All posts in Spiritual Formation

Unsatisfied Living Leads Us to True Hope

World War I was a monumentally devastating conflict that permanently altered the world’s landscape and international relationships. New technology made soldiers more efficient killers than previous generations could have imagined, and somewhere around 10 million men were killed and injured in trenches in Europe and on battlefields throughout much of the globe. Ultimately, thirty-two countries […]

Blessed Are the Cursed?

An important element to living with sustainable faith, to being expectantly unsatisfied, is understanding that what we experience is life under curse. Praise God that curse is temporary, and we are right to rejoice in this. But while it lasts, we are also right to grieve it. Living with the consequences of sin is supposed […]

Here’s One Way Unsatisfied People Are Blessed

If you’ve been reading or listening to what I’ve been saying about my new book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied, you might have questions about it. After all, being unsatisfied doesn’t sound like a blessing. But it can be, for several reasons! I’ve recorded a short video with some thoughts on one of the ways our […]

How Sustainable Is Your Faith?

Since I graduated from college and went into my first real career job, I have demanded too much of my work. This is completely different from demanding too much work from myself; it’s about asking my work to satisfy me in ways it won’t. My work is an important part of my life, as I […]

Jesus Doesn’t Want You to Be Satisfied…Yet

Open a search engine and type, “It didn’t make me happy,” and you’ll find stories of people getting married, getting divorced, having a family, finding and losing jobs, converting to one religion or another, gaining and losing weight, making money, giving it away, moving from one place to another, reaching career goals. You’ll find story […]

Unsatisfied: A Sneak Peek at My Brand-New Book!

Back in my preteen and teenage years, I first found I just couldn’t buy into some of the prevailing stories I often heard repeated in my broader Christian community. These messages were too simple, too neat in their claims—including the claim that Christians should be happier than everyone else, fearless, and consistently radiant in our […]

This Year, Harness the Power of a New Perspective

In 1546, Italian physician Girolamo Fracastoro proposed a theory that epidemic diseases are caused by transferable tiny particles or “spores” that could transmit infection by direct or indirect contact or even without contact over long distances. This was an entirely revolutionary idea. His theory laid the groundwork for germ theory, which revolutionized science and medicine […]

Guest Post: A Personal Retreat for a New Year

My friend Jen Manglos is a writer, a spiritual director, and a retreat expert (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her work). She has created and led retreats in a variety of settings, for many different groups and individuals. And she has generously created a personal […]

This Christmas, Find Freedom in Being Unsatisfied

Imagine it’s Christmas Day. Your loved ones have gathered; the children have shaken, weighed, and squeezed every package under the tree; and now it’s time to open them. Everyone settles in, the gifts are distributed, and the room resounds with the noise of tearing paper. “Thank you! It’s just what I wanted,” someone cries. “Wow, […]

Stewardship Is about Way More Than Money

We litter our own yards with plastic figurines and wrap lights around every object that will serve: trees, light poles, bushes, and buildings. We listen to the same music over and over, year after year, and we sing with gusto about horses, buggies, sleighs, and bells as if these were common to our everyday experiences […]

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