A Meditation on the Orlando Shooting
This latest attack is part of a pattern, and the pretext for a remarkable prayer.
A Meditation on the Orlando Shooting. This latest attack is part of a pattern, and the pretext for a remarkable prayer. Mark Galli| June 12, 2016. A Meditation on the Orlando Shooting.
Spiritual Longing on the Silver Screen
How the makers (and watchers) of movies are engaged in a kind of prayer.
For each movie he analyzes, he finds a matching category of Christian prayer—praise, yearning, lament, anger, confession, reconciliation, obedience, meditation and contemplation
Do We Need a Stronger Word for 'Faith'?
Why theologian Matthew Bates would have evangelicals profess ‘allegiance’ to Christ.
Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He is the author of Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering (IVP Academic).
The Fight for Social Justice Starts Within
What Jason Russell and John Ortberg learned about the souls of activists.
around the world. Every staff member spends the first 30 minutes of the workday in silence—for prayer, meditation, and spiritual reflection. IJM also gathers
Do We Treat Sunday the Way the Earliest Christians Did?
Historian Justo González charts how observance of the Lord’s Day has changed over time.
Furthermore, he argues, “there is no expectation that on the Lord's Day one is to rest from one's labors, and to devote all the time to prayer, meditation, and the study of Scripture.” That
‘The Leftovers’ Explores the Fallout of a Godless Rapture
As it enters its third season, the acclaimed drama continues to take a long, hard look at our responses to loss.
and Perrotta are much more concerned with those “left behind.” The Leftovers, in other words, isn't an exploration of how or why the disappearances happen, but a meditation on the
The Science of Sinning Less
What new research reveals about self-control and willpower.
(Think of Muslims fasting during Ramadan or Buddhists sitting in meditation.) Also, while religion can promote self-control, it could also be the case that self-control promotes religiosity.
Has Mindfulness Supplanted Thoughtfulness?
Love always requires sacrifice.
It's a form of the rigorous Buddhist meditation called vipassana(“ insight”), or a form of another kind of Buddhist meditation known asanapanasmrti (“awareness of the breath”).
The Bible’s Clarity Should Be Evident in Our Lives
God met me in the clarity of his Word—then came the hard part.
I could have imagined. This took me into study and meditation on the whole of the Bible, not just the Gospels or the New Testament. Sixty-six books of
Singleness: My Only Companion
I've never been in a serious relationship despite my desire to one day marry. God is teaching me to hold that desire loosely.
It took years of prayer, meditation on God's Word, discipleship, biblical counseling, and a deeper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ to graciously lift the wickedly stubborn root
Why Adult Coloring Works for Christians
I mocked the coloring book trend, until I discovered it for myself.
Craig Sawchuk, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic, told The Washington Post that coloring can help relieve stress, but that like yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques
Chose to Linger
Reflect: Read Psalm 119:27. What specific factors or distractions tend to prevent you from focused time of meditation and lingering on Scripture? Pray
Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Asks What It Really Costs to Follow Jesus
Martin Scorsese adapts Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed novel about faith, mission, and suffering.
According to Scorsese, the Pope told him he had read Endo's novel and said, “I hope the story of the film, knowing the book, bears much fruit.”. A Meditation on Missiology.
Surviving the Wasteland of Faith
Years after my dramatic, unlikely conversion, it seemed God had gone silent.
When imaginative prayer became routine, I tried out guided meditation (I found an app called “Pray as you go”), then contemplative prayer (a disaster).
An Evangelical's Guide to the Enneagram
What's behind the popular self-assessment tool making its way to your church.
complicated. Prayer walking, guided meditation, and lectio divina can wield wonders in the hands of a mature Christian, counselor, or spiritual director.
Church Apps: Distraction or Attraction?
How two Georgia churches are using mobile technology to connect to a new generation of churchgoers.
churches have traded their places of sanctuary and contemplative prayer for “spaces drowned with light and noise” and “emotional spasms.” He praises solitude and meditation as a
Rest Through Dependence
In our good desire to serve, we can sometimes minister out of our own strength, neglecting basic necessities of rest, prayer, meditation, and worship.