The great sociologist of religion, Max Weber, placed the religious life between the poles of charisma and routine, between the spontaneous, excited outpouring of new life in the spirit and the dogged institutionalization of truth in everyday responsibilities. The mature life of faith is … [Read More...]
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I've heard a few stories of loss this week. No deaths or anything that would make the church bulletin prayer list, really -- just more of your everyday, behind-the-scenes, run-of-the-mill kinds of loss. Loss of friendships. Loss of psychological bearings in a new season of life. Loss of … [Read More...]
This may come as a surprise to you (I know it definitely has to me!), but the longer I walk down the path toward God, the more drawn I am to already-written prayers. I find such ease in just reading, such comfort in finding my own feelings and thoughts already amply expressed, such unity in knowing … [Read More...]
...if you let God have influence over what it is that you want. I don't think I'm alone in my insatiable desire for more. I think all of us have some discontentment, idealism, or longing -- whatever you want to call it. We just have it for different things. Some of us can't get enough money to buy … [Read More...]
Yes, I need pastoring. But it's not what you think. First, let me say that I think overall we've done a grave disservice to the title and meaning of "pastor." Because when I say "pastor," don't you automatically only think of people who work at church buildings and deliver sermons on Sunday … [Read More...]
I have developed a bit of a habit of beginning my work day with just a few minutes of quiet. The more difficult my work, the more consistent I seem to be. Hm. Anyway, the few minutes of quiet are usually composed of something like read-praying, or pray-reading. (I'm not sure which.) I find myself … [Read More...]