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

Batteries Weren’t Included – the Missing Piece

Sermons I heard on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount did little to clear up the already present muddle in my adolescent brain. I grasped the concept of rules, guidelines and high standards and understood the expectation of perfection, that was … Continue reading

Bruised Shins from Stumbling Over Building Blocks of Faith

One evidence of the past three years of seminary study is bruised shins.  Instead of a brain filled with ready-made answers to life’s toughest questions, my hands are regularly on the ground and my knees are bent as I stumble … 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

Blessings Discovered in My First Liturgical Advent

Previously I wrote about my journey from a conservative Baptist background toward a liturgical church.  For the past six months, I have been attending an evangelical Anglican church, and this December was my first “official” observance of Advent. My previous … Continue reading

Humility at New Heights

The slight disorientation I felt at the Colorado Springs airport when the plane landed grew steadily worse as we drove up to the mountain to our vacation destination at an elevation of 8,500 feet. I barely noticed the breathtaking scenery … Continue reading

Going Where You Never Thought You Would

Attracted to something you never guessed you would be?  I am feeling the pull now. I attended a Baptist church throughout my junior and senior high years. This church emphasized Bible study, altar calls, baptism, and sending missionaries around the … Continue reading

Book Clubs: Bonus When Multiple Voices Read Same Text

I’ve spent three years in a couple’s book club and so appreciate the multiplicity of voices and respect each participant’s perspective and their ears.  Each person hears the author’s voice slightly differently, and the text becomes grander and richer through … Continue reading

Writing about Suffering Can Get You Down – and Lift You Up

To complete the Capstone paper requirement for the Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree program, I wrote a 40+ page paper on the subject of suffering and sanctification.  Yes, it was and is a heavy subject, but one I … Continue reading

The Accepted Addiction: Busyness Pt. 2

Previously I wrote how a week-long illness sparked a period of reflection in my life.  I had adopted a BUSY lifestyle and found it wanting and damaging, not fulfilling.  I decided to make changes. I started with changes to my … Continue reading