Take Heart

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since … More Take Heart

Much Love

I am continuing my readings from the book, Devotional Classics edited by Richard Foster and this week have struggled through the passage from Julian of Norwich. She is an English Mystic from the 1300’s and her experiences have been, for me, hard to understand. However, she has some great perspective on God’s love for us … More Much Love

Prayer Stinks

Or rather, I stink at prayer.  I have been reading Thomas Merton from the book, Devotional Classics and it has enlightened me of how poor my prayer life truly is.  I pray. I journal.  I read (and read and read.)  If you ask my wife, she may tell you I read too much…  But still, … More Prayer Stinks

Priestly People

I came across this quote from Barbara Brown Taylor, in Pastor; The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, and I thought it a fitting discussion of the state of ministry in many churches.  Who does ministry?  Is it the pastor alone, or is there something more intended when Jesus said to “Love your neighbor as … More Priestly People

Complete Surrender

Why do I do what I don’t want to do and why can’t I do what I want to do?  Augustine in his Confessions wrestled with this very fact.   He realized, as did Paul, that "my action did not come from me but from the sinful principle that dwells in me (Rom 7:17)."  Augustine also … More Complete Surrender