Monthly Archives: June 2014

Lumen Fidei: Faith, Prayer & the Decalogue

Not surprisingly, Pope Francis rounds out his comments about the Church’s transmission of the faith by pointing to the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments.  The Lord’s Prayer is not only a prayer to pray, it is a way of … Continue reading

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Abingdon Press | For the Sake of the Bride, Second Edition

Hello, Everyone! The Abingdon edition of my latest book is available as a paperback book.  An ebook version will be available soon.  I will keep you posted. Use the link below to order the book from Abingdon Press.  They have … Continue reading

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Ministry Musings: Things That Abide

I am pondering the fact that the older Christian churches (Roman, Orthodox, Lutheran) tend to be more liturgical, while the newest startups are less so.  I am not writing to make a case for one style of worship over another, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: The Sacraments & Transmission of Faith

The Church must hand down living faith if it is to perpetuate the Christian life from generation to another.  Doctrine alone is insufficient.  There must be encounter, and this comes when the Church worships In worship we encounter God through … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Your Best Prayers

Eugene Peterson has called “Help” and “Thanks” the two best prayers anyone can pray.  Anne Lamott added “Wow” to the list. These three words are all words that cultivate a mature spirituality “Help” cultivates reliance on God, defeating the egoic … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: The Church, Mother of Our Faith

The Gospel light is too good to keep to ourselves.  But when we share it with others, we immediately create a community.  We create the Church–two or more gathered together in the Name of Jesus.  After 2,000 years of this … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom: June 15, 2014

I am in a “less is more” phase with respect to the Oboedire blog and my Facebook pages. So…for the rest of the Summer, I will not write the weekly “Ancient Wisdom” lectionary meditations. Pre-scheduled  Oboedire writings will continue each … Continue reading

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In-Sight: The Primacy of Revelation

The Bible has always been my primary means of grace, more so than any other spiritual discipline.  I can lose track of time while “searching the scriptures.”  Like a benevolent black hole, the Bible pulls me into itself, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: The Ecclesial Manifestation

Having looked last week at Pope Francis’ theme “Faith and Theology,” we find ourselves moving from Chapter Two into Chapter Three. That might not seem like a big deal, except it represents a movement into the ecclesial dimension of the … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom: June 8, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Numbers 11-24-30 Meditation:  “Distributing the Spirit” Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day we often call “the birthday of the church.”  Our minds go immediately to Acts 2, as we recall the Spirit’s being poured out on everyone in the … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Considering Vocation

Living vocationally does not mean living with certainty as much as it means living with trust–trust that God can use us in more than one way, and faith that the current way is an acceptable one. Thomas Merton reflected often … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Faith and Theology

Theology is the outcome of faith, because (like the first apostles) we must declare what we have seen and heard.  Theology is the systematic means for doing that. Like the varying watage of light bulbs, theology comes to us through … Continue reading

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