Virtues & Choices

Inspiration from E. Stanley Jones

Excerpts from E. Stanley Jones devotional classic, Mastery, week 3 We come now to consider some facts among the apostles showing the Spirit had not yet been given. True, they had a measure of the Spirit, but he had not…

The Changing Meaning of the Life Course

Freidrich Schweitzer in a book entitled, The Postmodern Life Cycle,cites a German study that vividly reveals drastic changes in what the life cycle has come to mean for people living in highly developed countries. Following is an abbreviated synopsis of Schweitzer.…

Avoiding the Failure to Launch Syndrome

Avoiding the “Failure to Launch” Syndrome (2 Tim 2:2) With the bowl of “Extra butter” microwave popcorn, adequately topped with extra melted butter (race you to heaven!) and the homemade lemon Slurpee™ that I crafted in my “Magic bullet”™, my…

Mastering Our Jerusalem

Mastering our Jerusalem: The charge to face our most difficult problem (The following is an excerpt from E. Stanley Jones devotional classic, Mastery, week 4. It continues his discussion of what happened to the disciples following Pentecost) We have seen…

Seeing What They Saw

I really hate the “Happy Birthday Jesus” thing that happens around Christmas time.  I know – the slogan is well-intended.  It is, in a sense, an attempt to do what missionaries do all the time – to contextualize the gospel. …

Practicing Sabbath

At the suggestion of a dear friend and confidant I was recently encouraged to read Wayne Muller’s book titled Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives. I started it as part of a Fall sabbatical and with a…

The Eternal Quest and the Eternal Finding

Excerpts from E. Stanley Jones, MASTERY, week 5 and 6 But someone asks: Why Jesus? Why not go to God direct? Why a mediator at all? The answer is that no one goes to God direct. God has to be…