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Spirituality

Have you crafted a rule for life? Like a trellis supporting the growth of a plant, it helps determine the direction you go and fosters intentionality for achieving specific goals. Here’s how to do it. […] Read More

While signs abound that many churches are in a state of decline, a way forward exists. Churches can survive and prosper in the days ahead. Here are 4 strategies that will help. […] Read More

The story of Jesus in the house of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) is a short, but rich, narrative about two sides of Christian discipleship. You know the one – Martha banging pots, rattling dishes and cutlery, checking oven, swearing at the beeping microwave, piling everything in the dishwasher, trying to set a table while […] Read More

Between 1993 and 2006, I participated in many conferences in Europe. The location of these meetings offered me the opportunity to experience something of the life of diverse monastic communities on the continent, which I found to be profoundly enriching. On the occasions when I attended meetings in Annecy, France, I was able to join […] Read More

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m spiritual but not religious?” Oprah loves to say it on her network. Church folks love to write books about it. It’s the number-one excuse in certain parts of our world as to why folks have decided not to come to church anymore. For me, it’s a […] Read More

It pays to be spiritual. That is the conclusion reached by researchers Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath. In an opinion piece in the Sunday Review of the New York Times, they outlined factors that benefit or hinder employee productivity. At first glance, the numbers are dismal: A majority of workers in the United States and […] Read More

Not many Americans know about him, but Nishida Tenko was an outstanding man who deserves to be known and appreciated more widely. He died 45 years ago on Feb. 29, 1968, at the age of 96. Even though I never had the privilege of meeting him personally, I have very fond memories of the days […] Read More

“What’s the point? Why am I here? Can we possibly be on our own?” Many have these kinds of questions about the nature of life – and now there is a new resource to help explore them in a Christian context. “Question” is a stylishly filmed new DVD for Christians wanting a tool to explore […] Read More

The new spirituality collapses the space between football and faith, according to Ray Waddle, the former religion editor at the Tennessean, who still contributes two columns each month to the paper. Ray and I arrived in Nashville about the same time – only a few months apart in the mid-1980s. Ray is as insightful now […] Read More

Some public health expert Jesus turns out to be! Ye gads, he doesn’t think it’s important to wash your hands before a meal. My mother, of blessed memory, would not be pleased. She would, however, have been quick to note that it was not Jesus himself who was guilty of breaking those public health rules […] Read More