Confessions of a Type A Leader

“The reason I share my junk with you,” a pastor disclosed. “Is because you’re not a monkish spiritual formation guy. I can’t relate to the contemplative spiritual direction types.” We hear this a lot from pastors. This is one reason why in last week’s Soul Shepherding blog/email I blurted out, “Spiritual Disciplines are Dung!” I…

70 Happy Words

Paul uses 70 expressions of joy in his short letter to the Philippians! Seventy! Reading them infects us with his “good virus” of devotion to Jesus. To joy in Jesus is the best way to start our day and our New Year. It’s a surprising joy that Paul exudes. Outwardly, he has no reason to…

Is God a “She”?

Recently, a friend secretly prayed to God as his Mother. “My church wouldn’t understand,” he lamented. What do you think? Is it important to view God as Father? Do you appreciate femininity in God? Would you ever pray to God as “heavenly Mother”? My Ph.D. dissertation was on our image of God. I interviewed hundreds…