If you want to grow as a saint don’t quest after high intensity, impactful (I hate that word) events that will catapult you into the company of the holy apostles. Instead, look soberly at your life. God has given you very ordinary ways to be transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus. In the reformed tradition we call them the ordinary means of grace.

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A spirituality for exiles

August 27, 2014 — 1 Comment

The reformed theological tradition–from Calvin to Keller–offers incredible resources of thought and practice to sustain the Christian faith through the coming storm.

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My day was rearranged

August 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

Guys, I was planning on finishing and posting my second article in the depression series today. Unfortunately, I arrive at the office to discover that it was a crime scene. The church was broken into last night. No one was hurt. A few things were stolen. It totally rearranged my day.

Thanks for being patient while I finish this next post, in which I explore the difference between what we could call clinical depression and spiritual depression.

Till then,

Jeff

In this series, I offer thirteen things to do or not do as you care for a friend with depression. I’m basing the series on the work of Timothy Rogers (1658-1728) who was a minister and astute observer of depression both in himself and in those under his pastoral care. He wrote a treatise entitled A discourse concerning trouble of mind, and the disease of melancholy (1691). It is incredibly insightful, especially when you consider that it was penned prior to the beginning of what we might call, “modern medicine.”

I’ll post each Tuesday. If you’re interested in receiving posts directly to your inbox make sure and subscribe by following the link to the right. We’ll begin tomorrow with by discussing the difference between spiritual and physical depression.

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Get mad and do something

August 15, 2014 — 1 Comment

Ferguson police shooting

A wise friend–John Inazu–who teaches criminal law at Washington University in St. Louis has written an insightful piece about race and criminal law in St. Louis. I encourage you to pick up and read and consider how you might do likewise where you are:

John D. Inazu

“You spent too much time talking about race in this class.” Of all the student evaluations I’ve received over the years, this one rankled me the most. I teach criminal law. In St. Louis. It’s not possible to talk too much about race in that context.

In past years, our class discussions on race have centered on Trayvon Martin, or before that, on the kids shot up by Bernie Goetz on a New York City subway. From now on, the example will come from much closer to home.

In the coming weeks, we will have much to say about the tragedy, chaos and anger surrounding the death of Michael Brown. Among the most important issues will be the connection between law enforcement and race. That is not to say that all police officers are evil or that all black youths are innocent. But it is to insist that criminal justice and racial injustice are intrinsically linked in this city and its surrounding communities. And the injustices that manifest in handcuffs and bullets flow out of the injustices of neighborhoods, schools and shopping malls — all linked to issues of race that nobody in this city likes to talk about.

Read the rest here.