All of us have influencers in our lives, people who have had a transformative effect. Somewhere around the late 80’s, as a young and rather desperate pastor, I read Working the Angles. I was still getting my bearings for this thing called ministry, and Eugene Peterson’s work drew the lines and the worked out the angles. It is perhaps his most distilled description of pastoral work. Prayer, reading Scripture, and giving spiritual direction give shape and integrity to ministry. They are the angles that inform the lines–preaching, teaching, and administration.
In the craziness of schedules, and the distractions of a culture overly satiated with information, many people are too busy or disinterested to attend church regularly. And if they do, what will they find?-If a total unbeliever walked in, would he come back? Would she get in her car and say to herself, ‘There was something those people had, that I want. There was a sense of the transcendent that shook me, a force, a power that I cannot explain…”?
Sleep has always been a bit of a mystery for me. I sometimes wake up in the morning feeling more tired and sore than before I went to sleep. I am not always certain it is that restorative. Does it really matter if I sleep four or six or eight hours? My brother in law is a classic workaholic and claims that anything more than four hours a night is actually debilitating. Sometimes, sleep can be an interruption in the schedule. But according to a recent article in Time, “The Power of Sleep,” sleep matters a lot. According to the author, Alice Park, the latest research suggests that a healthy sleep habit is a matter of life and death.
Airports can be bland, liminal places where travelers move quickly through. I recently went to India via Dubai, which is becoming the world’s main traffic hub. The airport is impressive with its marble and chrome and state of the art engineering (though it will soon be replaced with an even more impressive airport. It seems […]
In a world of sound bites, Instagram, #, and Twitter, we have become really good at saying as much as possible in the fewest words. We have become highly effective reductionists. The more I look at my faith, particularly as an evangelical, the more I realize we have done the same in our spiritual practice. […]