This post first appeared in “Ministry Matters” under the title: “Discernment: it’s not just pointing at random verses” on Medium.com Whenever we aspire to live the Christian life with any intentionality, an inevitable question arises. How do I know what God wants me to do? How do I know I am making the right decisions? … More The Way of Discernment
In December of 2019, the Seattle Times noted that sales of daily planners and organizers rose to a whopping revenue of $386 million. And this was just for the planners themselves – the books of blank pages and organizational spaces. Sales of planner accessories is a whole other matter. The stickers, the insets, the bookmarks … More A Rule of Life: A Happy-Plan for Christian Living
A few months ago, I wrote a blog entitled “When Words Speak”, which detailed five books that helped inform my faith. It was a pleasure to go through my library and note the books to which I continually return. The spiritual lessons I gleaned from their pages have largely shaped the outward expression of my … More Take up and Read: Exploring Spiritual Reading
The Desert Fathers and Mothers have been a continuous wealth of spiritual knowledge and insight, their teachings passed down in various volumes and compendiums. One lesson has been particularly popularized. As the story goes; a monastic brother went to Abba Moses and asked for a word of advice regarding the cultivation of a robust spiritual … More Away and Towards: Cultivating Solitude in a time of Isolation
This article first appeared as an article for The Anglican Church of Canada at https://medium.com/ministrymatters/discovering-lament-why-crying-out-to-god-may-be-good-for-our-souls-23cf60ccfe3a. While out for a walk with my family the other day, we came across another family, also out for a stroll. Mom and Dad were following their two small daughters, each on bright pink bikes with streamers. As we approached … More Lamentations: Recovering a forgotten discipline.
The English poet and Anglican priest, John Donne, once penned that ‘No man [sic] is an island, entire unto itself; every man [sic] is piece of the continent.’ In this phrase, Donne is highlight an important reality for our lives; we exist amid a myriad of relationships. In fact, if we look at scripture, we … More Toward a Common Spiritual Life: Morning Prayer
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, heralding the beginning of Lent. Typically, this liturgical season involves adopting a devotional activity to mark one’s observance. Often, this involves some type of fasting. We ‘give-up’ something for the 40 days of Lent. What are we to give up? Well, that’s the question. Too easily does Lent become a time … More Is Lent really just about treats?
Let me begin with a question: What is the goal of the Christian life? What does committing one’s self to Jesus point us toward? The possible answers are numerous. Some could say ‘Worship’; the Christian life is to be a life of perpetual praise to God. Others might say ‘Heaven’; the Christian life here on … More Have we misunderstood the Church?
I just finished my last essay for my doctoral course called ‘Engaging Scriptures.’ This course was a look at the practice of Scripture contemplation as a means of Spiritual transformation. Being someone that highly values the practice of lectio divina, this was a course I very much enjoyed. Did you know that you can understand … More Lectio and Liturgy
Last week a friend of mine shared a blog on his Facebook page about the discipline of Lectio Divina. The blog was called “Is Lectio Divina really dangerous?” The blog was written by Mark Moore and was a wonderful affirmation of this discipline. Moore wrote the blog in response to another blog, written by Tim … More The danger of Lectio Divina: My Response