Jonathan Merritt On A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation

Jonathan Merritt On A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation

In his latest book, Learning to Speaking God from Scratch, best-selling author and religion writer Jonathan Merritt, discusses a chronic pain condition that left him “blurred” and “helpless like Job” (Merritt 96). In a recent post, Merritt adds that he sought out mindfulness meditation and yoga in order 

How to Make 2019 The Best Year Yet–One Breath at a Time

How to Make 2019 The Best Year Yet–One Breath at a Time

Today is the official Launch Day of One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Mediation.  Yesterday, This is My Body author and dear friend Hannah Shanks told me: “If we ever needed deep breaths and ways to hold onto ourselves, it’s now.” 2018 wasn’t exactly stellar. It’s hard to remember a year that was. 

Three Easy Steps to Beginning and Sustaining a Christian Meditation Practice this New Year

Three Easy Steps to Beginning and Sustaining a Christian Meditation Practice this New Year

Come December, I find myself anxiously gripping the Church’s new liturgical year in vain; the harder I hold on, the quicker its meaning sifts through my clenched fists. Though I say I’m going to go deeper in my daily devotional practice, I won’t. Though I vow 

Why Loving Your Enemies is Hard, and How You Can Do It Three Minutes at a Time

Why Loving Your Enemies is Hard, and How You Can Do It Three Minutes at a Time

This week, Pastor Brent Levy, of The Local Church and I recorded a short loving-kindness meditation break for Advent. Listen here.  From The Local Church: Advent means “coming” or “arrival,” and it’s a season in which we not only wait for the hope of Christmas and the coming 

What the Christmas Nativity Story is Really About

What the Christmas Nativity Story is Really About

(Featured image: Black Nativity, c. 2000, Xavier University) What the Christmas Nativity Story is Really About From New Dawning Light Advent Devotional, at Hope Rising, Day Twenty Luke’s Gospel account of Jesus’s birth is not a bedtime story that calms boogeyman fears. The Advent narrative is a 

How Stillness Can Sustain Our Activism

How Stillness Can Sustain Our Activism

This excerpt comes from my latest Sojourners piece. For Christians engaged in justice work, 2018 has been another dumpster fire. We’re exhausted. We’re feeling compassion fatigue. We’re clinging to hope. Activism at this speed is not sustainable, but many of us are unwilling to entertain the alternative.