I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra.
Homilies: Discipline, Temptation, God's Slowness, Wonder, and Reconciliation
This set of five Catholic homilies for the Lenten season focus on discipline (Luke 6:39–45), temptation (Luke 4:1–13), the slowness of God (Genesis 15:5–12), wonder (Exodus 3:1-15), and reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17–21).
Practicing the Discipline of “Thin Slices of Joy”
Karina Kreminski recommends, as a discipline, "paying attention to the beauty, truth and life that often quietly disrupt our daily lives." This practice can facilitate joy as a gift of the Holy Spirit.
A Surprisingly Simple Spiritual Discipline for Restoring the Soul
MaryKate Morse reflects on tidying (putting one's physical surroundings in order, in companionship with God) as a spiritual discipline that can also restore order and bring rest to the soul.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
A Yes That Remains Yes
A devotional reflection from Taizé on Revelation 3:14-22. Christ is God's definitive "yes" to human beings, but following him means being called to endure difficulty and discipline as we strive to grow out of spiritual mediocrity.
Offertory Prayers and Invitation
This is a series of four Offertory Prayers by Ken Sloane, based on Hebrews 9:11-14, 24-28, 10:11-14, Revelation 1:4, and 21:1-6. Included is an Invitation to the Offering and a digital image.
The Discipline of Discerning the Holy Spirit
Karina Kreminski suggests that we can learn "the discipline of discerning the guidance of the Spirit" in community - by sharing our experiences of listening to the Spirit and helping each other interpret those experiences.
Full Text Hymns on Discipline
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Other Voices - quotations about the gambling culture
Quotations about gambling culture from varied sources such as The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the Washington Post, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Remembering the Dead Rightly
Remembering the dead rightly—with love that is undistorted by our passions—is a difficult spiritual discipline. This study guide offers biblical and spiritual reflection, discussion questions, and liturgical elements for remembering the dead rightly.
Discipline and Accountability in a Church Shopper's Market
This article reflects upon Church Discipline, noting that discipline can both shape us and correct us, and encouraging a model of church discipline that seeks what’s best for both individuals and the entire group when possible.
History of Hymns: “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory”
This offers background and commentary on Thomas Troeger's (b. 1945) 1994 hymn: “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory.” Combining faith and science, the hymn focuses on the Transfiguration narratives (Matthew 7:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36).
Discipline Is an Indispensable Ingredient
Jamie Jenkins uses the example of the extensive daily practice of a basketball star, to illustrate the importance of discipline for growth in the Christian life.
Writing as a Spiritual Discipline
This article is about viewing writing as a spiritual discipline. This discipline is put into place by writing to examine oneself before God and not writing to indulge oneself.
Discipline with Justice
Mark D. Roberts uses Jeremiah 46:28 to reflect on how God’s discipline is always done with justice and concludes that one's own dispensing of discipline should be accompanied with instruction and love.
The Spiritual Discipline of New Year's Resolutions
Chris Schoon explores how new years resolutions can be a spiritual discipline as we remember what God has done in our lives and anticipate what God will yet do.