Prayer, Bible Study, and Going to Church are the trifecta of spiritual disciplines in protestant evangelical Christianity. That’s the branch on the limb on the tree where I build my nest. And the green grass grows all around.
Maybe these are the three spiritual disciplines with which you are the most familiar, too. They are fixtures for good reason. But the thing is, they could be more like art than fixtures, with nuance, light and shadows, depth and animation.
Has the trifecta ever grown stale for you? Does guilt sometimes become more of a practice than prayer?
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun catalogues seventy-five spiritual disciplines in her Handbook. This week we’re going to branch out onto other limbs and explore disciplines that don’t get as much press.
Like the sacraments, spiritual disciplines are an outward expression of an inward faith. The disciplines embody our inner life and work out our salvation. They are not fixed. Some disciplines may be life-long, and others turn with the seasons and stages of our lives as we yield to the transformation the Spirit works in us.
Our deep hope for you this week is that you will find yourself more fully in the freedom realm more often, experiencing the Trinity in the nuances of the trifecta or on a whole new limb.
Then come share your wisdom, experience, and art for spiritual disciplines at The Grove beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.