Tag: hope

  • Dark Night of the Soul

    Most of us are familiar with this term. Many have experienced a true, dark night of the soul. All of us can relate to times when our journey was at least a “dim night of the soul.” The phrase originated with St. John of the Cross who contemplated this from prison. He spoke of “how […]

  • Seeking God’s Direction

    “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.”        Thomas Merton Can you relate to this thought? Do you sometimes wonder what God’s direction is for your season or even your life? […]

  • Thriving in Babylon

    I live in South Africa. Our president has multiple wives, has had numerous trials for corruption and other crimes, and it has been proven he used millions of public money for his personal house. Even so, compared to some other presidents around the world, ours is a saint. The multitude of Facebook comments from America […]

  • Not All Checklists Are Bad

    I hate checklists for spiritual growth. They lead towards a works orientation and a focus on being performance-based. When a recent church service message started with a “Checklist for Spiritual Zeal” I was concerned. 6 commands from Ephesians 5 were restated as questions. Each one had an emphasis on not having a “hint” of such […]

  • Grace and Obedience are Friends

    The relationship between grace and obedience can seem tenuous at times. An over-emphasis on grace with no thought to obedience can lead to antinomianism, hyper grace, or as some would say “free, cheap grace.” Focusing on rules and commands as a means to gain the favor of God can lead to rule keeping, law, and legalism. […]