First Day: Decisions for Oboedire

Hello, Everyone!

I want to begin by wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas.  I pray that your celebration of Advent will be a means of grace for you and yours.

As you know, I have been in a time of discernment about this blog site.  I have found that one word is resounding in my heart, and I am going to act on it: the word is  “Simplify.”

My tendency has always been toward activism, and with that bent, it is easy for me to add one thing after another.  I feel I have done this with the Oboedire site.  Each addition has felt right at the time, but the “total” has become wearisome.

I have decided that on January 1, 2012 I am going to return to one post per day, rather than two or more.  We’ll continue to follow the same topics in the weekly pattern, but everything else will return to an occasional status

I have also made the difficult decision to immediately discontinue “Journey in the Word.” I have enjoyed reflecting on the Bible with some of you each evening, but having to write a reflection in relation to Stott’s meditation has become challenging.  I hope you will continue to let Stott bless and guide your exploration of Scripture, but I do not feel that you need a second meditation from me.

“In-Sight” will continue on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons until the end of 2011.  I have pre-written enough pieces to carry it through December.  After that, “In-Sight” will become an occasional posting.

So, beginning tomorrow—only the original series of morning posts, and two “In-Sight” pieces on Tuesday and Thursday.

I’m going to trust that “less is more,” and that a return to the founding vision may, in fact, strengthen the ministry I pray is occurring through Oboedire.

I want to thank you for visiting the Oboedire site.  Many of you have formed a kind of online Oboedire “family” by your regular involvement.  I look forward to continuing the journey with you in a simpler way.  And as always, as you think of others who might benefit from the kind of postings found here, please introduce them to Oboedire.


About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to First Day: Decisions for Oboedire

  1. Ed says:

    Thanks Steve, I like the one post per day as well…it allows me to focus better on that particular message….

  2. Tom Pope says:

    Steve, I concur. I read the blog daily usually through my email. Sometimes I have a hard time keeping up. Thank you for the example you are setting in being transparent. Pride forces us to do more even though we know we are to simplify. Your example has helped me today.

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