Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

Jill DuffieldSpiritual Practices

Recognizing God right in front of us can be a challenge. Jesus, seemingly irritated with the disciples, asks, “Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and faith to hear? And do you not remember?” (Mark 8:18) The risen Christ’s refrain to the seven churches in Revelation repeats that message: “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Seeing the work of God … Read More

Photography as a Spiritual Practice

Susan E. MoorefieldSpiritual Practices

In the world of Instagram and selfies, it is hard to imagine that photography could even be suggested as a spiritual practice. Everywhere you go, smart phones are photographing everything from a foot-long chili dog at the ballpark to a squirrel wearing a pink dress. When phones are not photographing other things, they are often turned on their owners to snap the latest tattoos, pretty drinks, or famous celebrities nearby. On his visit to the … Read More

Wired That Way

David M. CsinosSpiritual Practices

Several months ago, I traveled to St. John’s, Newfoundland, to speak at a weekend youth retreat. As is typically the case with youth retreats, the final evening was slated to be a social time, and the leaders had planned a coffee house in a room at their church building. Before the coffee house time, however, the schedule read “spiritual practices.” I asked one of the leaders what this hour-long component of the program would consist … Read More