Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”

Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Saint Paul throws down the spiritual gauntlet. He instructs his readers to “pray without ceasing.”

For almost two thousand years now, Christian saints, nuns, monks, and mystics have been trying to unpack that simple three-word verse…

Joyful prayer

Learning to Love the “Habit” of Prayer

May 31, 2018—We human beings are creatures of habit.

We brush our teeth in the same direction, we take the same route to work, we fold our clothes or make our beds in pretty much the same manner day after…

Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

February 15, 2018—When we say “spiritual formation,” what are we talking about?

For over 20 years, the Spirituality Program has been an active and vibrant part of Columbia Theological Seminary and The Center for Lifelong Learning. But what is it?…

“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to…

A Grand and Unusual Invitation!

November 2, 2017—An Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life. What a grand and unusual invitation. In this fast-paced, busy world we live in, we are inviting you to pause for a long weekend . . . to…

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A Prayer for Houston

By President Leanne Van Dyk.

Everlasting God, in this time of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we offer our prayers for all of the people of Houston and those in the pathway of the storm.

We are mindful of the…

Reflections Following Election 2016

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something You

March 9, 2017—In the fall of 1999 I encountered the Liturgy of the Hours for the first time. I arrived at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia weary after a long drive and not at all sure…

Can’t Get Enough of Howard Thurman

February 2, 2017—I think I have Howard Thurmanitis. Yes, I have previously posted about him and I made up that name. But after giving two workshops on his writings in the span of three days, one at a conference…

You Have Gathered Us in a Divided Nation

November 17, 2016—In the days after the election, in the midst of all the analysis and in the midst of many of conversations, I started noticing that some of the conversations involved an analysis of cause. Why did Trump get…

Gathered in a divided nation article by Jihyun Oh.

Our Persistent God

October 20, 2016—In some ways, this should have been the easiest sermon I have written in a while. Luke (18:1–8) tells us right off the bat what this parable is supposed to be about. While introducing Jesus’ telling…

Our persistent God by Shannon Kershner

Breathing into Advent

November 19, 2015—In our family, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has begun early as Adam and I reach out for Advent resources without the benefit of much advance preparation. The church I’m serving just called a new…

A Prayer for Emanuel and Nine Who Lost Their Lives

June 23, 2015—Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen, our Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, was Dean of Faculty and Executive Vice President at the time this was written. She did cooperated as part of a group of more than thirty African American…

Confessing the Stories that Keep Us Isolated From Each Other, From God

By Jihyun Oh, MDiv ’06.

January 29, 2015—Looking back, I think it all started the day a rocking and trembling son told me that his dying, 80-something year-old mother might have had a part in killing his father, her…

Being in Prayer

December 4, 2014—A couple days ago, my husband and I were sitting at a sub shop with our good friends Terry and Chris, enjoying victory sandwiches, after their team won a basketball game against the Bearcats. They play in a…

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