How to Survive 2020 and The Years to Come

I know, I know, December is a little late for a post on how to survive 2020. After all, we are almost at the finish line! Soon we will be able to chalk this whole year up to hindsight. Get it? However, at much as we wish it were true, there is nothing magical aboutContinue reading “How to Survive 2020 and The Years to Come”

Slow Down

I recently finished John Mark Comer’s book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Let me put it this way . . . Don’t read this book unless you are ready to be convicted. (How’s that for an endorsement?) Seriously, though Comer writes with an engaging and even playful tone, the weight of what he is sayingContinue reading “Slow Down”

How to Change the World

In my younger days, like most young men and women, I dreamt of doing BIG things to change the world. I wanted to lead mass revivals for the cause of Christ, tear down idols, storm castles, and break down the gates of hell itself. That righteous angst that is so much a part of youthContinue reading “How to Change the World”

Check the Fruit

Do you ever watch people try to pick fruit at the grocery store or the farmer’s market? They will squeeze and sniff and turn the fruit over and over looking for the slightest imperfections. Or maybe they will thump the rind in order to divine the freshest melon. People are so very picky about theContinue reading “Check the Fruit”

Know Thyself

Let’s just say it. The world has gone nuts. Maybe it was always this nuts, but with a camera in everyone’s hands, we have the ability the view just how nuts things truly are. It is quite embarrassing how many public freakouts and confrontations are taking place all over the United States and the restContinue reading “Know Thyself”

Self-Compassion

One of the hardest lessons I have learned about mindfulness meditation is the need for self-compassion and self-kindness. Maybe I am alone in this particular form of craziness, but the first time I read those words, I cringed. Why? Because I know that I am a sinful human being. I have a history of addiction.Continue reading “Self-Compassion”

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

Growing up, one of my wife’s favorite board games was Payday. Awhile back, she found a copy of this game and asked the boy and me to play it. Basically, you go through three months of paying bills while trying to get enough income to have something left over at the end of the game.Continue reading “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus”

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”

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”