Prayer as Conversation

Prayer as Conversation

I’m always grateful for Dallas Willard’s insight that a relationship with God is interactive. We can think of prayer as conversation. Prayer is being with God. It involves listening and speaking. It is a dialogue. A little practice that sometimes helps me enter into...
Ash Wednesday: The Gift of Lent

Ash Wednesday: The Gift of Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the first day of Lent. For years, that would have been completely lost on me. “What in the world is Ash Wednesday?” Most Baptists like me back in the day would have seen it as a “them” practice. Definitely not for “us.” But now I am...
Contemplative Prayer in Real Life

Contemplative Prayer in Real Life

In recent years, I’ve come to find the practice of contemplative prayer especially helpful. Sometimes it’s just simply being quiet in God’s presence for fifteen minutes. Sometimes it’s allowing a biblical phrase to be a place to which I keep bringing my attention back...