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

When Surrender Means Winning

Surrender.  My mental image is a white flag. It is the universal symbol for surrender and signifies the desire for a truce. Woven into the fabric is a connotation of weakness, frailty, quitting, losing, of giving up the fight.  Those … 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

What’s Your Response to the “I Am” Statements in John?

One of the distinguishing characteristics of John’s gospel as compared to the Synoptics (the gospels written by Matthew, Mark and Luke), is the Evangelist’s use of eight quotations of Jesus in the form of “I am” statements. In seven of … 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

“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