Monthly Archives: September 2011

Shepherd’s Care: Specificity

The shepherding we wrote about last week is connected to a third dimension of ministerial spirituality:  specificity. Peter wrote, “tend the flock that is in your charge.”  Years ago, I was influenced by Eugene Peterson’s exhortation that the best way … Continue reading

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Journey in the Word: The Beginnings of Culture

Week 4 Read Genesis 4:20-22 Immediately after the story of Cain murdering Abel, we find a long geneology.  We do not know all the people who are listed, but we do learn some important things. We see that God continues … Continue reading

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In-Sight: The Value is Valuing

I’ve been paying particular attention to leadership literature lately.  One of my main convictions is being confirmed by even the “20 something” leaders, who sometimes seem to be taking over the world. 🙂 These young leaders and those who work … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Simple Prayer

Some brothers asked Macarius, “How do you pray?”  He said, “There is no need to talk much in prayer. Reach out your hands often, and say, ‘Lord, have mercy on me, as you will and as you know.’ But if … Continue reading

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Journey in the Word: Cain the First Murderer

Week 4 Read:  Genesis 4:8 The situation which gave rise to Cain’s murder of his brother is difficult to determine.  Stott points out that scholars have come up with various explanations. But the result is not subject to misunderstanding.  Jealousy … Continue reading

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Editorial: Pick-And-Choose Spirituality

As you know, I have felt a strong check in my spirit when it comes to “editorializing” on this blog site.  There are plenty of sites that do that—some well, some not so well.  And I do not even begin … Continue reading

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Listenings: Made To Be Used

Our co-operation with God is rooted in our creation.  Evelyn Underhill puts it this way: “He made us in order to use us, and use us in the most profitable way; for His purpose, not ours.  To live a spiritual … Continue reading

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