S.N. Goenka and Vipassana Meditation

I chose to study and follow up on this Buddhist teacher and style of meditation because of all the spiritual disciplines, I feel that this one has had the most profound practical impact on me, despite the fact that salvation and time spent with the...

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BOOK: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

In my World Religions class at Fuller Theological Seminary, I have focused on learning about Islam. I’ve read and listened to more books than I care to mention, and of course, realize how much more there really is to know. But one of the best books...

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Reflections in my visit to a Mosque

Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq is an Afghani mosque in Hayward, California. It is a smaller replica of the well-known “Blue Mosque” or “Herat Great Mosque” in Herat, Afghanistan. I drove into the parking lot for Friday prayers, and found a small market selling some eastern...

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My idea of a Sunday Church service

It’s no secret that I am discontent with the way we Christians do church. Sundays involve: passive listening instead of active participation education instead of training unidirectional communication no real time of significant fellowship People’s time is precious, and what little time we do have...

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Getting Things Done

If you’re like me, you really want to accomplish great and fun things in your life, but you never quite muster up the focus, energy, and skills to get it done. Like me, you read the occasional productivity blog from some guru, then sit down...

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Prayer while feeling rushed in daily living

O God Forgive me for this busy prayer Atop my business like a layer Of dust upon my uncleaned shelves Abandoned by my cleaning elves. Hear my superficial cant Atop my awkward stumbling gait Half-witted like my untied shoe Have mercy as I wretch towards...

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Reflections on a 6 hour silent retreat

I spent my silent retreat in the outfield at my local community sports park, and was not interrupted until the last hour of my sit, at which time I took the opportunity to walk around, then walk the mile and a half home, continuing my...

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REVIEW: Islam by Braswell

George W. Braswell Jr.’s Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics and Power is a concise yet fairly comprehensive introduction to the history, doctrines, and practice of Islam. Braswell, a Baptist professor of missions, has spent the majority of his career understanding and teaching on the beliefs...

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