29 Feb 2016

FIRST: Daily Office

A number of years ago, I attended a course in Ignatian spirituality with a friend, not quite knowing what it was all about. There were many terms and rituals that

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22 Feb 2016

FIRST: Spiritual Direction

Just over seventy of us sat through a lecture-ish, presentation-ish, but still devotional-ish introduction to the discipline of Spiritual Direction. There are rules, sort of. This is what it is.

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15 Feb 2016

FIRST: Discursive Meditation

When you say meditation, I think of either someone sitting on the ground cross-legged, fingers pinched, ohm-ing or maybe someone is in a life group trying to find their “power

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08 Feb 2016

FIRST: The Discipline of Study

In acknowledging of the undeniable importance of the prayerful life as the foundational element of Christian life, I would like to heed a German theologian Karl Barth’s advice which emphasizes

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01 Feb 2016

FIRST: Lectio Divina

“Close your eyes, relax, be mindful of your breathing, listen as I read…” Yikes, what is this all about? Should I open my eyes and run? Should I sit here

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25 Jan 2016

FIRST: Solitude and Silence

Let me be blunt…..my first experience with the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence was uncomfortably eye opening for me. I was attending a spiritual retreat that incorporated the experience

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18 Jan 2016

FIRST: Breath Prayer

Over the course of my four years at Olivet Nazarene University, Brennan Manning visited twice and had a profound spiritual impact on me. He taught us the practice of “Breath

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11 Jan 2016

First: Fasting

The idea of fasting as a Spiritual Discipline intimidated me. First of all, I didn’t know what spiritual fasting really meant and I didn’t know what I was expecting from

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05 Jan 2016

FIRST: Systematic Bible Reading

January 1st is a time when I, like a multitude of other people, set goals or make resolutions for the year. I have done this for more years than I

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05 Jan 2016

FIRST: Experiences with the Spiritual Disciplines

The Spiritual Disciplines can seem intimidating. If I’ve never fasted before, should I jump straight to the 40 days wilderness thing like Jesus? Do I need to go out to

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