Monthly Archives: November 2010

Listenings: Something Has Gone Wrong

In establishing Christlikeness as the essence of the spiritual life, we have come to the place where we can discuss “de-formation” as well as formation.  In lifting up Christ as the goal, we also see that we do not represent … Continue reading

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Connections: Max Lucado

I have recently returned to the writings of Max Lucado.  I read him more often years ago when he began to rise in popularity.  I did not leave him because of any problems with him, but because I entered into … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: November 21, 2010 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 23:33-43 Meditation:  “One Marvelous Story” We divide the Gospel story into daily and weekly segments so that we can “read, mark, and inwardly digest” it (Wesley’s phrase for lectio divina).  In doing so, we feed on the Word in … Continue reading

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Ponderings: The Great Paradox

A recent reading in Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment caused my mind to return to a train of thought which I have had more than once in the past.  I’ll let Max’s words launch this week’s ponderings: “The more … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Role

I have practiced ministry in the generation that has seen a shift of definition from that of “pastor” to that of “executive.”  In the early eighties the phrase “ministry as management” came on the scene, and from that time, the … Continue reading

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Gleanings: Meditation

My favorite definition of meditation comes from Evelyn Underhill, “Meditation is thinking in the presence of God.” We often think of meditation as some kind of altered state, but in the Christian tradition it is a natural state connected to … Continue reading

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Listenings: The Christian’s Pattern

Spiritual formation establishes the pattern: revelation + response = growth.  But where do we go to find out what it looks like?  Across the centuries, one answer has remained central:  we look to Christ.  This is not a simplistic “Jesus … Continue reading

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