First Day: Welcome Back!

It’s good to be back in touch with you, although I confess that the April break was a “brain rest” for me. It has also given me a fresh vision for Oboedire, and that’s the topic I want to share with you as we resume postings.

I intentionally designed this blog with key themes for each day (e.g. Mondays: “Listenings”). I wanted to create a blog where sustained thoughts could be generated. I think formation occurs best that way.

But I did not consider the “deadline-driven” nature of that approach. After nearly three years if doing it, I have learned some things that will help take that pressure off me.

So, starting right now, Oboedire will no longer have set topics for a particular day of the week. For a while, at least, I want to write more spontaneously. When I do address one of the previous themes, it will be clearly titled, and preserved in the Categories list on the sidebar. So the previous journey will continue–just not with the same pace and frequency.

I will still post “The Holy Gospel” each Saturday, so that you can use it to prepare for worship on Sunday. Everything else will appear in its own way and time.

As subscribers, the posts will continue to come to you automatically. If you only visit the blog, occasionally, you can always scroll through the posts and get caught up.

Oboedire continues to grow (both in terms of subscribers and visitors), and I pray this means you are finding it useful in your spiritual formation.  It has no other reason to exist than that.

I know it grows largely as you tell others about it, link particular writings through your own social media, etc.  Thank you.

One little piece of news…my book,When TV Came to Town, is now available as a paperback book (as well as an e-book).  Find both at

Again, welcome back! I look forward to continuing the journey with you.

Blessings!  Steve

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 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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3 Responses to First Day: Welcome Back!

  1. Sue says:

    Thanks Steve, I wondered where you and Jeannie have been. Miss you both!

  2. Ellen Steinberg says:

    Glad to have you back 🙂 your thoughts often lift my spirit and my walk.

  3. Ernie Bennett says:

    “When TV Came to Town” is a delightful read! It will bring back memories for everyone, whether you identify with the specific time frame (a I did) or not. Telling our story is a critical enterprise, whether we conceive of it in narrow “religious” language or not. God continues to shape us through people and events and we need to pause from time to time to reflect on how this is true. Steve has helped us do just that in this delightful little book.


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