Does church help us live like Jesus?

By |2018-03-02T16:39:03-06:00January 12th, 2015|

It’s Monday. How was church yesterday (if you went)? What, if anything, did you learn or discover while investing an hour or two in your local church? Did going to church yesterday help you to [...]

Always Trust Your Story

By |2018-03-02T16:45:00-06:00October 16th, 2012|

“When you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention.” ----Frederick Beuchner Plowing through Facebook updates, I scroll quickly past political diatribe, cat meme, prayer requests from [...]

Spiritual healing

By |2018-03-02T16:45:19-06:00October 6th, 2012|

Do you want to be well? Do you live as if you do? Because we do not drift into wellness--physical, spiritual or otherwise. The fifth chapter of John's gospel opens with a jarring story. Jesus [...]

Cairns, continued…

By |2018-03-02T16:46:07-06:00September 10th, 2012|

Day 2 (Last week, I wrote about cairns, the small piles of rock used to mark hiking trails. The cairns provided a metaphor for spiritual truth, and also gave me a clear picture of some [...]

Building endurance for a joyful adventure

By |2018-03-02T18:56:22-06:00September 3rd, 2012|

My daughter and I plunge into the shallow flowing stream, walking sticks in hand. After a one mile walk up a relatively easy paved path, we reach the trail head for the Narrows, a canyon in [...]

Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity

By |2018-03-02T18:56:58-06:00August 3rd, 2012|

Hey, it's Free Book Friday. Because we're focusing on Sabbath this month (although Living in Sabbath Simplicity is a topic we discuss frequently here), here's an excerpt from my book Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity, [...]

The spiritual practice of hospitality

By |2018-03-02T18:58:07-06:00April 24th, 2012|

Parsnips, a humble root vegetable, wait calm on a cutting board. A blue-collar veggie, they oddly resemble the gnarled and always slightly dirty digits of a day laborer. Slowly I scrape away the earthy/auburn skin [...]

Win a copy of Deeper into the Word

By |2018-03-02T18:59:11-06:00November 29th, 2011|

My newest book, Deeper into the Word: Reflections on 100 Old Testament Words, is now in stores. It's been described as "a devotional that helps calm the spirit, enlighten the mind,and provide food for the [...]

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