First Day: Just Checking In

I really don’t have anything new to share with you as we begin the month of March.  We continue in the season of Lent, and when we come to Holy Week, I will suspend the traditional themes and (as last year) focus upon this special time in our walk with Christ.

If you use The Upper Room in your daily devotions, you’ll find an essay from me in the Prayer Workshop section of the March-April edition.  If you do not get a paper copy of the devotional magazine, you can find it online at  Just click onto The Upper Room, and when that home page comes up, look for “In This Issue” at the top.  It will take you to the page where you can click onto the Prayer Workshop.  I write on the topic of “Courage to Keep on Praying.”

NewPastors ( is up and running.  We have assembled a good team of writers for the blog, and we have a small group joining us on the journey.  Don’t forget to spread the word about this “ministry to ministers” through your social networks, and especially with clergy you know personally.  And remember….you do not have to be a clergyperson to follow NewPastors.

Jeannie and I have a “whole two months” of retirement under our belts.  Almost every day, one of us says, “What’s not to love about retirement?”  It is a blessed season of life that allows us to stop, look, and listen without the stress of the past and future impinging upon the present moment.  We have found it to be “expansive” and just plain fun.

Because of that, I am simply not thinking a lot about the future of Oboedire right now.  I’m sure that will happen eventually.  But for now, I plan to continue the ministry pretty much as you find it.  And I hope that you find it to be a blessing.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to First Day: Just Checking In

  1. Cindy Schutz says:

    Yes, absolutely, it is a refreshing blessing to my soul and one of ways God speaks to me. Thank you and yes I hope you and Jeanne are enjoying ‘retirement’. Thankfully you are still ministering and growing and on the journey with us all. Thank you for letting us come along:)

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