God is a consuming fire–is that a good thing?

Every Californian knows that we have a fifth season in our state: fire season. Our nearly non-existent rainfall and our protracted stretches of hot weather turn certain parts of our state into a veritable tinderbox that almost always ignites. Some years the fires cause scattered evacuations but little actual damage, and other years, like our […]

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Loved

This essay was taken in entirety from a prayer devotional that our high school pastor, Steven Draeger, wrote for our students for their time this week at camp. It is beautiful, and I hope it speaks to your heart as it will no doubt speak to theirs. Know you are loved! You are God’s beloved. […]

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Consolations and Desolations

Recently at Grace, I talked about a spiritual practice called the Examen, a reflective prayer built around two polar sensations: consolations and desolations. St. Ignatius of Loyola developed the prayer in the 1500s, and it has become a staple practice for people who love connecting with God through some of the more contemplative streams of […]

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Christian Hedonism (it’s a good thing)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (a summary of Christian beliefs from England in the 1600s) describes the ultimate purpose of mankind this way: “The chief end of man (men/women) is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” That’s a pretty remarkable statement. Our ultimate end/purpose is to enjoy God forever. I’ve known a lot of Christians […]

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Athletes and Artists

You are supposed to be both. For the masterpiece of your life to truly unveil, it will require the disciplined striving of an athlete and the detailed touch of an artist. In Acts 24:16 the Apostle Paul declared, “I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.” The phrase “take […]

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