J. Todd Billings is a theology professor who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in the fall of 2012 at age 39. His book, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ, is a collection of his theological and personal reflections in light of his terminal disease. Whether one likes it or […]
It has been said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Jana Riess’ new book Flunking Sainthood is an encouraging word to those of us who have approached traditional spiritual disciplines with good intentions, only to end up frustrated by failure.
Richard Rohr’s deep and profound Christian reflection on the distinct nature of male spirituality points us to the God who is free and wild – the God we cannot control or manipulate. This is difficult for men to receive. This language makes men feel useless, impotent, and ineffective.
More is not always better. Therefore treasures, riches, and wealth should not be solely defined in material categories. Will you choose the better way of simple faith, love, and gratitude? Or will you stumble through life, grasping at all the stuff? Don’t make the mistake of getting everything you want but nothing you really need!
We believe what we do not completely understand or feel. Because of this, we are tempted to establish more “certain” criteria to evaluate our spiritual state. Through a preoccupation with legalism, mysticism, or ascetism, we lose focus on Christ… and become proud, self-centered, and exclusive.