The Myth of Certainty

You know how people like to slow down while driving to observe a car crash on the interstate? The term for this is “rubber necking.” There is something about us as humans that we have this desire to witness disasters. I guess that’s why shows like AFV are so popular. Anyway, as you can imagine,Continue reading “The Myth of Certainty”

Will You Go?

The tale of Jonah is one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible. Often it makes for an easy children’s story with all the drama of Jonah’s adventure at sea. We use it to moralize about obedience to God and the dangers of refusing God’s direction. However, Jonah teaches us some deeper, far moreContinue reading “Will You Go?”

Mindfulness and Resting With God

As I continue my series of posts on the Christian mindfulness practices (you can check out the earlier posts here and here), today I want to talk about my favorite form of meditation–Contemplative Prayer. As with Lectio Divina, contemplative prayer took me a long time to wrap my head around. Every time I read orContinue reading “Mindfulness and Resting With God”

Forged in Fire

Lately I have been watching the show Forged in Fire. It is an older show, but it only recently came out on the streaming service I use. In this show, four contestants attempt to forge blades and weapons in a short amount of time to determine who is that episode’s Forged in Fire champion. InContinue reading “Forged in Fire”

The Divine Reading

In a previous post, I wrote about some beginning mediation practices, namely the Body Scan and Breath meditations. Both of these practices are useful for relaxation as well as increasing one’s ability to focus and concentrate. However, there is nothing inherently spiritual about them. A Christian, a Buddhist, and Atheist walk into a bar .Continue reading “The Divine Reading”

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. Meditation covers a wide range of practices used by different religious and non-religious groups. Personally, I define meditation as an “intentional practice of focus and concentration.” This leaves open the questions of “How do we concentrate?” and “On what do we focus?” The answers to these questionsContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Meditation”

Mind Your Brain

Have you ever thought about how you think? Yes, I know that is oddly phrased, but I mean it. As humans, we have this amazing ability to turn our thoughts back on ourselves, to think about our own thoughts. We can even think about our own thought processes. A major part of the practice ofContinue reading “Mind Your Brain”

So Many Questions

This seems to be the season for questions. As the church I serve at is finishing a series on Habakkuk, I have had the privilege of speaking with a couple of individuals who are wrestling with some very hard questions about the Christian faith. If you are unfamiliar, Habakkuk is a Jewish prophet who recordedContinue reading “So Many Questions”

Sins of the Father

The other day I was exploring a video posted by Pete Scazzero from Emotionally Healthy Discipleship on the genogram. Basically, a genogram is like a family tree of dysfunction. You trace out your family tree in order to discern behavioral patterns and beliefs that have influenced your personal dysfunction and destructive behaviors and attitudes. ScazzeroContinue reading “Sins of the Father”

Made for Community

So at John Tischer’s recommendation, I have started reading Core 52 by Mark Moore. In short, Moore takes 52 core passages of scripture that every Christian should know. Each week you spend time reading, meditating, and memorizing one of those core passages and a few others linked to it topically. This week I am onContinue reading “Made for Community”