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Solitude and Sabbath

By |2019-05-17T00:17:24+00:00October 6th, 2018|Solitude, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation|

Your Sabbath, Lord, this keeps us by Your will, not ours. And it is fit Our only choice should be to die Into that rest, or out of it Wendell Berry Lately, I have been noticing an increased need to engage in solitude. My personality type (type 9 on the Enneagram) gets to a point in the week where (as I tell my kids) my battery is empty and I have to recharge. Ignoring this need produces unpleasant results. And the thing is rest is something that we see God not only do in the creation story (Genesis 2:1-3), but He also placed it as a priority for Israel in their early history as His people [...]

Being People of Mercy and Compassion [Audio]

By |2019-05-17T00:11:54+00:00September 28th, 2018|Audio, Jesus Shaped Community, Kingdom of God, Missional Living, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation|

"God's love is what we are created for and living lives of compassion are what He invites us to." From my sermon Everyone Gets To Play: Being People of Mercy and Compassion What does it look like to live lives of mercy and compassion? Recently, I shared the following message at my home worship community, during which I looked at: what compassion is, how mercy and compassion is at the heart of God, His invitation to us to us, and how we can cultivate it in our lives.

Solitude is a Place

By |2019-05-16T23:49:30+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Solitude, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation|

"Silence and solitude [is] the medicine for curing, among other things, deep distraction." - Chris Hall Lately, I've been rethinking and praying about what solitude looks like for me. As an introvert, I love (and thrive in) quiet. It re-energizes me. It fills the tank. However, I've found over the years (especially now) that it must be more and more intentional, and I believe that rings true regardless of temperament. Factors that change the landscape of our ability to find solitude range from where we live (i.e. living in the city, in a dorm, etc.) to having kids, as well as having networks of relationships, and yes, even technology effects our ability to find it. It [...]