Monthly Archives: April 2012

Followership: Dance to the Music

A few nights ago, Jeannie and I watched the classic movie Footloose.  Her upcoming Sevilla (Spain) High School Reunion has taken “Footloose in Fort Worth” as its theme, and it even includes a “crazy sock contest.” If you’re familiar with … Continue reading

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Listenings: The Movements of the Spirit

Nouwen’s choice to use the metaphor of movements to describe the spiritual life (pp. viii-ix) instead of steps or stages is more in keeping with both the biblical and psychological understanding of human formation as a journey “from” something “to” … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: April 29, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  John 10:11-18 Meditation:  “Good Shepherds” If you have followed this blog for a while, you have seen previous posts in which I have commended the image of “shepherd” as a much-needed model for ministry.  Today’s lesson focuses our attention … Continue reading

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In-Sight: “The World’s Most Beautiful People”

People magazine has just named Beyoncé as “the world’s most beautiful person,” complete with a cover-page photograph intended to verify the decision. Why do we keep expecting the fallen world to produce what it never can—namely, a definition of beauty … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: The Holiness of Leadership

Nothing affects the life of a community more than the person who is charged with leading it.  Perhaps that is why Chapter 64 of Benedict’s Rule is somewhat longer and more-detailed than some of the ones we’ve looked at previously. … Continue reading

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In-Sight: The Gift of Critique

I know that many of you who follow Oboedire are professional leaders in the church, and the rest of you are ministers in some other form in the world.  Father Richard Rohr has written this morning about one of the … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: “Jesus is Lord” (3)

We’re continuing our exploration of the phrase “Jesus is Lord.”  We have previously looked at it as personal transformation and religious scandal. Today, we view it in relation to cultural subversion. The only charge that the Jews could bring against … Continue reading

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