Christianity and the Strengthening of the Emotional Life

I have a very complex (and often stormy!) emotional life. Laughter, tears, and deep longing… all of that can happen in the first 15 minutes of my day. It can be exhilarating… and exhausting. Over the years I have found that the life of self-discipline which Christianity entails is a…

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Entering Silence

What is the role of solitude and silence in our efforts to follow the living Christ who leads us by his Spirit into the future the Father dreams for us? For me, those twin disciplines have been indispensable. Through them, the Lord has–time and time again–enabled me to see what…

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Good Death

I sat beside the bedside of an 84 year old woman who is maybe days, perhaps even hours, away from her death. Dorothy is her name. I didn’t know her personally until yesterday. Her son attended our church in Denver and when his mom took a turn for the worst,…

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From Fixing to Following

There is a story told in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. A group of old men came to see Abba Anthony, in the midst of whom was a man named Abba Joseph. Abba Anthony wanted to test them, so he suggested a text of Scripture and asked each one…

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“There is literally nothing else”

Last fall was one of the strangest periods of my life. About halfway through a three month sabbatical our church in Denver (Bloom) had provided us over the summer, we discerned the Lord calling us to lay down that ministry, which we had lovingly and painstakingly built over seven years,…

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