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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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Reading Julian on Good Friday Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jason Lief
The Royal Way This article explores the connection between food and spirituality in Scripture and in various Christian traditions, arguing that both come together to build a spirituality of food that maintains health and feeds contemplative prayer. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Kathleen Mulhern A Church of the Ages? This article discusses the historical spiritual practices of the medieval church, describing which practices are direct responses to Scripture and what wisdom modern Christians can take from medieval spirituality. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Jason Byassee A Spirituality of Acts Steve Walton reviews the scriptural evidence of spirituality in the book of Acts. It is missional spirituality, "for those following God and engaging in the mission that God initiates and drives." Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Steve Walton Faithful Spirituality In the face of the cultural buffet labeled "spirituality," Brian Peterson's commentary on I Corinthians 12:3-13 makes some important claims about the Spirit through which the church lives, and about the shape of faithful spirituality. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Brian Peterson Passionate Spirituality A sermon starter about Mary and Martha that challenges an easy distinction between prayer and service, suggesting instead that passionate spirituality takes many forms. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Sermons That Work Author: Charles Hoffacker The Spirituality of Jesus: Stop and Go? Too often missional activity can fall into the realm of mere pragmatism and activism if it does not take disciplines like spirituality, formation, sabbath rest, and listening to the Spirit in its stride. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Karina Kreminski The Interface of Spirituality and Theology Using the writings of Leontius of Jerusalem (d. 543) and Theodore the Studite (d. 826), this Catholic article considers the link between theology and spirituality, suggesting that Christology is inextricably linked to soteriology, and precedes it. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Nicholas Senz The Spirituality of Giving The power, meaning, mandate, and goodness of giving are all part of this article that explores its spirituality. The resource includes references to Scripture, questions, and thorough exploration of the topic. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Gender, Trinity, and Missional Spirituality The central concerns of feminism are the central concerns of Christian spirituality: pursuit of a whole, just, compassionate, and embodied way of being in the world. Len Hjalmarson explores the intersection of gender and Christianity. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Len Hjalmarson Should Spirituality Always Trump Practicality? This devotional on Ezekiel 46:9 suggests that all have gifts to contribute to the body of Christ, and God has formed the body so all of us matter. Deep spirituality is not incompatible with realistic practicality. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The High Calling Author: Mark Roberts Full Text Hymns on Spirituality Walk with MePD
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7 Ways Missional Spirituality is Different than Christian Spirituality In this article, Christians are encouraged to practice Missional Spirituality, or an integrated way of living which points to the resurrected Jesus manifesting in us and calling us beyond ourselves towards the reconciliation of all things. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Karina Kreminski Human Spirituality Jason Lief gives a brief, but powerful commentary on hyper-spirituality in the modern church in his personal reflection in this article. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jason Lief Quaker Spirituality: How Can We Serve Unless We Listen? Grace Adolphsen Brame writes on the legacy of Quaker spirituality, those within the Friends tradition, and their gift and challenge to all Christians of all time. Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: Grace Adolphsen Brame Trends in Baptist Spirituality E. Glenn Hinson reports on trends in Baptist spirituality, both positive and negative, including individualism, accent on conversion, a dearth of models and means for the cultivation of piety, and various approaches to spirituality. Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: E Glenn Hinson A Spirituality of the Ascension This article considers a spirituality of the Ascension. Reflecting on Acts 1:8, it reflects on waiting and time, suggesting that time is a great healer. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The Sunday Website Author: Ron Rolheiser Conjugal Spirituality A Catholic article about "conjugal spirituality" that suggest spousal union is sacramental because it makes visible the invisible reality of God’s spousal love for God's people. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Christopher J. Stravitsch The Good News About Our Longings: Sexuality and Spirituality This article by Rich Villodos is about how sexuality and spirituality need to be brought together in the church where it can be understood that sex is a gift to be enjoyed that points to God.... Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Rich Villodas The Secret Sauce of Spirituality Michael Bos reflects on the inauspicious beginnings of the Society of Jesus and a strange virtue that is their "secret sauce to spirituality": indifference. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Michael Bos
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