#8 – The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (My 100 Favorite Books)

I remember finishing this book and then immediately starting it again.  Its short and I may have read it twice in one day (its only 68 pages).  But its SO GOOD. Imagine you work next to a person in some mundane occupation for decades.  Then all of a sudden you discover you have been standing […]

The Voice of God in a Noisy World (Weekly Word)

This morning at breakfast, my kids were arguing about what food is gross.  My daughter insisted plain cream cheese is simply nasty.  So my son responded by sticking his finger in the cream cheese and sucking it off to her horror. My kids are pretty relaxed mostly, but they can argue with the best of […]

Just Pray – Psalm 28 (Weekly Word)

I decided this past January to send out devotional emails each Friday, in the hopes of encouraging and challenging you all.  When it came to choosing what to write about, the Psalms popped immediately into my head.  There are 150 of them so if I did one a week, it would give me material for […]

Three Times a Day I Cry Out (Psalm 55, Weekly Word)

For our Friday Psalm, we are skipping ahead to Psalm 55.  Go ahead and read it. The first fifteen verses of this Psalm reveal a man in anguish and despair.  Apparently a close friend of David’s has betrayed him, which hurts more than any attacks from his enemies.  Following this he writes: 16 As for […]

#59 – The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle (100 Favorite Books)

I will admit I am a pretty cruddy prayer.  I have long desired to take time each day to pray and have often struggled.  Reading books? No problem.  Sitting in some sort of silence and reflection?  My mind wanders. This is why I am grateful I discovered the ancient practice of Fixed-Hour Prayer, and along […]

Look Inward – Psalm 17 (Weekly Word)

Read Psalm 17 This Psalm begins with David affirming his innocence and justice: 1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;     listen to my cry. Hear my prayer—     it does not rise from deceitful lips. 2 Let my vindication come from you;     may your eyes see what is right. 3 Though you probe my heart,     though you examine […]

Why I Chose to Give Up Twitter and Save My Soul

Most days my mornings beginning roughly the same: I get up, make the kids their breakfast and then sit down to drink my coffee while reading the news.  My interaction with the news is not through a physical paper but is filtered through the News and Twitter apps on my phone.  Because of this, my […]

Praying and Working (Thoughts on Prayer Inspired by CS Lewis)

Nearly everyone prays at some point.  Christians, Muslims, Jews and probably even skeptics may ask the heavens or inquire of the great beyond.  Those of us who are Christians address God, our loving Father and Divine Parent, in the name of Jesus Christ in the strength of the Holy Spirit (we pray in Trinity…but that’s […]

Devotional Recommendations?

Students and friends often ask me what books I would recommend for devotional reading.  I admit I am not entirely sure what sort of book they are looking for.  If by devotional they mean a book they can read a few pages each morning that will provide spiritual reflection throughout the day, then nearly anything […]

The Story of Hannah and Samuel (Weekly Word)

Last night at CSF we took some time to read and discuss the story of Hannah from the 1 Samuel.  Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah, a Levite (his being a Levite ought to have us on edge after last week’s lesson, but he’s a good guy).  Elkanah appears to be wealthy, able […]