Learning language is a spiritual discipline

Sep 14, 2017 by

We were invited by Swiss friends to eat in an exclusive restaurant during our last weekend in Switzerland. As we got settled around the table, my friend asked me: “Are you comfortable with speaking Swiss...

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Understanding spiritual disciplines

Sep 16, 2016 by

One semester in seminary, I had to take a class on the spiritual disciplines. Over the course of the semester, I had to regularly engage in historical and traditional aspects of the Christian faith. There were...

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You are what you love

Sep 12, 2016 by

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Jesus said (Matt. 6:21). In the book You Are What You Love, James K.A. Smith argues that we humans are not merely minds with bodies attached for...

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What’s missing in church — discipleship

May 27, 2016 by

According to missional leader Mike Breen, a disciple is someone who is learning to have the character and the competency of Jesus. It’s about faithfulness and fruit. Or as Dallas Willard once described it:...

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Faith and straight lines

Feb 12, 2015 by

When I was young, faith often seemed to be about straight lines. Right/wrong. Do/don’t. Pure/impure. In/out. Faith/doubt. Virtue/sin. Blessed/cursed. Victorious/suffering. Innocent/guilty. Saved/damned. The...

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Spiritual disciplines from Old Order Anabaptists

Aug 27, 2013 by

The first time I ever heard Mennonites singing in four-part harmony all the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, and I burst into tears. I was in a tiny, white, clapboard church in the countryside of...

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