Meditating on a Tattoo

 Recently I was in a conversation with an older, conservative pastor and he was explaining why he thought it wasn’t good to put tattoos on our bodies that are meant to be temples for the Holy Spirit. Granted some tattooing is excessive and unappealing, but still I was uncomfortable with him making that judgment. I…

Scripture Memory

We are transformed to be more like Christ through the renewing of our minds in God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2). Scripture memory is an indispensable aid for the the Christian. Consider the example of Jesus and how he interacted with Scripture: “As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer” (Luke 5:16, MSG).  And…

Remembering Robert H. Schuller

When I knew Robert H. Schuller from afar I judged him negatively. I was writing a thesis paper on integrating Christian spirituality and psychology and I criticized the “Self-Esteem Theology” of the famous television preacher and author. A few months before I finished that paper and graduated from college I was shocked to learn on my…

Discouraged Pastors

Over half of pastors are discouraged right now. It’s similar for all kinds of ministry leaders. (You may not consider yourself a “ministry leader” but if you think about your relationships as a ministry of being salt and light for Jesus then I’m sure that you will relate to the problem of discouragement in ministry.)…

Sweet Nectar For Your Soul (Praying the Lord’s Prayer with Jeanne Guyon)

Let’s admit it. At times we all feel like prayer is a duty. We know we should pray more than we do, but sometimes it feels like a chore that wearies us. But prayer can be drinking in an unceasing flow of divine life!  Madame Jeanne Guyon says this is true in seasons of consolation…