Crosswalk's Top 12 Spiritual Life Features for 2011
- Tuesday, December 20, 2011
What do I do if the world ends?
How do I get over my paralyzing perfectionism?
What lessons do we bring home with us from vacations to exotic or wild lands?
These questions and more were at the center of the best selections from our collection of enriching spiritual life content on Crosswalk this year.
These twelve articles were all posted to Crosswalk's Spiritual Life channel during the last twelve months, and ranked by pageviews.
12 How to Develop a Faith of Leap, by Whitney Hopler
This article, based on Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch's book, The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure, and Courage, (Baker Books, 2011), focuses on teaching us to take the risks God has called us to take. Playing it safe wasn't was Jesus was about, so neither is it what our calling involves.
Key quote: "Remember that you play a role in the greatest story of all, and it’s urgent that you act. God has given you an important part to play in the great story of what He is doing in the world. If you don’t take action to do your part, the story won’t be the one God wants to write, and our fallen world will suffer even more."
Do you find yourself gravitating toward a joy that is more "safe" than "full"? You're not alone. And those aren't the only things people get wrong about joy.
Key quote: "I deserve joy because of who God has destined me to become, not because of who I am now. Because of God’s perfecting work in my life, I can enjoy joy without embarrassment for my past or the present faults."
10 How to Revise Your Life's Script, by Whitney Hopler
Ever feel like you're working off the wrong script for your life? Like your words and actions aren't the ones authored by God, but by someone else? Good thing God specializes in revisions and re-writes, which is the idea behind Frank Viola's book, Revise Us Again: Living from a Renewed Christian Spirit, (David C. Cook, 2010).
Key quote: "Christians who aren’t staying close to enough to Jesus to refuel often with His love can fail to love others as He wants them to... Guard against behaviors such as judging other people’s motives, excluding some Christians from fellowship because of different personal opinions, viewing your contribution to Jesus’ kingdom as if it was more important than Jesus Himself, refusing to live with diversity among Christians, and believing that you’re most righteous and holy than other Christians."
9 8 Steps to Meeting God in Silence and Solitude, by Whitney Hopler
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