Monthly Archives: July 2010

Connections: Renovare

In 1978, Richard Foster emerged as a leader in Spiritual Formation through the writing of his book, Celebration of Discipline.  Several years after that, he launched the Renovare ministry.  It continues to this day as a vital and vibrant contributor … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: August 1, 2010 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 12:13-21 Meditation:  “The Peril of Self-Talk” You cannot read this passage without noticing how many times the pronoun “I” appears.  It Jesus’ way of showing that the problem between the brothers (and the larger issue of life itself) … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Asking for the Impossible

The contrast between President Obama’s victory rally in Chicago and his current approval rating is startling.  But it is not surprising.  Whenever our opinion of our leaders decreases, our cries for reform increase.  We are bombarded daily by voices calling … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Little Things For God

In his classic The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence wrote, We can do little things for God. In a “more is better” world, we so need to hear and heed his words.  We need to discover the … Continue reading

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Listenings: Where It All Begins

Spiritual formation is the result of two foundational dynamics.  The first is that God exists and desires to have a relationship with us.  The second is that we are made to receive and respond to that desire.  From those twin convictions … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Slow Down!

In his book, The Way of the Cross, Francois Fenelon wrote, It is utterly selfish that we desire to attain perfection so fast.” These words cut against the grain of any spiritual life that has a “quick-fix” mentality attached to … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Called To Be Saints

I was leading a workshop in a church in the midwest.  I announced that my subject in the session was going to be, “called to be saints.”  A man sitting near me up front spoke up and said, “Well, I’ll … Continue reading

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