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Washington Gladden, an early leader in the Social Gospel movement, modeled a Christian life that understood the yin and yang that interwove social activism and spiritual centeredness. You can’t have one without the other. […] Read More

Most religious people are convinced that their religion is a good thing but have their doubts about the goodness of other religions. So is religion good? That depends. […] Read More

Building trusting relationships in healthcare chaplaincy is difficult. Many folks are skeptical and wary around those who define themselves as people of faith, but it’s possible to help spiritual conversations blossom. […] Read More

Spiritualities of the Ascent. Spiritualities of the Descent. Spiritualities of Maintenance. Taken together, they teach us to train our eyes upward, not forget to look downward and keep our feet planted firmly on the ground. […] Read More

Marie Kondo, the tidying-up guru, is all the rage with her advice on how to declutter your life and find joy. Even if you’re not a Kondo fan, these three insights can teach you more about joy. […] Read More

Have you crafted a rule for life? Like a trellis supporting the growth of a plant, it helps determine the direction you go and fosters intentionality for achieving specific goals. Here’s how to do it. […] Read More

While signs abound that many churches are in a state of decline, a way forward exists. Churches can survive and prosper in the days ahead. Here are 4 strategies that will help. […] Read More

The story of Jesus in the house of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) is a short, but rich, narrative about two sides of Christian discipleship. You know the one – Martha banging pots, rattling dishes and cutlery, checking oven, swearing at the beeping microwave, piling everything in the dishwasher, trying to set a table while […] Read More

Between 1993 and 2006, I participated in many conferences in Europe. The location of these meetings offered me the opportunity to experience something of the life of diverse monastic communities on the continent, which I found to be profoundly enriching. On the occasions when I attended meetings in Annecy, France, I was able to join […] Read More

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m spiritual but not religious?” Oprah loves to say it on her network. Church folks love to write books about it. It’s the number-one excuse in certain parts of our world as to why folks have decided not to come to church anymore. For me, it’s a […] Read More