Living the Life in Christ

Have you ever walked a labyrinth?

4.10.19  Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Have you ever slowly prayed your way through all its twists and turns seeking an answer from God? Walking a labyrinth can be a walking meditation or prayer. It can bring long-sought answers to the basic questions of your lives, if one walks it prayerfully and with intention. […]

Believe in and Follow Jesus

3.25.19 Would you describe yourself as a Catholic or Protestant or Evangelical or Orthodox or Independent or other kind of Christian? There seem to be so many differences among Christians and those differences appear to be more important than the one thing we have in common—our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. […]

Awed by the Early Spring

March 8, 2019   As I’ve been driving around Charlotte this week, I’ve loved seeing the flowering trees in bloom, but have been more struck by the leafless oaks and beeches and other deciduous trees which are not even budding yet. I see the pattern of branch and limb support, I see all the different […]

Recognizing God’s Voice

How do I know I am following God’s voice, His instruction? Isn’t it just as likely that I am following the devil or my own desires, not God’s will?   Here is what I have learned over 35+ years of following that “still, small voice”[1] of God’s.   We have to know what our own […]

Gratitude Is the Way!

Gratitude is the way   If we’re living the life in Christ and coming to dwell in His mind, one thing that really helps us proceed down this path is gratitude. Gratitude is the proper response to God for all that we have been given.   We could start with gratitude for the life we’ve […]

Confession

Confession of our sins is at the heart of Christian beliefs. How can we bring our whole selves—heart, soul, mind and body– before God in love, as Jesus commanded, without confessing all that we are, all that we have said and done that is contrary to His message, all that was done to us? How […]

The Wilderness

Last year I published a book about the Exodus story, Exodus is Our Story, Too! I spent a good four years researching and writing the book and one major thing I have taken away from that experience is a huge appreciation for the wilderness and what that bleak landscape contributes to our journey in Christ. […]

After Theology and Beliefs

Theology is the “study of religious faith, practice and experience; especially the study of God and of God’s relation to the world.”[1] Our first step into Christianity begins with understanding the Biblical teachings and where I, where we, fit into God’s relationship to His creation. We need to understand how our particular church or group […]

To have the same mind as Christ’s mind

Paul wrote to the Philippians: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.[1] To have the mind of Christ is a very difficult thing for us to understand. We think we have to do something, know something, generate something in ourselves, but that is not the task at all. This journey does start with believing in Jesus and aligning our lives with His. It involves the church, many different churches, but that is not the way either. Bible study is a big part of this journey, too, it’s important to know God’s word, as written and preached, but that is not everything, either.