I’m thankful for an advanced copy of Carol Howard Merritt’s new book, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church. I know Carol, and she is a compassionate, deeply spiritual, and articulate voice in the world of theology and Church. She is warm, welcoming, and engaging. Her writing is passionate about a Church that has hurt her much, and about a God who has walked with […]
Clutter! Disorganization! Disconnection! Can physical clutter lead to spiritual clutter, or even illness?
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Many have debated the focus of Christian faith. Some have suggested the entire focus on “belief” in the One God of the Universe, uniquely revealed in and through Jesus from Nazareth. Others have suggested the focus is on “behaving” a certain way in the world: love God and love your neighbor as your self. Yet, still others focus on the “belonging” aspect of Christian faith—belonging to a community that helps shape us and form us […]
I’m lucky. As a pastor, part of my job is sitting and contemplating. Yes, the “To Do” list gets longer every day. For every three things I finally check off, six more get put on. But in the midst of the endless tasks of ministry, I’ve made a point of stopping, breathing, and just reflecting on what’s going on in me and around me. Without these little breaks, I would not be a very good […]