Countless life-long Christians struggle to live out their faith in a deep way. We are not not talking about new Christians, or marginal Christians. These are seasoned Christian people who sit in the pews week in, and week out. They serve in ministry; they attend Bible studies or book clubs; they belong to fellowship groups. In many instances they have grown up in the church. Yet secretly they question why their experience of faith does not match the reality they hear proclaimed through sermons, or articulated in books. This internal question, often unexpressed, leads to years of frustration in their spiritual lives.
Happily, it doesn’t have to be like that. Internal feelings of frustration, sometimes guilt, over our spiritual progress (or lack thereof) is not something we have to settle for. The experiences of faith – response in prayer, healing, fellowship in the Holy Spirit, hearing God, knowing Jesus – can actually be realized in our lives! What is more, uncovering this reality is not as difficult or arduous as it may sound.
Here are some of the things I have been thinking about:
My Latest Reflections
Sometimes it pays to be bold with emails. I have long had a deep affinity for the music of Steve Bell. Not only is he a gifted musician and singer/songwriter, but he also conveys a deep thoughtfulness about the matters of faith. Steve loves the Church, and he loves Christians. He also loves the Psalms. … Continue reading In Conversation with Steve Bell
On Maundy Thursday, 2015, the oncologist told my wife, “I’m recommending chemotherapy. You start next week. Here is the paperwork.” We were dumbfounded. To this day the pit of my stomach drops whenever I think of those words.
The Psalms have become a source of constant inspiration for me. They have informed my prayer-life far more than any liturgical resource or devotional text out there. Within the Psalms I find the language of praise, adoration, and awe-struck worship; I also find the words for when I need to lament, cry, and yell. The … Continue reading A Conversation: with David O. Taylor