Miriam: How to handle resentment

Miriam: How to handle resentment

How do you handle it when life isn’t fair? It’s easy to grow frustrated with our own lot in life and resent those who seem to have it better. Consider the story of Miriam.

The easy way to make a lot of coffee

The easy way to make a lot of coffee

As a ministry leader you probably make a lot of coffee. I’ve found using the Toddy Coffee system is the easiest way to make the most coffee with the least amount of mess, fuss and clean up. Here’s how.

Prayer and Spiritual Formation: How does it work?

Prayer and Spiritual Formation: How does it work?

The theology of Spiritual Formation assumes there is a level a spirituality that I can have if I do certain spiritual practices. Prayer is typically is one of those practices. Yet, the biblical picture of prayer is not a spiritual discipline that I use to reach a higher spiritual level. Rather prayer is an unavoidable mandatory battlefield in the war of faith.

Does Spiritual Formation seek the right kind of change?

Does Spiritual Formation seek the right kind of change?

Not only does the theology of spiritual formation aim at the wrong target, spiritual formation seeks the wrong kind of change. While spiritual disciplines focus on success at outward righteous behavior, the Bible teaches that the goal of spiritual maturity is a strong unshakeable faith.

Is Spiritual Formation shooting at the right target?

Is Spiritual Formation shooting at the right target?

The theology of Spiritual Formation sounds great on paper, but it is focused on the wrong target. Progress toward greater spirituality is measured by what can be seen (for example, how well I maintain the routines of sabbath, bible reading, confession; how loving my actions are toward others; how much I experience greater joy and contentment; how well I serve and sacrifice, etc.) which means success is measured by outward righteous behavior. But is outward righteous behavior the right target?

Women’s Retreat Survival Kit

Women’s Retreat Survival Kit

A conference I attended gave each participant this simple and heartwarming “Conference Survival kit” which contained the following items and Scripture.