Spiritual Life

Following Jesus, according to the Letter or the Spirit?

I work and move within church circles and find that most of the people I meet there are honest, committed, and for the...

God is always richer than our concepts and language

G.K. Chesterton once said that one of the reasons he believed in Christianity was because of its belief in the trinity. If...

Literal explanations of Scripture come up short

Before Henri Nouwen wrote the book that became his signature work, “Return of the Prodigal Son,” he went to The Hermitage museum in Russia...

God can be experienced, but never captured

God’s ways are not our ways! There is more truth to that than we normally think. God is ineffable. What that means is...

Loving as Jesus did, beyond naiveté and romance

Several years ago, a Presbyterian minister I know challenged his congregation to open its doors and its heart more fully to the poor....

Turning inner chaos into a peaceful garden

Almost all spiritualities have a special place for deserts, wilderness, and other such places where we are unprotected and in danger from...

Life and love are precious, on both sides of eternity

When I was 22 years old, a seminarian, I was privileged to have a unique kind of desert experience. I sat with my...

Excess enters, enjoyment departs, as does freedom

Eighty-five years ago, G. K. Chesterton looked at his society and saw some things that disturbed him. Here's his comment: There comes...

Things hidden from the learned and the clever

I’ve lived and worked within academic circles for most of my adult life, studying in various universities, teaching within university circles, and...

God puts us on this earth not just for leisure

The past several weeks have been some of the most pressured weeks in my life. I have been trying to balance the pressures...
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