To Be a Spiritually Focused Church

Once upon a time, a small town that had been historically ‘dry,’ awakened one morning to find an empty storefront on Main Street opened as a bar. The Christians planned an all-night prayer meeting asking God to intervene and close the bar. During that night, lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground. […]

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To Be a Spiritually Renewing Church

Amidst the hillsides and farms of southern Indiana, sets St. Meinrad Archabbey. Dr. Bill Leonard guided my second visit to St. Meinrad, in 1982. My first journey to St. Meinrad was seven years earlier, as a university student majoring in religion. Our professor took us there for a three-day spiritual retreat with Benedictine monks. I […]

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To Be a Spiritually Literate Church

Can we talk? I am not impersonating the late comedienne, Joan Rivers. My question calls us to be fully honest as we begin our journey to Easter Sunday. Our six-week pilgrimage through Lent is an annual invitation to spiritual renewal that begins with honesty. As days ‘lengthen’ (lencten), the curtains of darkness are pushed back […]

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