Leah

“No, I can’t take this…nope, not this either…nope, ya gotta haul this all away.” We thought for sure Goodwill would throw confetti, and trot out the welcome band for us. Not a chance. My husband Dave and I stood dumbfounded. We were in the process of helping one of our…

How Brian Zahnd Helped My Prayer Life

A New Kind of Prayer That Is Really Old  I recently attended Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School. I really got a lot out of it. I have been struggling with prayer for a long time. My prayers in the past have mostly been about me getting what I want or about…

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?

I remember praying for a motorcycle. I know you all reading this are more spiritual than me and would never pray for something so petty, but I actually prayed for a motorcycle. And what’s even more crazy is the fact that God answered that prayer. Of course I had to…

The Theology of Convenience (Part 2)

One of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life took place in a dentist’s chair. (Yes, yes, I know…) My dentist was a woman in her early 30s. I was already be-bibbed, X-rayed, and reclined to a nauseating angle when she suddenly shooed all the assistants and hygienists out and…

Traffic Jam Monasticism

A friend asked why I hadn’t posted recently. I said, “I have a traffic jam in my head!” I think you can probably relate. The daily pressures and the constant stream of distractions leave little room for reflection. In modern society, we really have so much free time, even though…

Is the Spirit Welcome in the Confessional Church?

If you are reading this blog, you are probably an intellectual. Which is good and beautiful. Reformed theology brought a welcome rigor that liberated minds from the absurdities of the Roman church. Which was good and necessary. But have we put the Holy Spirit in a cage in the process?…

Centering Prayer in the Celtic Way

Celtic practice is trending again. The movement is feeding a hunger for a simpler ecumenical faith that honors the ancient roots of Christianity with practical, open, modern application. In this spirit, I offer the following views on the key Celtic monastic tradition of centering prayer.

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