Beginning Year Ten

Today marks the ninth anniversary of Oboedire.  I had no idea when I began this blog that it would go on this long or take the shape that it has.  But as they say, it is what it is.

Over these years, a mass of materials have been written and archived. You can track them chronologically and categorically on the righthand sidebar. But there is a new way to access and interact with previous posts.

Many posts have been part of extended series.  These offer readers the opportunity to explore something over a longer period of time. I have created a new icon on the Oboedire home page that lists these thematic posts: “Navigating the Site.”  It is the easiest and best way to see the emphases Oboedire has addressed over the years, and these themes can now serve as resources for personal reflection and/or group study.

As year ten begins, the 2019 theme, “Here and Now” continues each Wednesday. I am spending the year showing how the spiritual life is lived in the present moment. I hope you have been following the series.  If not, but you’d like to, it is archived on the Oboedire home page.

Moving into Year Ten, I want you to know about two new features for Oboedire: 

(1) The longrunning “In-Sight” category will now be a monthly post the first Saturday of each month, beginning August 3rd.  The posts give me the opportunity to write to you about things currently getting my attention, and to look at the spiritual life in a variety of ways.

(2) A new weekly category, “Holy Love,” will explore matters related to my book of the same title (a kind of between-the-lines author conversation with you, a resource for personal reflection and for groups using the book). It begins on August 5th. [1]

Some of you have been fellow pilgrims on the Oboedire path since it began.  Others of you have come along since.  I thank you for joining the journey.  I hope you have found it helpful.

Obordire grows as you let others know about it.  WordPress has added a “share” feature that makes it easy and quick to put a post on your own social media.  And as always, you can tell folks about Oboedire and invite them to subscribe.

Please continue to pray for me as I develop the Oboedire ministry.  The aim of these posts remains the same as when Oboedire first began: to be a means to help you cultivate an attentive spirituality that matures you in your faith and inspires you to be a servant of God in the world.

Blessings!  Steve

[1] Steve Harper, ‘Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality’ (Abingdon Press, 2019). It is available in paperback and ebook formats.

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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