Presence, Listening and Depth: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction

Presence, Listening and Depth: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction

December 29, 2016—One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection. But I think the longing for depth is the longing for…

Presence, listening, depth, as an invitation to spiritual direction

For the Bookshelf: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation

Rainer, Thom S., Rainer, Jess W., The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation. LifeWay Christian Research, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.

August 22, 2016—The context and content of this book is an “old school vs. new school” dialogue: interpretation…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus Dies at Age 84

June 4, 2016—Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Evangelism at Columbia Theological Seminary and the founding Director of the Spirituality program at The Center for Lifelong Learning passed away Thursday afternoon. A memorial service will be held on Friday,…

Getting to Know the Familiar Stranger

April 11, 2016—Last week I had two interesting conversations with familiar strangers. By “familiar strangers” I mean those people we have become comfortable around because of propinquity yet don’t really know. You know them, people at work we see every…

It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10

March 24, 2016—I have been amazed in recent days, weeks, and years by…

Reasons for Not Attending Church

March 7, 2016—I met up with some old friends recently, who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting. It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation that follows the “What do you do…

Better Than Church? Exercise as a Spiritual Experience

March 3, 2016—Last week I caught Tom Ashbrook’s show On Point (via podcast). He was talking about the so-called “boutique fitness” trend—exercise classes that promise not only a hard workout but also strong community, and in some cases spiritual…

Life Assessment

February 29, 2016—In 1990 I was asked to design a course for Trinity College in their adult education program (yes, I’m still tossing out files. I’m doing pretty good on this New Year’s Resolution no. 7. Not so much on…

Those Aren’t the Flames of Pentecost: Quenching Spiritual Thirst

February 4, 2016—A young parent raising three kids was going through a hot, dry Texas summer. The garden was wilting, the grass withering to dry, brown patches. She moved the garden hose around back, filling a small wading pool for…

Speaking the Truth in Love

February 1, 2016—I’m revisiting some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Few have written better on the matter of community. I came across his thoughts on speaking the truth in love in community that I find timely. I’ll confess I…

Stuff Church Offers (That the World Needs Right Now)

January 7, 2016—I was listening to Daniel Goleman on TED Radio last weekend talking about the 21st Century generation’s unique developmental journeys. He said that we are witnessing the first generation of human beings who are learning empathy, conversation…

Facebook’s “On This Day” as a Spiritual Practice

December 10, 2015—I don’t know exactly when Facebook rolled out its On This Day feature, but it’s become more and more a part of my daily social media routine. It’s been (mostly) a gift to read what was important to…

Making Pastoral Care a Social Priority

November 26, 2015—One critical glance at the daily newspaper and we quickly realize that our global societies are in very deep trouble and that suffering knows no boundaries. The stories are astounding and unnerving: a church massacre in Charleston, South…

social priority

Spiritual Formation: An Expression of Self-Care

July 9, 2015—To most observers, it is clear that we live in a society primarily dominated by material concerns. In this context, what seems most cherished among us is physical output and performance, rather than the development of meaningful lives…

Dimensions of Personal Care for Christian Educators

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

June 29, 2015—The ministry and work of the professional church educator is challenging and demanding. The fact is that the more you stay in the field…

Education by Israel Galindo
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