Category Archives: Practices of Faith

Mysticism is simply encountering God. Mysticism can make life complicated or drastically simple, but when it comes down to it, the experience of the mystic is what we seek in the means of grace, the practices of living out our faith and living it out well. From writing to reading, from swimming to traveling, from having a family to preaching, all of these and more wrap up my hope to encounter God every day. That is my pilgrimage.

Time Out! Finding Space in Time to Read

Spiritual reading takes space in time. Rushing through doesn’t really get at the pacing of the movement and rhythm of our spirit, but it is how most of us read. In the psalms the writers speak of meditating – chewing … Continue reading

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No Guarantees: Sleep and Toddlers

My darling girls do not always believe in sleep. Weirdly, I like reading on the spiritual disciplines, and recently, a reoccurring theme that I have noted is the importance of sleep. It’s essential as a base line from which to … Continue reading

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Education, Christianity, and the Growth in all Knowledge

For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead … Continue reading

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Rotation – Is this how Triathletes do this?

How do triathletes train? This flummoxes me when I think about it. Cross training and adding a little bit here and there is all I’ve done. Someday, I may consider getting an official coaching plan for a triathlon and seeing … Continue reading

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Adoption and Identity: A Different Type of Purity

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are … Continue reading

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What Should Christians be Reading? A Few Thoughts

Reading effects how we view the world. From the fiction of J.K. Rowling to the insidious works of Fitzgerald, from the pages of the Bible to the writings of Thomas Malthus, reading molds our heads. So, what in the world … Continue reading

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What’s Different About Us?

Sitting in the car, a friend asked me a question: “What makes us different?” I had been talking about swim meets on Sundays. Most swim meets for masters swimmers in the U.S. are on Sundays which rules out competition for … Continue reading

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