17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 […]Read more "Liberty and Recovery"
In his book, 7 habits of Highly Effective People (reviewed here), Stephen Covey talks about becoming principle centered. I speak of becoming Word centered. The diagram below explains what happens when anything becomes the center of our lives, the object of our worship. Whatever lies at the center of our lives influences our guidance, security, wisdom, […]Read more "Addiction and Worship"
When most of us hear the word habit we think of smoking or picking your nose or biting your nails. However, habit is a much deeper category. In his book, Addiction and Virtue, Kent Dunnington argues that addiction is best explained by the category of habit than choice or disease. He follows Aristotle’s and Aquinas’ description of habit to […]Read more "Addiction as Habit"
Here Willard brilliantly discusses the following: the difference between knowledge, belief, commitment and profession the major questions of life: what is reality? who is well-off or blessed? who is a truly good person? how does one become a truly good person? the disappearance of moral knowledge from our institutions of higher education and religion the […]Read more "Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge"
I believe there is a difference between being a church that serves the poor and being a poor church that serves the community. You can’t become the latter until you transition through the former. If your goal is to be the kind of church that is comprised of the marginalized, the poor, the disenfranchised, the […]Read more "Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker"
Eugene Peterson should be among the voices from whom every pastor seeks wisdom. In The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, Peterson redefines the term pastor, gives insight into the invisible aspect of the pastor’s role, and offers the pastor examples of how the word can be made flesh anew through preaching […]Read more "The Contemplative Pastor: A Return to the Art of Spiritual Direction"
Sustainable living is all the rage these days. I am building a chicken coop in our back yard for my wife. This means I have made a lot of trips to Home Depot and they lways ask, “What are you building?” When I tell them they are surprised and say something like, “Everyone’s building chicken […]Read more "Sustainable Youth Ministry"