The Formula for Spiritual Growth

Most people love a formula. Do this. Do that. And you'll get this. Simple. No mystery. No strain. No unpredictability. We want a formula for dating, marriage, work, community, church, sports, and especially for our spiritual lives. Two cups of Bible. One half teaspoon of sermons. Three tablespoons of unsalted community. Stir in devotional … [Read more...]

Coming to Stillness

Peruse a devotional book in the contemplative stream, and you will often find the initial call of every reading is first the call to “come to stillness.” Coming to stillness seems to be the hurdle of my personal devotion. The tasks of devotion are pleasant enough. Reading the Bible is often enjoyable and productive. The silent reflection I … [Read more...]

Everyday Spirituality

The mystics are onto something. There is another plane to this life, something more than we can see, more than we can fully understand. I think it is right and good to embrace and be shaped by that mystery. But even so, we must be careful to avoid platonizing Christian devotion. There is no high life or low life. The goal of my devotion is not … [Read more...]