Monthly Archives: July 2010

Connections: Renovare

In 1978, Richard Foster emerged as a leader in Spiritual Formation through the writing of his book, Celebration of Discipline.  Several years after that, he launched the Renovare ministry.  It continues to this day as a vital and vibrant contributor … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: August 1, 2010 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 12:13-21 Meditation:  “The Peril of Self-Talk” You cannot read this passage without noticing how many times the pronoun “I” appears.  It Jesus’ way of showing that the problem between the brothers (and the larger issue of life itself) … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Asking for the Impossible

The contrast between President Obama’s victory rally in Chicago and his current approval rating is startling.  But it is not surprising.  Whenever our opinion of our leaders decreases, our cries for reform increase.  We are bombarded daily by voices calling … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Little Things For God

In his classic The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence wrote, We can do little things for God. In a “more is better” world, we so need to hear and heed his words.  We need to discover the … Continue reading

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Listenings: Where It All Begins

Spiritual formation is the result of two foundational dynamics.  The first is that God exists and desires to have a relationship with us.  The second is that we are made to receive and respond to that desire.  From those twin convictions … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Slow Down!

In his book, The Way of the Cross, Francois Fenelon wrote, It is utterly selfish that we desire to attain perfection so fast.” These words cut against the grain of any spiritual life that has a “quick-fix” mentality attached to … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Called To Be Saints

I was leading a workshop in a church in the midwest.  I announced that my subject in the session was going to be, “called to be saints.”  A man sitting near me up front spoke up and said, “Well, I’ll … Continue reading

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Connections: “The Cloud”

The writer of Hebrews says we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” (12:1).  They are one of God’s greates gifts to prevent us from falling pray to a privatized spirituality. For a while, I have been including in … Continue reading

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Referencing the Posts

Greetings! We live in an incredible time, with more information at our fingertips than people just a few years ago could have ever imagined.  It’s estimated that the Sunday edition of the New York Times contains more words than John … Continue reading

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Ponderings: The First Thing We Do

I had come to the point in my Ph.D work at Duke where I needed the approval of my doctoral committee to formally begin writing my dissertation on “The Devotional Life of John Wesley: 1703-38.” I had good relations with … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Introduction

The spiritual life is a 360-degree experience.  No matter which way we turn, God is present with us–ready to reveal something to us.  As John Wesley said, “Every moment is a God-moment.” This category is designed to show how our … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: July 25,2010 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 11:1-13 Meditation:  “Teach Us To Pray” Take away all the “extras” in our religion, and leave the essentials.  At the top of the short list is the desire to be in touch with God.  If God exists, and … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: Introduction

Every Sunday, millions of Christians worship God with Bible passages found in the Revised Common Lectionary.  In many traditions when the Gospel lesson is read, the Bible is carried into the midst of the people, symbolizing the centrality of the … Continue reading

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Site Updates: Introduction

I’ve created this category as a kind of “one stop shopping” place to keep you aware of changes to this site as it develops and grows.  You can always check here to see “what’s new” on the Oboedire blog.  I … Continue reading

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Connections: E. Stanley Jones

E. Stanley Jones was one of my early mentors after I professed faith in Jesus Christ.  I was only around him once, but as I read his books and listened to his sermons, he commended Christ and the Christian faith … Continue reading

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Connections: Introduction

John Wesley was concerned that Christians would fall prey to a privatized spirituality.  He called it becoming “holy solitaries.”  He warned the early Methodists to grow in community, and he provided the structures for doing so. This “Connections” category is … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Always “Beginning”

Thomas Merton wrote, “We do not want to be beginners.  But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners all our life!”  Contemplative Prayer, p. 37 I’ve worked in Christian higher education professionally … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Introduction

The older I get, the more I realize that my spiritual life has been significantly shaped by others–what the writer of Hebrews calls, “the great cloud of witnesses.”  Some of my influencers are still living; most are in heaven.  Some … Continue reading

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Listenings: Introduction

Jesus lamented that people around him had eyes to see, but they did not see—and, ears to hear, but they did not hear.  Inattentiveness seems to have broken his heart as much as anything else.  Henri Nouwen was once asked … Continue reading

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