Finding Peace Through Self-Care

What is the Christian perspective of self-care?, asks Amelia Warkentin in her award-winning speech for the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest. I love the way she frames her answer with her own experience, research, and reflection on Scripture, including her reading of my book, Four Gifts: Seeking Self-care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. It's an … Continue reading Finding Peace Through Self-Care

To Sing is to Pray Twice

"To sing is to pray twice" is often attributed to St. Augustine, but just as I've seen different versions of the quote, I've also seen it variously attributed to Martin Luther and anonymous sources. Whoever said it first, and how ever we put it---"the one who sings prays twice," or "singing is praying twice," or … Continue reading To Sing is to Pray Twice

Is a Hidden Faith Just as Genuine as the Faith of a Martyr?

We admire those willing to die for what they believe, and we pay attention to the last words of those we admire. The book, Martyrs Mirror, consists primarily of final messages from Christians in jail, joyfully waiting to die for their faith. - Introduction to Martyrs Mirror I've generally thought of martyrdom as "the ultimate act of … Continue reading Is a Hidden Faith Just as Genuine as the Faith of a Martyr?

God of the Doubters, Broken, and Happy

While I'm celebrating the completion of Christ is For Us, I decided to give myself a vacation from blogging and introduce you to Dale Fredrickson, who is a pastor and poet from Denver, Colorado. He says, "I'd like to inspire the entire world but find that inspiring myself and my family and friends is work enough." … Continue reading God of the Doubters, Broken, and Happy

For All of Its Sting in This Life, Death has Lost Its Power

Members of the Fort Assiniboine volunteer fire department planned to sit together at the celebration of life for Fred Bradley, who had faithfully served together with them for many years. But as Topland Community Hall filled to capacity, they gave up their seats and stood together at the back in honour of one of their own, … Continue reading For All of Its Sting in This Life, Death has Lost Its Power

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Lord, Teach Us To Want

I had never even heard of a "theology of desire" until IVP Books sent me a copy of Jen Pollock Michel's Teach Us To Want: longing, ambition and the life of faith (2014). Curious, I started reading and discovered a beautifully written and deeply personal book focused on desire--part personal confession by the author who is also … Continue reading Lord, Teach Us To Want

Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission

If you are looking for an appropriate way to respond to a person struggling with a mental illness, look to Job's friends. Not when they made the mistake of opening their mouths to try to explain his suffering, but when they first arrived and simply sat with him in silence. - from Delight in Disorder: Ministry, … Continue reading Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission

Can Art be Missional and Still be Art?

The Art of Helping Others: How Artists Can Serve God and Love the World by Douglas C. Mann (IVP Books, 2014) is for artists who write, paint, dance, sing, play an instrument, make jewellry, work with wood, and engage in other expressive arts, and for all of us as artists of the everyday who parent, pastor, cook, … Continue reading Can Art be Missional and Still be Art?