Monthly Archives: November 2010

Gleanings: Wonder

Madame Jean Guyon (1648-1717) helped me years ago to discover the sense of wonder which must attend any spiritual formation.  She wrote, “If knowing answers to life’s questions is absolutely necessary to you, then forget the journey.  You will never … Continue reading

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Listenings: “Cave In”

Everything stops when miners are trapped in a cave in.  The world prays, and the mining company literally “moves heaven and earth” to reach those who are entrapped.  The whole world pays attention when it hears the words, “Cave In!” Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Connections: Jan Richardson

As I get older, I am increasingly convinced that spiritual formation is better viewed as an “art” than as a “technique.”  Jeannie has taught me more about this than anyone, and I see her creative, right-brained spirituality expressing itself every day in … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: November 28,2010 (Year A)

Read:  Matthew 24: 36-44 Meditation:  “Keep Watch!” Christmas pageants and parties may blunt our realization that the Christian year begins (in all three lectionary cycles) with Christ’s second advent, not his first.  We tell the Gospel story against the backdrop … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day seems like a good time to reflect upon gratitude.  In his book, Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen wrote, “You have to celebrate your chosenness constantly.  This means saying “thank you” to God for having chosen you, and “thank you” … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Perspective

We’ve spent quite a bit of time interpreting Acts 20:28 in relation to pastoral ministry.  We end our examination with Paul’s reminder that the church has been “obtained with the blood of His own Son.” Exegetically, this is the grand story … Continue reading

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Gleanings: True Holiness

Francis Schaeffer influenced millions of people in the 1960’s (and beyond) with influential books and his ministry center at L’Abri in Switzerland.  Near the end of his life, he gave a retreat for clergy, and I was given copies of the … Continue reading

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