Spiritual Disciplines: The Backbone of Freedom

Spiritual Disciplines: The Backbone of Freedom

The spiritual disciplines are not magic. They are certainly no guarantee of life unsullied by suffering, error, or outright failure. This I know from experience. Neither are the disciplines a strategy to obtain brownie points from a stern God whose only joy is to suck the life out of everything that is fun to do. I suspect that the spiritual disciplines, in themselves, have little value. But they are, I think, related to Paul’s confidence that, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1). And though we don’t normally assume a corollary between discipline and freedom, I hope to make the case that the two could hardly be more closely related. And to better understand my meaning, we only have to take this out of the realm of the spiritual and look for a similitude in the physical.

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NEW TO THE TABLE…

NEW TO THE TABLE…

..beauty almost always has a subtext of sorrow. Great beauty knows that behind God’s gladsome salvation which promises creation’s liberty, there is the heaviness of sacrifice borne by the One who absorbs our folly so that we may flourish. Beauty knows, in the end, that Love is terribly costly.

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HEARING IS BELIEVING: NEW CD BY MALCOLM GUITE

Malcolm Guite | Songs & Sonnets | Audio CD producer: Roy Salmond executive producer: Steve Bell Anyone who knows me knows of my enthusiasm for the work of English poet Malcolm Guite. Honestly? —if anyone bothers to write about me after I’m gone, I imagine...

Easter Sunday: Matter matters

“Redemption doesn’t mean scrapping what’s there and starting over again from a clean slate, but rather liberating what has come to be enslaved.”

ASH WEDNESDAY : Deeper Considerations

“I felt strongly called, even as I made the ash, to make this Ash Wednesday a day not only to begin my walk through the wilderness with Jesus, but also a day to begin to care for the wild places that He created and we have been destroying…”

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