spiritual discernment

The difference between deciding and discerning is a spiritual process that doesn't judge, but instead sorts matters in ways that can discover many beautiful things, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


An encounter with a mentally ill homeless man gives Theresa Weaver the gift of discernment along with a bracelet made from what others would consider trash. Read more


If prayer is genuinely getting closer to God, then being uncomfortable while praying could mean that you're allowing yourself to be vulnerable to God's direction, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Practicing Faith

Rising interest in the ministry of spiritual direction holds out hope for positive changes in the declining institutional church, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith

Perhaps General Conference offers delegates a time to listen for God's guidance about the church's future, just as the first church conference in Jerusalem ponder the inclusion of Gentiles into a previously Jewish sect, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

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Contemplating the turning of the year, the Rev. Jim Parsons seeks God's revelation for how to live his life as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Read more

Practicing Faith


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The criticism of heretical "continuing revelation" trumping Scripture doesn't hold up to the collective discernment of entire groups of Christians who come to a new, God-inspired understanding of the Bible, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith