Author Archives: Steve Harper

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 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

Here and Now: Creation

​In the first creation story (Genesis 1:2–2:4), we get our first look at here-and-now living.  Each “day” of creation is a way of paying attention to a particular phase of creation before we see it as-a-whole. [1]  It is as … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Right Now

​As we will see, the Bible provides many invitations to live in the here-and now.  But in 2 Corinthians 6:2, Paul gathers them all up in one exclamation, “Now is the day of salvation!”  Before we journey through the particulars, … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Introduction

​Greetings as 2019 gets under way! Today begins my 2019 theme on Oboedire, “Here and Now.”  New posts will appear each Wednesday.  Here’s the introduction… Many of you know that I am a Christian, formed substantially within the Wesleyan tradition. … Continue reading

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In-Sight: From Fear to Love

​This is the final “In-Sight” post for this year.  It resumes on Monday, January 7th.  Since I have written about love in the last two “In Sight” posts, I thought I would conclude the year with another one. __________________________________ For … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Time To Be Respectful

This is the final “Shepherd’s Care” post for 2018.  It will resume on January 4th, and the series about time and ministry will continue. _________________________ If indeed time is the precious commodity of our time, we must not only be … Continue reading

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Site Update: 2019 Theme

Having completed the 2018 Oboedire theme, “Practicing the Better” last week, I am ready to announce the 2019 theme: “Here and Now.”  In some ways, it is an expansion of the 2018 theme, because the only place we can practice … Continue reading

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Editorial:  Theological Obscurantism

​My personality moves me in the direction of details, specifics, and particulars.  Sometimes a single word captures my attention for quite a while.  I have a built-in propensity to zoom in. This means that I have had to discipline myself … Continue reading

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