Spirituality (Page 3)

Spirituality (Page 3)

The Taming of the Passions – Fasting

The Taming of the Passions – Fasting by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection One of the most recognizable spiritual rituals in Christianity is the practice of fasting. Voluntarily giving something up can mean many different things to different people. For some, fasting from food gives them a twinge of bodily pain come mealtime that reminds them of those who go without because they have to. That same bit of pain can remind others of the pain Christ went…

 Blessed to be a Blessing – Almsgiving

Blessed to be a Blessing – Almsgiving by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection Service to others, or putting others before oneself, is an integral part of the Christian life, expressed most acutely in sharing ones goods with those in need. Sharing and offering are not limited to those who look, act, think, or believe as you, but instead, generosity is extended based on need. God’s covenant to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, that through Abraham all nations of the…

Introduction: The Way

Introduction: The Way by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection The earliest moniker for Christianity was “the Way.” The Way was understood to be Jesus’ teaching and lifestyle, coupled with the spiritual meaning of his life, death, and resurrection. Theology was a part of the Way, but always in connection with action. The Way was the way of Life. Christianity was foundationally a new way of living which embodied the Kingdom of God not in some otherworld, but in…

Star Word: Squandered Advantage

Star Word: Squandered Advantage by Amy Lee Carpenter, Director of Communications Star Word Story We’ll be publishing stories of Star Words throughout the year. If you’d like to submit your musings on your Star Word, please send it to Amy Lee Carpenter, Director of Communications, at amylee@stpaulchurchky.org. If you need a Star, just pick one up at the Information Center the next time you’re at St. Paul! by Amy Lee Carpenter, Director of Communications Star Word: Advantage When I was young,…

God is Speaking

God is Speaking by Cullen Hornaday, Director of Spiritual Formation Words are powerful. They have the power to bless or to wound, to inspire or to discourage, to create or to destroy. In Genesis, God speaks the world into being in six days, “And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.” John’s Gospel begins with “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus is called the “Word of God, the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious…

Year of our Lord

Year of our Lord by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection Anno Domini. “The Year of Our Lord.” We hardly think anything of those two letters preceding the official dating of years, but AD means a lot more than just a demarcation of time. Before the AD dating system became widespread in the Medieval Period, dates were usually calculated based on the rulers at the time. This caused widespread confusion, because people from difference principalities, ruled by different kings,…

The Arts at St. Paul Depict the Gift of Christmas

I want to tell you the ultimate story of social justice. 2000 years ago, a King was born. Born in the midst of the most common circumstances. Word of this wonder made its way to kings and peasants. They were all offered equal opportunity to view this child, to feel the wonder, to share in the great hope that they are loved –in equal measure – and that they are offered abundant life. We know this story. It has been…

Dawn is Breaking

Dawn is Breaking By Amy Lee Carpenter, Director of Communications To my knowledge, humanity has never been separated from fear, anger, or loss. The ancestors of our ancestors worried, like we worry,  they have been hurt, like we get hurt. Crack open nearly any page of any history book and there is a story of tragedy, a reality that probably shook our predecessors to the point of quaking and asking “how could this happen?” We face a personal loss or loss of…

Kindness

Kindness By Amy Bishop, Director of Children and Family Ministries Kindness [kahynd-nis], noun the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate a kind act What goes around, comes around. And with kindness this really seems to be true. Research shows that when we give to others it activates the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust. Altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain and boosts happiness for us as well as the people we help. When…

Making Him Known

Making Him Known By Jim Rittenhouse, Associate Director of Music Ministries It was one of those things that suddenly hits you. “THIS is what I want people to know when I am gone.” Just days ago Janet and I attended the funeral of a good friend — a former choir member at a former church, a singing colleague, one of our daughter’s first employers, and a special spirit. The church was full, not just with hundreds of his friends and…