This headline just made my morning! From Lighthouse Trails Research: “Church Heading Toward Contemplative Turns Around After Seeing the Evidence.”
Someone from Texas wrote in to LHT to encourage them with the news of how their materials were able to prevent a church from going down the path into contemplative prayer (also known as the silence) and other mystical practices: Continue reading
Posted in Church Movements, Contemplative Spirituality, Discernment
Tagged Books, Christian, christian mysticism, christianity, Church, Contemplation, contemplative prayer, lighthouse trails, mysticism, Prayer, religion, spirituality
Just an encouraging piece of the Word from my Bible reading last night. Continue reading
Obviously, since it was Father’s Day yesterday, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my dad. I did not spend the day with him since I live six hours away and my parents and we had all just spent Memorial Day weekend together celebrating his birthday and my own.
My dad and I are very different people, but we do share thick wavy hair, squinty eyes, and a love of books and old western movies. I’m thankful that I’ve always felt loved and supported by him and I know he has my back if I ever need him to. I want to share a few of my favorite memories of time I’ve spent with my dad over the years. These memories probably won’t mean much to an outsider, but I cherish them. Continue reading
Hello and happy friday. The work week is winding down and I’ve got a new don’t miss list for you about Bible reading, ministerial tweets, marriage and more.
Reading the Bible Narcissistically
Tullian Tchividjian writes, “But by looking at the Bible as if it were fundamentally about us, we totally miss the Point–like the two on the road to Emmaus. As Luke 24 shows, it’s possible to read the Bible, study the Bible, and memorize large portions of the Bible, while missing the whole point of the Bible. It’s entirely possible, in other words, to read the stories and miss the Story.” Personally, I think this style has also infected preaching leading to an narcigesis epidemic. Continue reading
Posted in Christian Life, The Word
Tagged Barna Group, Bible, God, Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron, Marriage, marriage conference, narcigesis, narcissism, research, ronnie martin, the gospel coalition, Tullian Tchividjian, worship, worship bands, worship leaders
There is no subject I’ve touched upon here at Steak and a Bible that has gotten more pushback than cessationism. It seems whenever I bring up the subject that I get a string of comments, including personal attacks that I consider unfit for publication because they try to judge my relationship with Jesus. In argumentation, ad hominem attacks are the weakest form of argument. With the goal of trying to elevate this discussion above such personal criticisms and straw men caricatures of either side I share this article with you all. Continue reading
Today is the first day I’m commuting to my new office (same job, new office), which is significantly farther away from my place than my old office. In order to make the most use of my longer commute I’ve loaded up an iPod with podcasts and sermons and some great stuff from Wretched. And that’s why today I’m giving away Wretched’s Drive By Theology. Continue reading