It is my prayerful hope that Christians will embrace the current cultural fascination with mindfulness practice, and lift up the ways that the Church has always encouraged this practice and given it a deeper and broader context in spirituality.
A Facebook friend recently asked me, "Hey Carl, what are your ten top books on meditation?" So here's my answer. I hope this is a useful list. I've listed the books in the order in which I would recommend them.
Everyone wants peace, Francis, but they do not know the source of this peace. You must teach them. Real peace comes only from a peaceful heart! And a peaceful heart comes from finding so much God inside that there is no room for anything else but peace.
To say Christ does not need Christianity is like saying a farmer does not need agriculture. If by agriculture we mean Monsanto and McDonald's, then perhaps the statement is true. But if by agriculture we mean the practice of farming, then the statement is an oxymoron.
Lent provides an opportunity to practice our religion -- our Christianity -- off the mat; we take our church "state-of-mind" home for the entire month. In living with our God off the mat we make our relationship with God our own.
Jesus makes it clear that emotional authenticity is the basis on which we build our spiritual relationship with God, because God knows our true identity inside and out. Jesus invites each of us to enter into this kind of integrated life.
Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And our deepest desire, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.
In late summer 2007, I interviewed Dr. Hinson for the religious satire magazine The Wittenburg Door. Contract signed and article sold, it was to appear in a spring 2008 issue; instead, the legendary magazine vanished into the night.
I can see that the lake I am standing in is part of an important system that gives life and beauty. It makes me feel like I am a small but significant part of all Creation. Connected, it is not difficult to think of loving my neighbor.
Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And the deepest Christian desire, planted within us, is our desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.