Coffeehouse Contemplative Book Excerpt: Propane Altars

Below is an excerpt from my book, Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday. Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk who lived in Paris in the seventeenth century. He is not really known for any grand speeches, writings, or miracles, but instead something much more subtle: he wrote a brief classic work called The Practice ofContinue reading “Coffeehouse Contemplative Book Excerpt: Propane Altars”

A Prayer in the Wilderness

based on Matthew 4:1-11 Faithful God, at the beginning of this 40-day journey of introspection, we’re prepared to face our central temptations. When we are tempted to abuse our privilege, may we instead be humble. When we are tempted to exploit your name for prestige, may we instead heed our call to service. When weContinue reading “A Prayer in the Wilderness”

Five Reminders for a Meaningful Lent

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, officially kicking off the season of Lent. Lent is one of the holiest times of the church year, a season of 40 days and 6 Sundays leading up to remembering Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It also seems to come with some misconceptions from both observers and non-observers alike. I thought thatContinue reading “Five Reminders for a Meaningful Lent”