The Pilgrim’s Journey

Lately I’ve been reading, thinking and writing about the spiritual maturation process in the second half of life (SHOL). Underneath the discussion lies a fundamental question: why make the effort? If you’ve walked with the Lord for a while, your … Continue reading

What’s on Your Spiritual Bucket List?

For the first twenty, thirty years of adulthood, life’s potential fans out to a limitless horizon. Your body still does what you tell it to do, and life’s vagaries haven’t rung your doorbell yet. The list of what you can … Continue reading

Is the Church a Hospital, a Museum, or Both?

“Church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.”  Morton Kelsey Brennan Manning cites this familiar quotation in The Ragamuffin Gospel, where he expounds on the need for humility in order to receive the amazing grace offered … Continue reading

Walking in the Apostle Paul’s Footsteps in Greece

For two weeks I walked on the same Roman roads where Paul walked, cruised the Aegean Sea where Paul sailed, and island-hopped to the locations I normally skim over when reading the book of Acts. For two weeks I followed the … Continue reading

Is God looking for heroes to change the world?

I used to think God wanted heroes.  Now I think he’s looking for something else. I need more fingers and toes to count the sermons I’ve heard on the better-known heroes in the Bible.  Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Deborah, … Continue reading

Creating space for spiritual seeking and seekers – what would you recommend?

Imagine you’re sitting for the final exam in your seminary class on evangelism. One of the questions for the essay portion of the test is the following: Develop a plan for a year-round retreat center, and formulate a general outline … Continue reading

“Pray Until You Pray”. Huh?

In last week’s introductory class to American Church History, the professor shared some life-shaping advice he received from his pastor as a young adult — “Pray until you pray.”  My initial response was, “Huh?”  Then I heard the wisdom hidden … Continue reading

Transformation and Positive Change: Two Movies Show It Well

Frigid weather with sub-zero temps, the snow machine stuck “on”, and evenings where darkness sets in early are prime conditions for hunkering down and watching movies.  Add Netflix streaming available in front of my couch, multiple releases in theaters I … Continue reading

Paper and Pens, Tools for Dinosaurs?

I am finicky about the paper and pens I use.  Really finicky. My strong preferences for writing materials surfaced in college when I routinely used a refillable blue Paper Mate “click” pen to take notes in class.  The point had … Continue reading