Spiritual Formation

By Katye Crawford

Recently I’ve had a hard time praying with words. It’s been one of those seasons when words just aren’t enough—they seem trite and uninspired, and they just don’t get at the heart of what I’m trying to say to the Lord.

By Drew Larson

Ash Wednesday is the most honest day of the year. Honesty is what kick-starts the cycle of grace. When the process is working well, it’s almost instantaneous.

By Josh Harper

It wasn’t so much that I was opposed to longstanding traditions in the church when I was younger. It’s just that they were never talked about. Ever. I hardly knew they existed.

By Bobby Gross

As we mentioned last week, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 13, the day after Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday!). All around the world, millions of Christians will participate in a church service or liturgy that somberly underscores our mortality as creatures and our sinfulness as human beings. 

By Lisa Rieck

One month ago today, 16,000 of us were pondering Calisto Odede’s insight into Luke, lunching at local St. Louis restaurants, talking to leaders from hundreds of missions organizations, and . . .

By Jessica Fick

One month ago today, as I stood on the Dome floor at Urbana 12 and filled the orange World Vision bag with bars of soap, latex gloves, washcloths, and anti-bacterial cream, I thought about my sister-in-law Rachel.

By Kurt Bullis

I have two daughters. One is four years old, and the other will be two in March. Most nights, at least one of them will wake up needing a bottle or a diaper-change or comfort from a bad dream. And rare is the day when my wife and I get to sleep in past 6:00 a.m.

By Kasey Kimball

Why is this day different from other days? Why is it that on all other days I set an alarm, but on this day I sleep in and take an afternoon nap?


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