#46 – The Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was my favorite book, of all the books I read, in 2017.  It is beautifully written and incredibly practical.  Spiritual practices are vitally important to grow as a person of faith.  In the past, I would recommend Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline to people interested in beginning the journey of spiritual discipline.  While I […]

Laziness – The Rule of St. Benedict

Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading. St. Benedict (2011-04-30). The Rule of St. Benedict (Kindle Locations 707-708). PlanetMonk Books. Kindle Edition. I’ve often wondered what “free time” was like in the ancient or medieval world. […]

A List of Good Works! The Rule of St. Benedict Chapter 4 (Listening to the Saints)

Chapter four of The Rule of St. Benedict is a list of good works Christians ought to do. Seriously, its just a list of  about 100 spiritual acts. Is there use in such a list? My Facebook feed is daily filled with shared articles on all sorts of random things (“17 Questions Elf Left Unanswered”, […]

Walking with the Saints- The Rule of St. Benedict Chapters 1-2

What are the attributes of a good leader?  There are myriads of books out there on leadership, from leadership in the corporate world to leadership in the church and a good bit in between.  Specifically speaking about leadership in the Christian community, there is a lot out there.  Often when leadership is discussed in Christian […]

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 […]

Spiritual Disciplines – Prayer and Fasting

Last Thursday at CSF we continued our look at Spiritual Disciplines, using Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline as our guide (and the Bible, of course).  We talked about two of the more well-known, thought not necessarily well-practiced, practices: prayer and fasting. Just to share a couple key points:  1. We must be taught how to […]

How I Spent My Summer (well, part of it)

My introduction to Dallas Willard came in my first semester of seminary when we were assigned read his Renovation of the Heart in a class called Shaping the Heart of a Leader.  We read other books on the soul of a leader, but this was the most difficult one.  I do recall the professor admitting this […]