This week we learned about and tried our hands at contemplative prayer, from one of the foremost experts on it: Fr. Richard Rohr (in video form). This kind of prayer is not about solving problems, making judgments, answering questions, or processing stresses. It’s about — in Fr. Rohr’s words — “a long, loving look at the Real” of our lives.
Viewing entries in
What’s the difference between bad authority and good authority? Fake news and journalistic integrity? Misappropriation of the Bible and appropriate use of the Bible? It’s the difference between unquestioned authority and interactive authority. Vince unpacks this difference by looking at some personal stories, an episode from the life of Jesus, and the broad brushstrokes of church history.
Jesus has some hard, countercultural-feeling encouragements for people, like "give to anyone who asks" or "give up your status". Should we follow Jesus out of duty or courage? Or, as Jesus himself instructs, should we follow him because he has our good health in mind? Isn't that a bit self-interested, Jesus? Maybe not...
Modern research on what leads to healthy, whole-hearted living (from the likes of Dr. Brene Brown) shines light on the importance of Jesus' encouragement to care for children as a way to connect with God and have the "greatest" impact by being among "the least".
Following the trail of where my money goes can, maybe surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), help me make self-discoveries about what sorts of things my heart is invested in. And, if that's true, maybe my money gives me an opportunity to awaken in me genuine passion and inspiration and spiritual alive-ness.
Counselors wisely tell us that the judgments we pronounce say more about us than about who we are judging. Jesus' words on forgiveness, understood properly, offer surprisingly practical advice along these lines.
There are countless churches in our Brown Line neighborhoods... why does BLV exist? or even need to exist?
If faith has anything special to offer life, hasn't there GOT to be some supernatural, mysterious, “bigger-than-me” element to faith that I can’t explain or control.
A travel-log from one person's adventurous, challenging, transformational, awesome journey with Jesus. What's YOUR unique journey with Jesus taking you to right now?
Fourth in the series: Good news with no fine print