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Are the Spiritual Habits, and The Journey, a Form of Narcissism?

The September 2015 edition of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion arrived yesterday. I was drawn to the article by C.W. Huntington, Jr. “The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace.” (624-648) Huntington offers a commentary on the recent flourishing of “mindfulness based psychotherapy” and posits that this version of Buddhist […]

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What I Should Have Said About the Gospel Reading on Sunday

The Gospel reading that we attached to the sermon this past weekend was from Luke 13:1-9. The truth is that the sermon was topical—addressing the question “Why does God allow suffering?”—so it wasn’t intended to expound upon any particular passage. We chose this text because Jesus raises the question, but he doesn’t answer it. Honestly, […]

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The Paradox of Spiritual Formation

I read 2 Peter 1:3-7 this morning. This passage demonstrates the great paradox of spiritual formation. Faith is a gift from God. Everything we need is provided by God’s power, not ours. Our life in God is not the result of our work; whether it be acts of righteousness, a profession of faith, following the […]

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