For the Bookshelf: Exploring Spirituality, An Ecumencial Reader

For the Bookshelf: Exploring Spirituality, An Ecumencial Reader

Exploring Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader, edited by Kenneth J. Collins, is a collection of twenty-four essays in which Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Methodist writers describe the unique forms of spirituality that have emerged from their traditions.

And Jesus Wept: a good idea

There is a very poignant moment in Scripture that gets little exegesis, it seems, but it touches the deepest nerve of a people in mourning for the loss of the character of their nation. Like our own.

It is the…

Practicing Kindness

In my sermon for Reformation Sunday (October 25th), the Rev. Fred Rogers was one of my key examples for the sermon titled “We are All Members of the Family of God.”

The line from his song reverberated with me.

“It’s…

Love Those Classics

Every once in a while, at my former church, we’d break out the old (and I mean old) hymnbooks for a Wednesday evening hymn sing.

People would call out the numbers of their favorite hymns to the song leader and…

Soul Tending: An Exploration of Practices for Spiritual Nourishment and Growth

We have entered into an unusual and deeply challenging season in the life of the world.

Whether we wanted to go there or not, we are now in many ways wandering this wilderness together and apart.

Many of us are…

The Opposite of Faith is Certitude

At a recent conference, I shared that, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certitude.” A participant e-mailed me afterward asking me to expand on the concept. He said “I’m trying to get my arms around this concept.”…

Education by Israel Galindo

Henri Nouwen and Fun

Prolific spiritual author Henri Nouwen often reads sad, lonely, and anguished. But that belies the fact that, in real life, he was also a lot of fun.

 

When I tell personal stories about him or show videotapes of his…

“Quick, Chris! Take a picture!” Henri gleefully asked.

Spiritual Friendship and Formation: Spirituality Courses and Programs at CTS

Feed your desire to deepen your relationship with God as you learn to assist others on their faith journey. 

In these extraordinary times, discovering a deeper relationship with God may seem more pressing than ever before.

The Spirituality Program at…

Can the Wisdom of the Past Speak to the Challenges of Today?

A lot of people are saying it: 2020 is turning out to be a doozy of a year.

 

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, our ongoing national conversation about racism and justice, concerns about restoring our economy in the wake of…

Try Centering Prayer: Change. Anxiety. Fear… Freedom. Healing. Wholeness

I invite you to pause, just for a moment, pause.

Slowly, inhale a deep, full breath. Slowly, let it out.

Try it again. Close your eyes if you’d like. Slowly take a deep breath in, breathing in the love and…

On ANTS and Your Mental Health

Mental health has become a big issue because of our social isolation. It is like having ants in your home! How many are there? Where are they coming from? Where have they been? How can I get rid of them?…

Imagination and Resilience: Your Keys to Success in Unusual Times

With such devastating pandemic news looming over our heads each day, how do we find ways to illuminate the shadow in the world’s mind? To regain, hold onto or spark a sliver of hope and resilience in these unusual times?

Have you found the key?

One metaphor for wisdom is the key. Keys unlock what is closed, throw open the doors to what is hidden, and reveal secrets locked away. Keys are also a metaphor for access, and therefore, of power (remember the character nicknamed…

Teaching for Faith

A man was out hiking when he fell off a cliff. He managed to grab a thin tree branch sticking out of the side of the rocky cliff wall saving him from plunging thousands of feet below. As his fingers…

Education by Israel Galindo

Helping and Ministering At End-of-Life

I’d always known we were a death-denying culture.

I learned that first from the classic work by Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death.

I learned it again when I served as a hospice chaplain for six years, prior to…

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