Words and Meanings

In case you have questions about some of the terminology used on this site, I have some answers here. If you have more questions, please send them via the Contact Page.

What is a "mystic"?

You can probably find hundreds of definitions about what a "mystic" is. To be a Christian Mystic is to be aware of God's presence in our lives. ... read more

How a mystic approaches the Bible

Reading the Bible as a Mystic can be a different experience from how you have typically approached the Word. ... read more

Referring to major Bible divisions

Many refer to the two major sections of the Bible as the "Old Testament" and the "New Testament." For some, the words Old and New carry connotations of being out-of-date (old), or of hierarchy (new being better than old). Biblical scholars use the term "Hebrew Bible" for the Old Testament, to honor the Jewish roots of Christianity and to recognize both its current importance in the Jewish faith and the original language in which it was (mostly) written. Biblical scholars use the term "Christian Bible" in reference to the New Testament, which describes its place in Christianity, but also eliminates language that makes it sound better or more important (new versus old).

Referring to God

God has no gender, which makes using a pronoun difficult. If one cannot use "he" or "she" then we are left with "it" which, somehow, seems to be inadequate. Those wishing to avoid these inadequate pronouns will often substitute "God" in place of the pronoun, which can sound, at time, awkward. Some will use both he/she pronouns interchangeable, to give equal time to both genders. I tend to avoid those because of my belief that God is neither, and will substitute "God" instead.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the process where one person accompanies another as they seek to deepen and clarify their walk with God.  ... read more


The lectionary is a pre-selected collection of scriptural readings from the Bible that can be used for worship, study or other theological uses. The Lectionary follows the liturgical year in a 3-year cycle and provides scriptural recommendations that complement the current season of the liturgical year. Current and upcoming lectionary readings can be found here.

Liturgical Seasons

When we refer to the liturgical seasons or the liturgical year, we are referencing a centuries-old way of ordering the calendar by special biblical events such as the birth of Christ (Christmas) or his resurrection (Easter). The Christian year, or liturgical calendar, begins with Advent, the season in preparation for the birth of Christ. Various seasons of special emphasis are associated with colors, which are often used in decorating the church or in special clothes or stoles worn during services. A very simple explanation and image are found here. A much more detailed explanation is found here.