Have you sacrificed spiritual growth for spirituality?

Mere spirituality is a substitute for what God wants of us.

Recently a prominent Christian leader made a comment that he knew people in overt sin who had “as good a spiritual life as I do.”1 When a Christian can say someone in wanton sin has as good a spiritual life as we do, we should be alarmed. Statements like this suggest we’ve sacrificed spiritual growth at the altar of spirituality. It is easy to make this exchange, so we must be vigilant. How can you know if you’ve sacrificed spiritual growth for spirituality?

Have you exchanged spiritual growth for spirituality?

Are Daily Devotional Books good for my quiet time?

Is my spiritual growth being managed by someone else's commercial goals?

Daily devotional books are found in almost every Christian home. It might be a monthly “Word for the Day” or an annual collection such as Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. For many Christians, these daily devotional books are their primary exposure to Christian writing. But are they a good tool for a daily quiet time? I don’t think so. Here are five reasons why these daily devotional books are inadequate for a quiet time.

Daily Devotional Books

Dump your phone: 10 reasons your paper Bible is better

The way you experience the Bible matters

The paper Bible has fallen on hard times over the last decade as smartphones have made a surge in appeal and Bible apps have become ubiquitous and (finally) usable. But there are still very good reasons why Christians should seriously consider giving the paper Bible the priority it once had. Let me explain.

10 Good reasons to dump your phone for a Bible

Here are the 9 reasons a relationship with God is not the goal of a quiet time

God's emphasis for us is not a relationship but holiness.

How do you feel about your relationship with God? Is that a good question? Should we trust the answer? What should we focus on in our relationship with God? What does it even mean to have a relationship with God? If we can’t answer these questions, it is likely that we are struggling in our Christian life because we’ve adopted an ambiguous understanding of what it means to have a relationship with God.

Here are the 9 reasons a relationship with God is not the goal of a quiet time.

Ask a Professor: Why have a quiet time?

Get insights into our quiet time and how it impacts us

You may have read how a Pastor answered the question, Why have a quiet time? In this article I decided to ask a professor, Dr. Jeremy Pierre, why is it important to have a quiet time? His answer is a little different, but he hits some very important points, partly because Dr. Pierre’s focus is a little more focused than a pastor.

Why have a quiet time? Dr. Jeremy Pierre

Ask a Pastor: Why have a quiet time?

What would your pastor say?

Why have a quiet time? Why is a quiet time important and what do I miss out on if I don’t have one? These are two questions I’ve asked of several people recently. This week I want to highlight the answer given to me by Dr. Jack Hughes, who pastors Crossing Church Louisville. How does a pastor answer these questions?

Pastor Jack Hughes: Why have a quiet time?

How should we understand Christian mystical experiences?

Common terms do not mean common worldviews.

Christian mystical experiences are often very attractive, particularly to modern Christians. Many Christians today are starved of genuine spirituality, and disillusioned with the highly rational and often experientially empty culture around us. This drove me to ask the question, how should we understand Christian mystical experiences? To answer this, I took a look at three individuals who are influential in the Christian mystical tradition to understand how their worldview relates to a conservative evangelical theology. 

Christian Mystical Experiences