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18/07 July 2018

Spiritual practices for the year: Submission

by Marion Van Driel   One of the first words children learn is ‘no’. Early on we clearly convey what it is we want and don’t want. Inherent to our human nature is the emotional – if not physical – defiant stamp of the foot, protruding bottom lip, collapse and wail – whatever it takes […]

18/06 June 2018

Spiritual practices for the year: Solitude

by Marion Van Driel   Being alone is uncomfortable. Being alone in total silence can be terrifying. And yet, solitude is considered a spiritual discipline. In his bestselling book, Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster writes, “Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude . . . Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.”  Our dependence […]

18/04 April 2018

Ignoring those shiny, colourful billboards

by Frank King I’ve been reading a blog by Derrick Miller, who wrote about his trip in and out of Christianity and, finally, to atheism. Derrick makes some good points about the challenges of being a Christian. Among them: •   The difficulty of reading and comprehending the Bible; •   The challenge of living […]

18/04 April 2018

Spiritual practices for the year: confession

by Marion Van Driel “Just as I am, without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee O Lamb of God, I come, I come.” One of the key themes of Lent is confession. In the days leading up to the passion and death of […]

18/01 January 2018

Spiritual practices for the year

by Marion Van Driel   While countless resources on living the Christian life are available, a comprehensive book by Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, thought to be a classic throughout much of the church, lays out 12 spiritual practices considered central. Foster  categorizes these 12 practices into inward, outward and corporate disciplines. He contends that […]