Loving God 201, Part 4: Fourth Rule of the Spiritual Life

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Raphael – Madonna and Child (Norton Simon Museum)

Ever since Plato, it has been tempting to equate “spiritual” with “ideal” – to imagine that spiritual growth is a way out of the pains and sufferings and frustrations of life. And many a well-intentioned person has taken up the life of prayer in the hope of transcendence (escape?).

But perfection does not belong to this age. And prayer that seeks escape is of no help to true growth in love.

In this episode we take up Kirk’s Fifth Rule of the Spiritual Life:  There is no ‘perfect’ (at least not this side of Jesus’s return). And perhaps find some comfort that perfection is not the goal…



This is a sermon that was originally presented at Canvas (a Presbyterian church in Irvine, CA), May 3, 2015. 

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