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Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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Contemplative Tradition

McColman on the Christian Life

God is love. God loves all of us and wants us to experience abundant life. This means abiding in loveā€”love of God, and love of neighbors as ourselves. Through prayer and worship, meditation and silence, we can commune with God,... Continue Reading →

Underhill on the preparation of the mystic

Evelyn Underhill explains the first step on the path to contemplation: recollection

Underhill on practical mysticism

Evelyn Underhill unpacks her definition of mysticism as the art of union with Reality.

Merton on the Holiness of Creation

Merton explains how it is not material things that are evil, but rather our false self that forges sinful relationships with them.

More Hallesby on prayer

Ole Hallesby describes the second key to prayer: faith (and how it isn't what you think)

Hallesby on prayer

Ole Hallesby explains what prayer is and how a sense of helplessness is essential to it

Chambers on being of use to God

God can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God. The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship with Him that we maintain and the surrounding qualities... Continue Reading →

Julian on the sin of self-hatred

The reason we are troubled by our sins is because of our ignorance of love. We are most blind to this knowledge, for some of us believe God is all-power and able to do all, and that He is all-wisdom... Continue Reading →

Willard on How to Listen to God

Dallas Willard lays out "a formula for living with God's voice"

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