Opening Up

The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity.  I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me.  I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up

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I heard a Fly buzz…

…everywhere.  Much apology to Emily Dickinson and her lovely poem, "I heard a Fly buzz—when I died," but this is now one of my great fears: I will never escape all the buzzing and instead will die and still have houseflies buzzing in my final resting place. It is really hot in Savannah and my … Continue reading I heard a Fly buzz…

A Life of Prayer

Do you remember God first reaching out to you?

Mitch Teemley

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I just found out that yesterday was my country’s National Day of Prayer. The occasion, once widely covered by the media, is now a side story at best. But no matter. For believers, every day is a day of prayer.

I often say,“I am a writer” because that is something I do with great passion. I’m less inclined to say, “I am a weed plucker” or “I am a shower taker” because, even though those are things I do, they are not what I’m about.

But even more than writing, even more than being a husband or a father, I am about following Jesus. God is not one of the things in my life, he the thing. More accurately, he is the focus of my life. Everything I do—writing, filmmaking, husbanding, fathering—is about knowing him.

Hey, he started it.

Forty-two years ago, sensing that God might just exist and…

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The Christian Soul: Mindfulness

I am taking my time this week with writing. Be on the lookout maybe this week, maybe next sometime soon on Chasing Unicorns. When you read that, you will probably see a connection to this piece by a blogger I’ve only just started following today. I especially like his description of his experience, but I also relate to his call to writing and wondering if there’s space for that in a Christianity that prioritizes “doing.”

D. Patrick Collins

This is our final essay in the series The Christian Soul. Look forward to our new series on The Christian Mind, coming soon 🙂


mindfulness:  noun. The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also such a state of awareness.

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