If I were to have a favorite book format, it would be the “dismantle and suggest” format. It’s a common format, one that challenges what we think about a subject, and gently, or sometimes not so gently, dismantling that belief system. At it’s best, this format then suggests a way forward, though not necessarily providing a rigid alternative that leaves nothing to the imagination of the readers.… Read more
Ruth Haley Barton in Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
Jesus offers a deeper vision for spiritual transformation. It begins with his gateway invitation: “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Mt 5:3). We never get beyond this. We can never transform our own hearts. God does the work. And we keep receiving his mercy and surrendering to his power.
Matt Woodley The Gospel of Matthew: God with Us
Long before we had kids, my wife and I were on a trip to the mall. (After you have kids, time with just the two of you is far too precious to spend at such a soulless place.) We were visiting one of the many women’s clothing chains and she was looking to find a top to match a skirt she had bought in that store the year before.… Read more