Be Still (Psalm 46 – Weekly Word)

Last evening at CSF our theme was “Listening”.  We’ve been examining spiritual disciplines this semester and previously we had looked at speaking, service and prayer.  With all of this sort of outward focused, with the emphasis on our actions whether serving or speaking to others or talking to God in prayer, it seemed to make […]

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 […]

Be Humble! The Rule of St. Benedict

Humility is a big deal for St. Benedict.  Chapter seven of his rule focuses on humility and it is one of longest  (perhaps the longest) chapters in the entire work.  He compares the path to humility as a ladder to the heavens.  The first step on this ladder is fear of God which, for him, […]

Stop Talking and Be Silent – The Rule of St. Benedict (With an Assist from Lisa Simpson)

I talk to much.  This often leads me to putting my foot in my mouth, saying things I ought not say, or at the very least just rambling on into nonsense. In the words of St. Benedict: Therefore, because of the importance of silence, let permission to speak be seldom given to perfect disciples even […]

Spiritual Disciplines – Study and Solitude

Last Thursday at CSF we continued our study of the Spiritual Disciplines, using Richard Foster’s classic Celebration of Discipline as our guide (along with the Bible, of course).  Here is a brief summary of what we talked about. If you read through the book of Acts quickly you may miss that those 28 chapters cover […]

The Beauty of Silence

“I really loved how we didn’t have cell phone coverage this weekend.” “I wish there were more places back home where cell phones didn’t work.” These were just two comments I heard from students as we headed home from our annual fall retreat this past weekend.  The retreat takes place at Sylvan Hills Christian Camp […]