About Oboedire

Oboedire (pronounced “oboe-deer-ay”) is the social media ministry of Dr. Steve Harper. It began in 2010 as this blog, and has since grown to include other features.

Rooted in the discipline of spiritual formation, Oboedire’s aim is to inspire attentiveness that leads to action. This is what the word “obedience” means, from which Oboedire is derived. Obedience is spiritual life that links contemplation and action.

Jesus described the contemplation/action link this way, “Happy are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice” ( Luke 11:28). Obedience is listening with the intention to enact what we hear. Oboedire seeks to foster attentive spirituality that is responsive to revelation.

While rooted in the Christian tradition, Oboedire appreciates and connects with insights from all the world religions. Oboedire is for anyone who desires to live more fully as a human being made in the image of God.

Oboedire currently includes these components…

Blogs….”Along the Way” is the main series. Other previous themes are re-visited from time to time. New themes are added as a need arises. All posts are archived on the Oboedire home page sidebar.

Podcast….”Heart Sounds” episodes are broadcast on Spotify, and on the “Heart Sounds” facebook page. The podcast uses the idea of our heart as God’s home. Episodes explore our spiritual house with the aim of living well. You can read more about this by clicking on the “Podcast” icon on the Oboedire home page.

Community….”Engage” is the means for this. It is an online expression of holy conferencing, an ancient means of grace still used today. “Engage” combines the common reading of texts with occasional Zoom meetings to share what we are experiencing. You can read more about this by clicking on the “Engage Group” icon on the Oboedire home page.

In addition to these basic features, Oboedire offers resource lists to assist you in your faith development. On the Oboedire home page you will find icons pertaining to “Formation Resources”…..”LGBTQ+ Resources”….”Christian Nationalism”….and “The New UMC.”

Oboedire blog series have been used by groups. The “Conversations” icon on the home page is a guide for doing this, and the “Major Series” icon will direct you to topics that have extended treatment and lend themselves to group study.

Finally, on the home page sidebar, you can see Steve’s books. You’ll also find the “Sign Me Up” box to subscribe to Oboedire, so that future posts come to your emailbox automatically. It’s free, as is everything offered by Oboedire.

Thank you for connecting with Oboedire. Pray for this ministry and consider being part of the Oboedire family. And if you know of others who would be interested in Oboedire, please let them know about it. Oboedire grows solely by word of mouth.