How to Let Scripture Pray for You

How to Let Scripture Pray for You

Have you ever come into God’s presence to pray and only then discovered that your mind or heart have failed to join you there? What do you do then? Praying scripture has been central to my own spiritual formation, as well as key in my training of Christians...
Audio: Cultivating an Unhurried Heart

Audio: Cultivating an Unhurried Heart

I had a chance to preach from one of my favorite psalms a couple of weekends ago. I led an overnight retreat and then spoke at a friend’s church in Dallas. The message, “Cultivating an Unhurried Heart,” was rooted in Psalm 27. What was fun was that...
Legalism: How to Love God’s Law Without It

Legalism: How to Love God’s Law Without It

The first line of An Unhurried Life says, “I’m a recovering speed addict—and I don’t mean the drug.” Well, I’m also recovering from legalism. There was a time when I loved having clear biblical rules by which to measure myself and others, but I too often did this with...
Love: A Spirituality of Response

Love: A Spirituality of Response

Where does the spiritual life begin? What is its source? Too often, I have assumed that my life begins with me—my ideas, my plans, my initiatives, my work. In a letter to a friend, Thomas Merton spoke questions like these. His friend had mentioned her concern that she...
Restoration: Treasuring What’s Valuable

Restoration: Treasuring What’s Valuable

Restoration for a Treasured Possession There’s a world of difference between restoration and buying something new. I recently received a wonderful birthday gift—a brand new Pitt Minion NIV Bible in goat leather. It’s a treasure I hope to enjoy for the rest of my life....