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Nov 142014

Over the next few weeks I will be moving some website content from my website at to this blog at Mostly they will involve new pages that will show up in the main menu on the blog. The ultimate goal here is to combine the two sites into a single site.

If you haven’t read the material on the website I encourage you to take a few minutes to review each page as it is added.  As usual we invite your comments.

Aug 302013

I now have a Facebook Author page entitled No BS Spirituality for the Rest of Us. It is located at In the future I will be posting about my previous book: Choosing Authenticity: Religion Is Not Enough. I will also be posting information about the book I am writing Turning Around: The Work of the Spiritual Journey. As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be blogging this new book so I will be posting actual content as it is written.

Please visit that page and like it so you will receive email notifications when a new piece is posted. I encourage you to read each piece and offer your comments and suggestions. I will review every comment and make changes as appropriate so your input can make the book better.

Apr 062013
Richard Teaching

Richard Teaching

I will be teaching a class called Developing Your Personal Spiritual Practice: What Do We Do In Our Time Apart, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7046 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23111, beginning on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM and ending on June 9th, 2013.  There will be no class on May 20, 2013.

Our traditional church services starts at 11:15AM so you can attend the class and still have time to attend the service

There will be teaching, reflection, sharing, discussion, and quiet time for contemplation.  Come and join us as we explore this important topic.

For more information contact the church office at 804-746-5081.



Developing Your Personal Spiritual Practice
What Do We Do In Our Time Apart

The Introduction
Getting to Know Each Other and the Topic

Developing Our Practice
Observing What Happens To Us In Our Time Apart

Marking Transitions

What We Bring To Our Practice

Applying Analysis and Reason

Seeking Guidance, Strength, and Courage

Being Open and Listening

The Living
Prayer without Ceasing


Jan 072013

Richard will be preaching this Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7046 Coldharbor Rd., Mechanicsville, VA. The title of the sermon is “What is prayer anyway – Really?“. There are two services. There is a Contemporary Service that starts at 9:00AM in the gym in the basement around back and a Traditional Service that starts at 11:15AM in the main sanctuary. Everyone Is Welcome.

Jul 242012

Imagine a global security driven by collaboration — among agencies, government, the private sector and the public. That’s not just the distant hope of open-source fans, it’s the vision of James Stavridis, the Supreme Commander of NATO, who shares vivid moments from recent military history to explain why security of the future should be built with bridges rather than walls.


General Stavridis

General James Stavridis

In this video General James Stavridis, the Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe, talks about a global security plan based on collaboration.  On the one hand he acknowledges that military force is sometimes necessary, but he proposes that, in the end military force cannot bring us the security we seek in the 21st century.  He proposes a global security plan based on collaboration between countries, public and private agencies, and the public.  He talks about things like teaching Afghan soldiers to read, and to play baseball in addition to how to fight, and about building relationships through social media like Facebook and Twitter.  He proposes that building these collaborative relationships as being essential elements of a global security plan for the 21st century.

This from one of our top military commanders.  So why am I posting this on a blog about spiritual growth and about “Turning Around”?  Because many of the things he talks about are things we talk about as spiritual principles. They clearly talk about a profound “Turning Around” for, not only our military, but for all of us as nations and as individuals.  Suppose we, as a nation took his advice and his idea of “building bridges instead of walls” became the focus of both our approach to domestic policy and international policy.  If we can let go of all of our presuppositions and be open to General Stavridis’ message might not we see this as our nation growing spiritually?  Is the General essentially calling us as a nation to “Turn Around”, even though he is using different language?

Join the conversation.  Share your thoughts and insights.

Jul 102012

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia has created a new “Contemplative Sciences Center”.  The center will involve multiple departments in the university.  Some of the questions they hope to address are the following:

Can meditation, yoga or mindfulness training help nurses and teachers be more effective and resilient in stressful situations? Can such contemplative practices be part of a more effective treatment regimen for major depression, or for alcoholics in recovery?

What can we learn about the mind from brain scans of advanced meditators engaged in deep meditation? And what are the commonalities between advanced meditation and athletes or artists who report being “in the zone” – focused on only the present task and moment, performing efficiently and gracefully, yet with no conscious sense of effort or thinking?

I think the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes”, and I want to commend both the University and the donors, Paul and Sonia Jones, for making this development possible. I am frankly amazed that a major state university has created a university wide program focusing on the value of contemplation.

The following video is from the University of Virginia Website:

For more information visit the UVA Website.

You can also view a CBS News Interview regarding the creation of the Center.

Join the conversation!  What do you think of this development?  Post your comments below.


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