I first heard Rob Bell speak at Wheaton college when I was a student there. The way he spoke was electrifying to me. It opened up worlds of possibility.
He said things I hadn’t given voice to. It was refreshing to hear my thoughts spoken aloud. To realize, I’m not alone.
I’m finding the same thing to be true while reading his latest book, Everything Is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here. There are so many things he says that resonate with me at a deep level.
Reflecting on his time as a pastor, several years after starting his own church, he…
Curiosity is an antidote to despair.
Despair is the spiritual disease of believing that tomorrow will simply be a repeat of today. Nothing new. The future simply an unbroken string of todays, one after another. But curiosity, curiosity disrupts despair, insisting that tomorrow will not be a repeat of today. Curiosity whispers to you, You’re just getting started…
I didn’t want to live my life wondering,
I had seen people do that.
They had something nudging them in a particular direction, but they didn’t follow it. …
My relationship with caffeine is full of ups-and-downs like anyone else who’s ever tried to quit coffee. I used to drink three cups of coffee a day. One before breakfast. One after. And one in the afternoon.
I went through my cream & sugar, black, dark roast, light roast, single origin phases. Wawa, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, locally roasted at the hipster coffee shop. French press, hand-grinder, scale, pour over. Don’t-really-care-as long-as-it’s-strong, extremely-picky, not-so-picky-anymore.
I rarely thought seriously about quitting coffee until I speculated that caffeine was aggravating some health issues I was working through. …