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Simple Spiritual Practices for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday! It’s a little less cluttered with material goods than Christmas and can (if we let it) exert a unique influence on our development of a Kingdom life, an eternal kind of life. We’ve found this happens best when we build in some basic spiritual practices around the holiday to create an ongoing, daily spirit of thankfulness to our Lord. We start our own thanksgiving practices early—the first of the month! On November 1st, we hang a Thanksgiving Calendar in the walkway and divide up 30 index cards evenly between us and begin thinking and writing down the events, people, or blessings over the past year for which we’re genuinely grateful. Once we’re done we put […]

Homo Consumens and the Desire for Presence

More than one writer has observed that entering the modern upscale mall is like stepping into a cathedral. (See most recently, James Smith, Desiring the Kingdom). Large pillars or high arches frame the entryways. Vaulted ceilings with skyward glass or regal rotundas give us a sense of the sublime—a feeling of transcendence. Looking down at the veined marblesque floors, we feel ourselves sliding across antiquity. And the shops—they are like so many quaint chapels where we can taste and see the sacraments of our age. If we are supplicants in these modern cathedrals, coming in search of some Real Presence, we do so as a new breed. We are not worshippers, but consumers. We are homo consumens. The homo consumens, […]

Jesus and the Mundane Life

So, let’s be honest. No matter how idyllic the sequestered life of retreat might seem as a context for relationship with Jesus, it is a far cry from the insanity of real life. Am I right? In real life, the alarm goes off at 6 am (if you’re lucky enough to sleep in) and barely controlled chaos ensues for the next 14-16 hrs. Chores have to be done. Children need to be chauffeured. Parents have to get to work. Errands need to be run. I’m sure you can fill in whatever the unique contours of your own life are, but you get my point: mundane, everyday kind of life sort of takes up a lot of time. If you’re anything […]

The Singularity of Voices

And all the people responded with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of families, old people who had seen the first house on its foundations, wept with a loud voice when they saw this house, though many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted so loudly that the sound was heard far away. (Ezra 3:11b-13) ______________________________ People groups often adapt to change in fits and starts. Some people like fresh inventions and innovations; other people find the […]