You

By |2018-03-02T16:33:01-06:00June 9th, 2015|

Taking time each day to read the Bible can help us grow spiritually, and experience God’s love. Truth? I am sometimes tempted to skip this spiritual practice or hurry through it, because I think I've [...]

How to get more out of reading the Bible

By |2018-03-02T16:34:22-06:00April 21st, 2015|

When we're really familiar with the Bible, it can seem a bit dry, or overly familiar. We miss out on a chance to encounter God. Two practices can help us: slowing down, and digging deeper. [...]

Why the Psalms are in the Bible

By |2018-03-02T16:35:06-06:00March 30th, 2015|

My friend Jen is Episcopal, and the girl knows her way around The Book of Common Prayer --a book I never even heard of until I was in college. I'm vaguely jealous of her familiarity [...]

What is your heart full of?

By |2018-03-02T16:35:18-06:00March 25th, 2015|

Garbage in, garbage out. This is true in business, in computer programing, in living. It's true of our heart, mind, and soul. So the question becomes: what are you putting into your mind? What do [...]

On my list this year: contentment

By |2014-11-12T00:19:01-06:00November 12th, 2014|

The onslaught is building, slowly but surely. You're already seeing and hearing ads for the holiday shopping season, reminding you that even though Thanksgiving is more than two weeks away, it's time to think about [...]

How to increase your Bible knowledge

By |2018-03-02T16:39:51-06:00November 3rd, 2014|

Have you ever sat in church listening to a sermon, and the pastor says something like, "Well, in the original language, the word in this passage meant..."--and kind of felt a sort of longing, or [...]

Let the Word minister to you

By |2018-03-02T16:44:42-06:00October 25th, 2012|

As the early morning light filters through the trees in my back yard, the morning glories along the deck railing lift their faces. I sit, open Bible and journal before me. The birds twitter a [...]

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