26 Feb 2019

Fasting By Scot McKnight – Book Review

“My Dear Wormwood,…At the very least, they [humans] can be persuaded that the bodily position makes no difference to their prayers; for they constantly forget, what you must constantly remember,

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22 Feb 2019

Fasting 101

See if this scenario sounds familiar….  You walk into work on Ash Wednesday to notice you have coworkers who have ashes smudged on their foreheads and realize the calendar just

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20 Feb 2019

Why We Fast – The Practice of Self-Emptying

Fasting as a form of spiritual discipline is the practice that through self-denial of something, we are allowed to plead our needs before God through prayerful repentance of our sins

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15 Feb 2019

Fasting Facts Sheet

(excerpts from Spiritual Disciplines Handbook,by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)   Dos and Don’ts Don’t fast when you are sick, traveling, pregnant or nursing. People with diabetes, gout, liver disease, kidney disease,

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14 Feb 2019

Fasting Series – A Bit of an Introduction

“So what are you giving up for Lent?”  I hear this question every year, usually on Ash Wednesday or a day or two after.  Reality sets in and I realize

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01 Feb 2019

How It Really Ended

I wish they knew that Jesus rose from the dead! “They” being Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I remember listening to my sister’s Jesus Christ Superstar album over and

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15 Nov 2018

Invitation to Retreat – A Book Review

Invitation to Retreat Author: Ruth Haley Barton Having read a number of Ruth Haley Barton’s writings as well my own personal desire for a time of retreat, when the opportunity

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08 Nov 2018

A Few Thoughts on Pain

Do you know the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun”? When you’re in pain, it seems that the complete opposite is true. The moments crawl and you feel every

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01 Nov 2018

Our True Home

If I’m being honest, watching the national news these days feels like a full contact sport. Our heightened awareness of abuse of all kinds, the cutthroat widening of the political

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12 Sep 2018

Are You a Prayer Warrior?

It was late afternoon. I was finishing up a few things when my phone rang. It was my office phone and it hardly ever rings so I was a little

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05 Sep 2018

The Gift of Rest

The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath by Senator Joe Lieberman When someone asked Senator Joe Lieberman: “How can you stop all your work as a senator

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30 Aug 2018

Many Other Things

Jesus did many other things (wonders) as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that

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