No Sad Faces

Let’s talk about fasting. Fasting as a spiritual discipline so often connotes not eating some or all food for an extended period of time. While fasting certainly can, and often does, involve reduced food intake that is not always the case, nor is that the reason for fasting. So, let’s talk about fasting: why we do it, not what it often involves. Fasting, as a spiritual discipline, is about sel…

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Clenched Fists and Open Arms

Where could I go to get away from your spirit? Where could I go to escape your presence?  God, your plans are incomprehensible to me! Their total number is countless!  If I tried to count them—they outnumber grains of sand! If I came to the very end—I'd still be with you. Psalm 139:7, 17-18 (CEB) Have you ever been anxious or frustrated about something and without realizing it your body became tense…

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How to sound Christian for fun and profit (Cassandra Millis)

“Not mine, but thine.” I remember using this phrase in one of the most nervous conditions of my life. I was interviewing at my dream college and desperately wanted to make not only a good impression, but a godly impression. (Seeing as it was an Evangelical Liberal Arts school. That advice might not work everywhere else.) When asked what book I had read most recently I quipped, “Is it nerdy to sa…

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Vulnerable Hearts

Writing about reading the scripture, Benedictine Sister, Macrina Wiederkehr said: “Read with a vulnerable heart. Expect to be blessed in the reading. Read as one awake, one waiting for the beloved. Read with reverence.” When you open the bible and begin to read, what do you expect to happen? Do you expect to be blessed by the words? Do you expect to hear God’s voice guiding you, comforting you, chall…

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Make Like a Tree: Timber

This is the fifth post in a 5-post series entitled, “Make Like a Tree.” Feel free to check out each of the posts! The word legacy shows up with some frequency in our world, though I’m not sure that it gets the respect that it should. In my experience, legacy is something of a concern for many of us; what we are going to leave behind when we are gone is on the forefront of many of our minds. This is, i…

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