Here are a few things that I have learned about how to stay motivated to keep running or walking.
Today I join with Christians around the world in giving thanks for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a faithful and courageous servant of Christ who died on this day for his part in a resistance movement against the Nazis.
Remembering with Gratitude the Birthday I Spent in the Holy Land
Reading this reflection was a true blessing for me, and I think that it will be for all who feel “spiritually weary.”
I don’t always “feel” spiritual.
Whatever that means.
Not only that, sometimes I feel positively unspiritual.
Again, whatever that means.
But maybe you can relate. You pray, but it feels like you’re talking to yourself. You read Scripture, but nothing springs out of the text as a joyful surprise or as a source of conviction. You go to church week after week, but wonder, “Is this it?” Your faith and church just doesn’t seem to be working for you like it once did.
I think if we’re honest, we all experience this sort of thing as Christians. Though possibly in different degrees. For some, the experience feels spiritually debilitating. Others have a short season of the spiritual blues.
There’s a word for this: Blah. Or maybe malaise. At more serious times, melancholy. It feels like God is absent. Theologically, it’s called by some “a dark night of…
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Today I join with many Christians in giving thanks for Oscar Romero, Bishop of El Salvador, a faithful and courageous servant of Christ who was assassinated on this day while celebrating Mass. Here are a few of my favorite quotes of his.
It was a year ago this week that it all began - the pandemic which has changed so much in our world. I thought I would just share a few of my memories here, as a way of processing that week, and preserving its memory.
Learning Self-Care from Jesus: Eight Ways Jesus Cared for Himself and Taught Us to Do the Same
Sitting still among the trees, all our stirring becomes quiet. We can hear our song at last, and sing it. Here is a reflection on Wendell Berry's poem, "I Go Among Trees."
Here is a very interesting reflection on the festival of Purim, which begins this evening at sunset, and its connection to our Christian lives. I found it very thought-provoking, and I think you will, too.
I posted this last year at Purim 2020 – I think it still has some useful ideas for Christian appreciation of the festival and I have enjoyed looking over the material again. Enjoy! 🙂
In the next day or two, Jewish communities around the world will celebrate Purim. The origins of this joyous festival are found in the book of Esther. And while neither Esther nor Purim are particularly well-known by contemporary Christians; as a festival with a biblical foundation, I would like to suggest that there is much to be gained by Christians reflecting upon Purim. This, I believe is particularly true as we journey through the season of Lent and look towards Easter.
The book of Esther tells us why the Purim festival is observed annually. Purim is at the very centre of the book, and indeed, the reading of the Esther story in its entirety forms a…
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"Bright sadness is the true message and gift of Lent." - Alexander Schmemann