August 28, 2016

Damaris Zehner: At the Mercy of an Undisciplined Mind

At the Mercy of an Undisciplined Mind By Damaris Zehner Have you ever sat in church with your mind a hundred miles away?  You look out the window and think about what you need to do in the yard when you go home.  You stare at the outrageous hairdo of the woman in the pew […]

Another Look: Paul’s Disappointing Approach to the Christian Life

 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. • 1Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT) • • • This may be […]

Another Look: I can’t get no…

Dallas Willard once wrote: “It is spiritually formative to be dissatisfied and unable to resolve it.” Hmm. Read that again. Slowly. Again. Now let’s talk. My first thought is, I am not sure I have ever been anything other than “dissatisfied.” How about you? For people my age, dissatisfaction, restlessness, and ennui came as natural as breathing. […]

Another Look: How the Bible Works in Our Lives Today

Today we take another look at a post from 2013 about how I think Scripture “works” in our lives today — we who live so far removed from the events it records and who live in a vastly different time and culture. • • • First of all, we must be willing to recognize that anyone who begins […]

Supernaturally Natural

Early in my adult life, I listened to teaching from a Bible teacher who used to say that God made us to live “supernaturally natural” lives. I’ve always liked that phrase. To all appearances, and in truth, those who follow Jesus are no different from anyone else in the world. However, God’s declaration that “Christ […]

Another Look: Seasons and Paths of Formation

Little children, I’m writing to you because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus’ name. Parents, I’m writing to you because you have known the one who has existed from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you have conquered the evil one. Little children, I write to you because you know the Father. Parents, […]

Best of Michael Spencer: When I Am Weak

Note from CM: Yesterday, we marked the sixth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death. Today I want to share my favorite Michael Spencer essay. An eloquent expression of the Christian life as viewed through the theology of the cross, this post represents Michael at his most honest and transparent. This perspective helped me move toward practicing my […]

Another Look: Redefining Greatness

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first […]

Essential Practices: Praying the Psalms

Essential Practices One: Praying the Psalms It seems to me that there are some essential practices that attend our faith as Christians. By saying that, I do not wish to imply, or get into an argument about, whether they are obligatory or not. In some senses I think they are, and in others not. All I’m […]

Damaris Zehner: Our Addiction

Our Addiction By Damaris Zehner I once asked a recovering alcoholic why he had begun to drink to excess.  “It dulled the edges of things,” he said;  “anxiety about whether I was going to succeed at something or live up to my potential (I hated that phrase), depression about what I saw as failure – […]