First Day (early): Happy New Year!

This Sunday, we begin a new year on the Christian calendar as we celebrate the first Sunday in Advent.  Looking at this as a “beginning” has caused me to think about the future of Oboedire.

When I began this blog, I was a full-time professor in seminary. Now, I am a year into retirement. The difference in status creates a difference in focus. I believe Oboedire needs to more-closely reflect my current reality. So, I am in a period to discern what that means in terms of blogging.

In December, it means two things….

(1) I will begin tomorrow a new lectionary series, this time based on the Old Testament lessons. To differentiate it from the completed three-year series of meditations on Gospel readings, I will call the new series “Ancient Wisdom.” It will come out each Saturday. The previous series is archived, and you can access it as you like by clicking onto the “Holy Gospel” category on the Home Page.

(2) We will complete our exploration of Henri Nouwen’s book, ‘Spiritual Formation.’ This, as you know, is posted each Monday under the “Listenings” category. I want to finish this review before moving on to something else.

Other posts will provide reflections on a variety of themes, with no particular cycle or day assigned to them.

Thanks again for being on the journey. Continue to help build the community by thinking of folks you believe would benefit from these kinds of posts, and inviting them to subscribe.

Blessings! Steve

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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4 Responses to First Day (early): Happy New Year!

  1. I am looking forward to your “Ancient Wisdom” postings.
    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Hello, Jannie! I am glad that Oboedire is a blessing for you. Regarding the lectionary meditations, I intentionally post them on Saturday so that they will not interfere with a preacher’s own encounter with the passage. I want folks to have their message before I offer mine. I have heard from pastors who work in parts of my weekly meditation into their sermons on Sunday, and I am blessed to know that. God bless you as you shepherd the flock that the Chief Shepherd has put into your care. Blessings! Steve

  3. Jannie Hofmeyr says:

    Dear Steve,

    I am a Methodist minister in South Africa, appreciating your meditations. Thank you for your ministry in this way.

    Is there any way in which your reflection on the Lectionary reading could be posted earlier than the day before the relevant Sunday so that preachers could make use of it in their preparation if they want to?

    Grace and peace

    Jan Hofmeyr

  4. so1937 says:

    I rather imagine we all can benefit from some “Ancient Wisdom.” I shall look forward to your postings.

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