Learn to read the Bible S l o w l y

In our Praxis series, last week we studied biblical meditation (or “Rumination.”) This Sunday we learned and practiced an old/new way to listen to God through the Scriptures. Also called Lectio Divina – or – Sacred Reading, our community found it to be a deeply worshipful and personal encounter with the Lord. The outline is below […]

Why we have to learn how to Ruminate!

When I started blogging several years ago, I chose the title Ruminations. It’s still in the subtitle. It’s not just a graphic term for bovine digestion. It was adopted early in the church as a metaphor for the essential discipline of meditation. It means internalizing and assimilating the truth of God (specifically from Holy Scripture) into […]

The Why (and How) of Solitude + Silence

Our Executive Pastor, Neil Botts, just preached on “Loving Others Better Through Solitude and Silence.” Inspiring and intensely practical! You can listen here. Be sure to download his great resource, Practical Steps into Solitude and Silence.  Here is a summary from Neil… We are bombarded daily with the demands and expectations to be “productive” whether at work […]

‘Acedia’ – the Danger of Spiritual Apathy

This sermon in our Praxis series begins with a pastoral statement I made re: the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. You can listen to the entire sermon here. I also am including the written version of the statement as some have requested. It was helpful for many and I trust it will continue to set […]

The Helper has arrived!

Our series on the Holy Spirit, Fresh Air, is exploring different images the Scriptures use to describe the third Person of the Trinity. In John’s Gospel, chapters 13-16 (the Upper Room Discourse) Jesus, on four occasions, announces the coming of the Paraclete. This word literally means, “One called alongside to help.” (connect to the sermon here.) The sermon details […]

Breathe!

The person of the Holy Spirit has been called the “neglected” member of the Trinity! (God doesn’t suffer from neglect – we suffer from neglecting!) The Spirit is described in many wonderful and vivid images, using all the senses – things we know best by experience rather than explanation: *the force of wind, *the intimacy of breathing; *the instincts of a […]

A Rage Against Ageism

Today I led a forum over lunch with more than 40 of our wonderful seniors at Christ Church. The presentation and discussion was called, Flourishing in the Fourth Quarter. We discussed healthy attitudes toward aging and God’s pushback against the cultural voice that says “aging equals diminishment.” (more of the content in a later blogpost) […]

Beauty Will Save the World! (An Essay on Discipleship & the Arts)

This year, the week before Easter was our first Celebration of the Arts at Christ Church. Our building was filled with paintings and other artistic works, a wall and a book of poetry, a cafe night of music and readings, and a forum we called Beauty Will Save the World: Christian Discipleship and the Arts. I now post this opening […]