Grace can only be trusted by an equally graceful human nature. Our work is merely to till the fertile soil, knowing that the Indwelling Spirit has already been planted within, and She is the One who “teaches you all things and reminds you of all things” (John 14:26). Many Christians have tried to pile a positive theology of salvation on top of a very negative anthropology of the human person, and it just does not work. The human self-image is too damaged and distorted within such a framework.
There’s a lot of really bad religion out there. Social media makes this seem even more outrageous. Here are a couple of clues to help sort things out:
Does your faith compel you to become more compassionate towards others, or more embittered?
Do you regularly shake your head as you worry about those (X) people groups doing (Y), or do you see each person as a unique individual human worthy of respect?
It was my idea to attend. Nobody forced me. Why then did I feel like such a spy?
Living daily as if everything around you is representative of constant warfare is a recipe for emotional and mental disaster. Trust me, I've been there.
This is my story of discovering the joys of Christian mindfulness meditation, and a comparison between two comparable but ultimately very different spiritual practices.
Feeling like you've fallen behind on your meditation habit? Overloaded schedule got you feeling anything but mindful? These helpful suggestions will get you revitalized and back on track.
Scholars have long taken notice of the many similarities between Christian moral teachings and Buddhist traditions. Here is a piquant example.
Given how many books, sermons, podcasts, and blog posts have been written about how to "do" church, it's curious how easily we forget some pretty basic stuff smack dab in the heart of Paul's epistles.
A Guest Post by Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History at St. Paul School of Theology
So much of what is going wrong, or right, in the world today comes down to the sum total of wise actions by leaders and their most ardent followers. We could stand to learn a thing or two from Solomon.
Readers frequently ask me questions about mindfulness, meditation, and the relationship between contemplative spiritual practices and Christianity. Here are a few answers.
Insights into the relationship between God’s Presence and David's meditations
An excerpt from Jared White's upcoming book
The Apostle Paul had an attitude. No, not that kind of attitude. This kind of attitude: "May I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Question is, do we share that attitude?
Here's an honest exposé of my inner struggle with the nature of faith in God and the mixed witness of centuries of Christendom.
In this interview with Dave Wilmarth, I discover a world beyond "church-in-a-box" and catch a glimpse of the "treasures of wisdom and knowledge" available to every church member when they follow Jesus as their only leader
Could it be that hippie communes have more in common with Biblical Christianity than CEO-led Fortune 500 corporations?
Often it is not in the events of our lives but in the spaces between them where we encounter the presence of Jesus.
Change can’t be bought or elected. Change happens in your heart.
The popular narrative of science/reason vs. faith/ignorance obscures the reality that faith and science go hand in hand
Be careful who you look up to and what you surround yourself with, for they will influence you whether you realize it or not.
The three things you can do right now to change your life by changing your thinking
Celebrating what's right isn't just a feel-good mind trick. It is a spiritual gateway to a blessed life.
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