Faith and Magic

The Harry Potter novels, and other stories of their kind, have been hugely popular for lots of reasons: they’re well written, the characters are engaging, the plots are compelling, and they invite people into all sorts of fantasies and adventures. And not least, in the center of it all is the perennial appeal of magic. Magic is fascinating because it has to do with power and control. Harry and h…

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Transformed through Study

Perhaps, it is that unplanned moment that best describes the true spiritual discipline of study. It is the heart inclined toward God saying: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Brad Dudley, 3, “The Spiritual Discipline of Study”) For many the idea of study conjures up unpleasant and boring things like slo…

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Restless Hearts Transformed By Prayer

Last week’s post explored our need to be transformed by God’s love, and the ways in which spiritual disciplines are avenues that lead to this transformation. For the next several weeks we will delve into several specific disciplines. Today: the spiritual discipline of prayer. Consider something that Frederick Buechner wrote: We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fal…

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Transformed Within to Transform the World

“Our world is hungry for genuinely changed people. Leo Tolstoy observes, ‘Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.’ Let us be among those who believe that the inner transformation of our lives is a goal worthy of our best effort.” (Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, p. 11) Throughout his ministry Richard Foster has cared deeply about helping Christians to enha…

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