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Spring 2022 - Volume 17, Issue 1

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Physical Matters

We asked Navigators and some of our friends to talk about how they see their physical selves affected by the goodness of God.

Christians resonate with the sacramental: our physical selves and practices often demonstrate spiritual realities. Jesus’ extreme act of just being with us in human form closed that gap, redeeming it all. We’re called to live into redemptive transformation in every aspect of our lives—from race and rest to sexuality to fitness and nutrition. 

 
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The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increase
awareness of your body in worship.

The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increase
awareness of your body in worship.

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The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increaseawareness of your body in worship. Pull up Psalm 46 in your favorite Bible-listening app (YouVersion, YouTube, etc.), or ask a friend to try this with you. Sit comfortably—perhaps with your feet flat on

Glorious Eggs and Toast: How Embodied Spirituality Counteracts Trauma

After working through a layer of trauma in my story, I distinctly remember being ridiculously excited about eggs in the morning. Somehow, the prospect of being able to wake up and make myself scrambled eggs filled me with a deep, irrational joy. It was as if God had enriched all

Postures and Progression of the Gospel: Reflections through Art and Race

During my sabbatical in 2020, my friend Robin (Klapheke) Jones excitedly asked me if I had any ideas stirring for the painting I now had time, space, and motivation to do. Her question and enthusiasm spurred me out of my laziness, and several months later, out came a four-piece series

Embodied Spirituality: Giving Up Prayer for Lent

Back in college, I often lay awake late into the night, mentally scrolling through my ever-increasing prayer list. Sometimes I would drift into sleep, only to jerk awake at two a.m., horrified to realize I had missed praying for the last few people.

Hospitality for the Life of the World

God’s hospitality floods the pages of Scripture, and our embodiment of His Word enables us to join Him in bringing healing to people’s lives.

Does Fit = Faithful?

Revealing a false equation that results in disordered thinking, eating, and emotional attachments as we swap the balanced, kind care of our God-given bodies for the pursuit of cultural constructs of beauty and fitness.

The “Wow” of Spiritual Sexuality

I never set out to write on sexuality, God knows. But so many women in their twenties wept in my counseling office (and I, with them) about sexual experiences they regretted, I had to pick up a pen. I never expected, though, that study and writing on sexuality would crack

A Whole Lotta VUCA

In the mid-80s, the Army War College developed a term to describe the global environment at the end of the Cold War.  I use it in our household to describe ever increasing amounts of chaos, looking to my husband and stating with a knowing look, “That’s a whole lotta VUCA.” 

Eight Hours of Sleep

A colonel I knew said that when he was deployed to Afghanistan as a battalion commander, he made sure to get the best sleep of anyone in his unit. That seemed odd—shouldn’t he have worked longer and harder, sacrificing his rest for the sake of his soldiers? But he had

Presence: Face to Face

I survived two years as an EDGEr, an overseas mission trip to Norway, and most of my dating relationship with my now-wife, Heather—all without a cell phone. Shocking, right? What does it mean for us to be really present with each other?

 
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The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increaseawareness of your body in worship. Pull up Psalm

Embodied Spirituality: Giving Up Prayer for Lent

Back in college, I often lay awake late into the night, mentally scrolling through my ever-increasing prayer list. Sometimes I would drift into sleep, only to jerk awake at two a.m., horrified to realize I had missed praying for the last few people.

Does Fit = Faithful?

Revealing a false equation that results in disordered thinking, eating, and emotional attachments as we swap the balanced, kind care of our God-given bodies for the pursuit of cultural constructs of beauty and fitness.

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The Embodied Experiment

Want to see how your physical posture affects your spiritual experience? Try this contemplative exercise to increaseawareness of your body in worship. Pull up Psalm

Embodied Spirituality: Giving Up Prayer for Lent

Back in college, I often lay awake late into the night, mentally scrolling through my ever-increasing prayer list. Sometimes I would drift into sleep, only to jerk awake at two a.m., horrified to realize I had missed praying for the last few people.

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