Opinion | Discipleship
Stepping Back Before Speaking Out
In solitude, we turn our face toward God who so loves this world.
In solitude, we turn our face toward God who so loves this world. Such times of solitude and silence are not turning our back to the world and its needs but turning our face toward God.
Opinion | Discipleship
Weary in the Wilderness?
Pray, and don't give up on people.
There is nothing glamorous about the teachings of the wilderness. In solitude and isolation, we learn how to do the internal work, how to surrender to God.
Why Public Intellectuals Need Their Ivory Towers
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s departure from 'The Atlantic' reflects a growing crisis: Our digital age inhibits reliable and enduring insight.
public intellectual. “I'm a writer. I prefer solitude,” he explained, speaking of his preference for a certain “distance from the struggle.”. With these statements
Opinion | Sexuality
How to Evangelize Your LGBT Neighbors
When Christians live communally, outsiders find intimacy within the family of God.
church. This means that while there is solitude, there is no chronic loneliness. This means that birthdays and holidays are spent with your family of God.
Opinion | Discipleship
Pilgrim’s Progress: How Restlessness Leads Us to Jesus
Exile is part of the Christian experience. But our wandering is not without a destination.
faithful Christian pilgrim. Spiritual pilgrimage describes the pursuit of communion with God through prayer, solitude, and contemplation. While moral
Opinion | Family
Has Attachment Theory Made Us Anxious Parents?
How gospel truth and global perspective free us from guilt-inducing expectations.
When I take time away from them to nurture the wellsprings of my own life—exercising, feeding my marriage, practicing silence and solitude—they benefit.
Opinion | Church
Six Ways to Support and Challenge Those Who Leave Church
How churchgoers can journey with their “done” brothers and sisters.
church. And that faith does not survive or thrive in solitude.”. I don't know if my friend will ever come back to the church, but I pray for her, anyway. When
How to Binge Watch Like a Believer
The acclaimed cultural critic Andy Crouch says parents, not kids, are the key to a tech-wise family.
develops wisdom? In terms of the core spiritual disciplines, I think of solitude, silence, and fasting as well as communion, conversation, and feasting. None
Opinion | Sexuality
Finding My 'True Self' as a Same-Sex Attracted Woman
In my young-adult struggle with sexual identity, both legalistic condemnation and progressive license left me floundering.
relationship is a possibility for me. My choice to faithfully live as a single Christian doesn't mean that I have a lifelong sentence to solitude. If a godly man comes
Opinion | Discipleship
Lent, Unplugged
In a time of digital consumption, here’s how the church can lead the way on healthy media fasting.
We do this as humans, and we do this as Jesus would do: By honoring the Sabbath and holding space for silence, solitude, rest, and contemplation. By being transparent.
Opinion | Family
Give Your Kids the Gift of Absence
Time and attention are not the only ways to bless our children.
Time and attention are not the only ways to bless our children.
Opinion | Family
Dishes, Diapers, and a Deeper Faith
Discover the hidden spiritual opportunities in motherhood.
With a bit of creativity and imagination, all of the classic spiritual disciplines—like worship, prayer, silence, solitude, community, evangelism, Bible study, fasting, and more—can be re
How Sewing Saved My Sanity
I took up quilting as a hobby. I had no idea it would become a tool for soul care.
The commitment, single focus, and solitude of quilting remind me that I live in a real, physical world where my decisions have visible impact on my surroundings, mistakes must be
Opinion | Pop Culture
Still Restless, Though I Rest in TheeSubscriber access only
'Mad Men' reminds of a universal truth and an abiding hope.
Or perhaps because young women are often socialized to believe that once they marry, they can somehow escape a solitude that is ultimately inescapable, a solitude that marriage and
Opinion | Pop Culture
Searching for the Sound of SilenceSubscriber access only
A writer’s struggle with "quiet time."
I suspect that if centuries of faithful— if troubled—souls like myself have bothered to practice silence and solitude and highly focused prayer, then I should figure out how to make it work
Opinion | Sexuality
What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?Subscriber access only
In both marriage and singleness, our bodies are not just for ourselves.
What is the world, O soldiers? It is I: I, this incessant snow, This northern sky; Soldiers, this solitude Through which we go Is I. —Walter de la Mare, “Napoleon”.
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Transforming HabitsSubscriber access only
Why spiritual disciplines are worth celebrating
So I read Foster's catalogue of classic spiritual practices: meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.
Opinion | Pop Culture
15 Books That Are Good Enough to GiveSubscriber access only
Holiday book list: Her.meneutics writers recommend their favorites.
Nouwen's call to move from loneliness to solitude, hostility to hospitality, and illusion to prayer helps reorient our hearts in a busy season. - Liuan Huska.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Redeeming the Race DiscussionSubscriber access only
Brenda Salter McNeil on what it will take for our nation to heal
Other spiritual disciplines, like silence, solitude, repentance, or forgiveness, also enable us “because this work of reconciling taxes us on so many levels that we can't do it in our own
Opinion | Family
When Marriage Interferes with Your GoalsSubscriber access only
Does submission mean sacrifice?
This takes good, old-fashioned, hard work. Maybe you're the introvert who needs to sacrifice a couple nights of solitude for community-driven activities.