The once solitary journey is now hardly distinguishable from everyday life. The challenge of living without modern amenities has been taken away; people seeking solitude and self-reflection in their pilgrimage will be extremely disappointed.
People’s interest in regulating their sleep in order to accommodate a busy lifestyle only dates back as far as the Industrial Revolution. The development of electric light, and the rationale that fewer hours asleep meant more hours of productivity at work reshaped human sleeping habits drastically.
There is no quicker way to decay in your spirituality than trying to do it alone, by staying in the shadows and hiding from the world.
Other mornings, I offer my quiet time to God as if I were bartering off a chicken in exchange for his blessing.
There are questions worth asking in life. Did I put deodorant on? Did I forget to pay my credit card bill? Should I eat the re-fried beans considering I’m on a date? These are helpful questions.
I never thought it would happen to me. When I was in seminary, I heard about how many pastors left the profession each month (over 1,000 per month according to one study). Professors used phrases like “burnout” and “moral failure”. I don’t know if the point was to scare me into dropping out, but I […]
The primacy of the individual–the encouragement to “climb every mountain,” pursue every dream and create every identity as we see fit–is unmistakable in modern western culture. And the church has bought into it too. This is one of the reasons why evangelical Christianity in the west is finding itself so confused, so weak and so easily defeated in LGBTQ discussions, for instance. We’re […]
A review of Ben Lowe’s new book, Doing Good Without Giving Up Social change. Whether our attempts at it involve our jobs, our church, a side project, or our way of life, the road to change can be filled with confusion and discouragement. When we enter adulthood, our worldview expands; suddenly we feel empowered and […]
“Blessed is the name, the name be blessed, written on my heart in burning letters. That’s all I know, I do not know the rest.” This may sound like a couple of lines from a poetic praise band, but instead this gem comes from 80-year-old folk poet Leonard Cohen. The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter has released […]
At 28, the only thing I’m sure about is that I’ve stopped growing — in inches that is. As I reflect upon my near three decades on this earth, I’ve realized I’ve forgotten a lot, learned a little, and am still discovering even more. In a culture where our 20s have become the be-all-end-all decade […]