Ancient Practices (#4b) – Pilgrimage

Camino-de-santiago-pilgrimage The concept of pilgrimage refers to a journey or search of great significance. Adherents of many religions participate in pilgrimages today. Jews go to Jerusalem while Muslims go to Mecca. Christians through the centuries have also at times made pilgrimages to places such as Jerusalem, similar to what the Jews did in Bible times for the great feasts. 

For us who follow Christ today, it is important to realise that there is no particularly holy places or holy sites we need to visit.… Read the rest

Ancient Practices (#4a) – the Liturgical Year

Images-18 This coming weekend, we continue with our "Ancient Practices" series. We will be looking at two unique practices: The Liturgical Year and Pilgrimage. 

The English word "liturgy" means "a form of public worship, a particular arrangement of services, or a particular form or type of communion service." Every church tradition has some form of liturgy, whether it is formal or informal, planned or more spontaneous, joyous or reverential.… Read the rest

Dallas Williard – Spirituality

Willard_2As we are talking about "Ancient Practices," I thought it would be worth re-posting this article on Dallas Willard and "spirituality."

In June 2005, as part of my Doctor of Ministry program with Fuller Theological Seminary, I participated in a two week intensive course on Spirituality and Ministry with Dallas Willard.… Read the rest

My Favourite iPhone Apps

Images-17 I recently changed my mobile phone from a Nokia E71 to an iPhone 3GS. I really liked the Nokia, especially the keyboard, which was so easy to use. The iPhone is pretty cool but I am taking a while to get used to the touch screen … and the automatic word correction.… Read the rest

Ancient Practices (#3) – Fasting

Images-16This coming weekend, we will be looking at another ancient practice used by followers of Christ for centuries – fasting. Jesus himself fasted for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry, releasing great power into his ministry. He expected that his followers would fast from time to time too.… Read the rest

Ancient Practices

Images-13 Disciples have it as their goal to become like their master – Jesus. This was Jesus’ clear intended goal for his followers: "follow me, learn from me, take my yoke upon you, follow my example, make disciples, teach them to put into practice everything I have taught you." Only as we experience genuine personal transformation will we see the social transformation we all seek.… Read the rest

Irony

Irony is a form of humour that has been around for a long time. The dictionary defines "irony" as a "rhetorical device, literary technique or situation in which there is an incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident meaning of words or actions."

Maybe looking at a few signs will easier to explain.… Read the rest

The Ancient Paths

Images-12 The prophet Jeremiah lived and ministered in a time of growing spiritual apathy and moral decline. Despite repeated warnings, God's people were drifting away from Him. As a result, instead of being a positive influence on the surrounding nations, they were becoming just like them.… Read the rest