J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Our Greatest Fear and Deepest Desire

Do you want to get closer to God? It is very human to say yes. It is equally human to say no.

Spiritual but Religious Anyway

Do the church’s problems stem from being too religious or not religious enough?

A Christmas Baby Reflects on the Meaning of Birthdays

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8) Confession of a Christmas Baby Back in the days when store check-out clerks examined drivers licenses before accepting checks, my birthdate often elicited the response, “A Christmas baby! You poor thing!”  The birth of Christ presumably spoiled my Christmas Eve birthday as […]

Vote with Love: Politics and Purity of Heart

What does spirituality have to do with your vote? Everything.

Love Knows the Incomprehensible God

Recall an experience too wonderful for words. Was it God? Love? Both?

Coronavirus and Your Spiritual Life: More Than Coping

On drawing nearer to God during the coronavirus crisis.

Knowing God Whom You Cannot Prove

Analysis paralysis about God’s existence can chain you to your chair. Here’s a meditation on taking the leap.

Reacquaint Yourself With Yourself This Season

How to make the most of the season.

“We Pray and Live As Well As We Love”

A few simple words on prayer, life, and love to guide the life of faith.

Cleansing for Life with Augustine and Me

Is life just a long cleansing?