Bible+Theology, Spiritual Practices

How to Choose a Bible Translation

One question we often hear: which translation of the Bible should I use? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. Let’s take a closer look at the three translations Charles mentioned. The Message Strengths: Clear and powerful, contemporary language, good for devotional reading Weaknesses: Less accurate in regard to the underlying Greek/Hebrew Example: Ex.… Read More How to Choose a Bible Translation

Spiritual Practices

Advent 2019

Something that churches all over the world have done since around the 5th century to prepare for the birth of Jesus is to observe the season of Advent in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Advent simply means “coming,” and is a season where we refocus ourselves and wait expectantly for the “coming” of… Read More Advent 2019

Relationships, Spiritual Practices

Community

“Christian community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ. They engage in transparent relationships that cultivate, celebrate and make evident Christ’s love for all the world.” – Adele Calhoun (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook) Here are some suggestions for practicing community this week: Plan to host a… Read More Community

Spiritual Practices

Sabbath

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods.” – Walter Brueggemann (Sabbath as Resistance) Sabbath is about… Read More Sabbath

Spiritual Practices

Fasting

Fasting is essentially giving something up for a period of time to create space for God. Fasting typically involves abstaining from food, but you could also practice fasting from other things that crowd out your time with God and awareness of his presence. TV/Netflix Social media Shopping Video games As with any spiritual disciplines, start… Read More Fasting

Spiritual Practices

Worship

Worship is about an encounter with God – our spirit communing with God’s spirit. It involves a choice, a decision to enter into the presence of God. Throughout the Bible (particularly in the Psalms), we see that encountering God in worship encompasses the whole person – our minds, our emotions, and our bodies.  As we… Read More Worship