If you have ever had a child in surgery, a wife in labor, or awaited a doctor’s diagnosis then you know how difficult it can be to wait. To be given a task, even a menial one, is a great mercy. This process of spiritual transformation that happens “little by little” (Ex. 23:30) requires a great … Read more about Things to do while we wait…
This morning during my Bible study, this particular verse stood out to me: “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what is is, because the Day will bring it into light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will … Read more about On becoming less dragonish…
Because I have a background in both education and special education, I think of our growing faith as a developmental process. Scripture says that “the prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) If I have a serious prayer need, I want mature people interceding for me. I … Read more about Growing up spiritually
In the third Harry Potter book, Professor Lupin describes dementors to Harry: “Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infrest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope and happiness out of the air around them. Even muggles … Read more about Expecto Patronum!
I never understood the role of the spiritual disciplines until I read Richard Foster’s book, “Celebration of Discipline”. Foster describes their transforming work by comparing the disciplines to a narrow path with a chasm on the right and on the left: “The chasm to the right is the way of … Read more about A narrow path to transformation
Nobody likes to feel remorse, but it is a necessary part of the healing process. When God was freeing me from my addiction, the Holy spirit would bring people to mind that I had hurt. The situation would pass through my mind quickly and I would feel a deep sense of regret. The more I grew … Read more about My friend remorse
I think I have mentioned that I am a teacher, so I love Dallas Willard’s description of a “Curriculum for Christlikeness”. This implies that there are things that I need to learn and understand to grow in my faith and become more like Jesus. “If anyone is to love God and have his or her life … Read more about On the spiritual disciplines
When I was in college, my mother became terminally ill. She and I began to pray for healing in the most misguided fashion. I know that God heals, but my mother and I were practicing a tainted theology that was popular at that time of claiming anything we wanted in Christ, and if we believed it … Read more about Living our faith…”whatever that may be”