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.
Sadie, the Prayer Dog
Commenting on Luke 13:1-9, Alyce McKenzie encourages us to heed the parable’s urgent call to repentance - and not miss out on joy!
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.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
Disciplines: Responding to God’s Grace
This article considers spiritual disciplines as intentionally responding to God’s grace-filled step of love toward us by inviting him to manifest his life through us.
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.
On Silence and Losing Control
Daniel Camacho reflects on his experience of incorporating spiritual disciplines, and specifically the practice of silence, with an academic course.
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.
Discipline before Freedom
This illustration shows that true Christian freedom cannot be separated from discipline. Only the artist who has mastered the technique can freely respond to the vision and inspiration of the moment.
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.
Full Text Hymns on Discipline
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Life in God’s Kingdom
What is needed is a theology of the disciplines for the spiritual life. We need a foundation, a practical, workable theology of them. We must understand why the disciplines are integral to meaningful life in Christ....
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).
Reconciliation is a Discipline
In this interview, Pie Ntukamazina, a Burundian Anglican bishop, talks about reconciliation as a discipline, suggesting that people will continue to suffer If the church does not take part in poverty reduction and ignorance reduction.
Why Practice Spiritual Disciplines
This audio commentary discusses the meaning and rationale of the disciplines of the Christian life. We are saved by grace, but grace leads us to practices that help us stay spiritually healthy (Titus 2:11-13).
From Fast Food to Gourmet: Spiritual Disciplines
Tricia Brown discusses the topic of spiritual disciplines. Many of us attend church regularly, but do not practice spiritual disciplines the way we maybe could. Tricia focuses on prayer, Bible study, and giving.
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.
Spiritual Disciplines 101
Spiritual practices are the regular habits by which Christians intentionally participate in and enjoy grace. Phil Reinders explains why grace and effort are not incompatible and encourages Christians to engage in spiritual disciplines.
What are Spiritual Disciplines?
Carol Jacobs introduces the concept of spiritual disciplines and outlines the biblical foundations for these disciplines.