Spiritual And Religious

One of the great clichés of our day is the claim to be spiritual but not religious. But “spiritual” is a highly elastic term, so it’s fair to ask people what they mean by spirituality when they say that. Often the short answer is, “I don’t like organized religion.” If you press a bit, you may hear the standard complaints: church is boring; religious people are hypocrites; you don’t need dogma to believe in God…

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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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What is the Bible

All Scripture is God-Breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV When I grew up in a youth group, every conference or event we went to would inevitably have a speaker who would bang his or her fist on the pulpit and demand that we young people read the…

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Finding God

Skeptics like to say that it’s irrational to believe in an invisible God, but that’s always struck me as a rather silly claim. It suggests that God ought to be visible in the way that clouds and cabbages are visible, but why should we expect to see God directly? Wouldn’t that make God just another object in the universe, when God is not a thing but the source of all things? We humans have a habit of se…

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Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (Psalm 146:1-2) A few days ago a couple of friends and I got together to play music. We had been a band for a long time, and then took a break when we all started getting jobs and having families and other time consuming life events. But for one Saturday we gathered…

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