Gracious

One of my favorite lines from the theater comes from The Man of La Mancha. In the play, Don Quijote has this habit of treating people better than some think they deserve to be treated. One of those people is Aldonza, a woman who’s been roughed up by life and become rather coarse and cynical along the way. Don Quijote, though, sees her as his fair lady Dulcinea, and he shows her all the honor and d…

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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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Where Did the Bible Come From?

I have a black leather bound Bible that I purchased at the Family Christian Book Store, and it goes with me everywhere I go. It’s in my messenger bag when I go to work. It’s in my backpack when I’m at school. It waits for me every morning at my kitchen table for my morning readings (more on this later). For as much as I am a tech geek, I never got next to reading my Bible on a screen. For some reaso…

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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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