Category Archives: Site Updates

The “New” Oboedire

I want to thank those of you who took the time to offer suggestions about what Oboedire might become.  Whatever that means, I want it to be something you look forward to reading when a new installment hits your inbox. … Continue reading

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Oboedire 2020

Except for a meditation on Christmas day, I’m taking a break from Oboedire until January 1st. But here’s what’s in store for 2020–a continuation of some themes and the beginning of some new ones… (1) 2020 Theme: “Love.”–Each Wednesday we … Continue reading

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A Reminder

Once or twice a year, I post a reminder that Oboedire grows almost entirely by word of mouth.  I do not advertise it. Whether you have been part of the Oboedire fellowship for a long time, or only a short … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Site Update: 2019 Theme

Having completed the 2018 Oboedire theme, “Practicing the Better” last week, I am ready to announce the 2019 theme: “Here and Now.”  In some ways, it is an expansion of the 2018 theme, because the only place we can practice … Continue reading

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New Series: “Practicing the Better”

​Next week (February 7), I will begin a new series here on Oboedire, “Practicing the Better.” In a time when negativity is expressed in so many places and ways, we need to root ourselves in the highest and best we … Continue reading

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Many Thanks!

In everything, there has to be a last day–an ending.  I believe that time has come for Oboedire.  For the past 6.5 years, I have “delivered my soul” on an array of topics directly and indirectly connected to Spiritual Formation. … Continue reading

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The Fall Lineup

As we move into the Fall, I want to let you know what’s coming your way on Oboedire. First, the weekly reflections related to Pope Francis’ “Year of Mercy” continue until Advent.  Even though it is labor intensive to write … Continue reading

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Update: Year #7

July 2016 marks the beginning of the seventh year for Oboedire.  I can hardly imagine that I have been writing here for six years–no doubt a sign that I am aging and along with that, the sense of time flying … Continue reading

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Visit The Archives

About once a year I remind you that the Oboedire Archives contain a wealth of my previous writings on a host of topics, which you can see on the sidebar of the Oboedire home page. If you are a relative … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!!

Jeannie and I are praying that this will be a grace-filled, love-oriented year for you!  Thank you for being part of the Oboedire community. The “Year of Mercy” posts begin this coming Wednesday, along with other occasional writings.  Also remember … Continue reading

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Site Update: Time Out

Entering into Advent this year is, for me, entering into a time away from Oboedire writing.  So, I will not be posting here until January 1st. 

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Update: The Fall Lineup

Coming off the traditional August writing break, I want to give you a preview of the Fall on Oboedire. “In-Sight” resumes on September 9th. Each Wednesday I will post something having to do with spiritual formation. I want to recapture … Continue reading

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Site Updates: Starting Year Six

I began Oboedire in July 2010.  It has evolved in terms of topics and other things related to this online ministry.  But the mission remains the same: to encourage and cultivate attentive Christian formation. Some of you have been part … Continue reading

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Error in Posting

If you received a “For the Bride: Inevitable Vantage Points” post last evening, it came by mistake.  It is actually scheduled for November 14th, and fits into the stream of writings at that point. It has been moved to that … Continue reading

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Site Update: The Fall Lineup

Oboedire returns this coming Monday, September 1st.  The Fall program will consist of three weekly posts, two of which are new themes… Mondays: “Journey.”  I will write meditations based upon Brian McLaren’s new book, ‘We Make the Road by Walking.’  … Continue reading

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Site Updates: Time for a Break!

Having concluded Pope Francis’ encyclical, now is a good time to take a break. Beginning September 1st, a new Monday series entitled “Journey” will begin. I will write weekly meditations related to Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by … 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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Lenten Break: Fasting from Oboedire

Hello! Today we observe Ash Wednesday and begin our journey through Lent. I have decided to “fast” from writing on Oboedire during Lent. This includes the suspension of all three weekly postings.  I will resume writing on Saturday, April 19, … Continue reading

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Site Update: Oboedire Facebook Page

I have created an Oboedire Facebook page. It does not replace this blogsite, where I intend to continue my major writing.  This will remain the main source for the Oboedire ministries. But I realize Facebook will extend the purpose of … Continue reading

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Site Update: “Wesley’s Way” Debuts Next Week

Next Wednesday, February 6th, I’ll begin a new post here on Oboedire each Wednesday.  It will be entitled, “Wesley’s Way.”  The first post will be an introduction to the series.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.  Stay tuned! If you have … Continue reading

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“New Pastors” Blog Begins February 1st

Remember that the NewPastors blog begins on Friday, February 1st. It is a response to requests from men and women who are “beginning” in ministry, and those who are experiencing a desire to “begin again” with fresh insights and inspiration. … Continue reading

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Site Update: Correction

The “Ministry Musings” which posted yesterday afternoon was posted in error.  It was written for Thursday, January 31st.  It is the third element to be explored in the practical considerations surrounding discernment—the second of which appears tomorrow, January 24th.

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Site Update: “Christmas Break”

Except for the weekly “Holy Gospel” posting on December 29th, Oboedire will be on break until Monday, December 31st. Jeannie and I pray that you and your family will have a Blessed Christmas, in just a few days.  Many of … Continue reading

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Site Updates: Growing the Oboedire Family

A couple of weeks ago, I encouraged you to consider inviting others to join you in the growing Oboedire family.  I want to expand on that invitation and share some actual things others have told me they are doing in … Continue reading

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Site Update: Current Text List

Just a reminder that when you join the Oboedire family, you step into a stream that’s already flowing.  And, for example, I am making regular references to Nouwen, Bunge, and de Waal.  I don’t cite the actual books each time.  … Continue reading

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Site Update: A New Icon

As Oboedire gets older, some of you ask me what books we have used (or are using) as common readers for the various daily postings.  I’ve decided to add a new icon on the Home Page that will tell you … Continue reading

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Site Update: Current Common Texts

I’ve been asked to provide the list of books we are using as common texts for the various weekly postings.  Here they are…. Monday, “Listenings”—-Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation (HarperOne) Tuesday, “Desert Wisdom”—-Gabriel Bunge, Earthen Vessels (Ignatius Press) Friday, “Benedict’s Rule”—-Esther … Continue reading

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Site Update: The Next “Oasis Day”

The next “Oasis Day” retreat is Monday, October 22nd—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Canterbury Retreat Center in Oviedo, Florida. The theme for the day is “Walking in the Light: Practicing Discernment.”  Dr. Steve Harper will facilitate the retreat experience.  … Continue reading

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Site Update: Thank You

Some of the people I know who use Face Book are becoming disillusioned with it, due to the negative and argumentative responses that get posted.  One of my good friends in ministry (who reaches over a million people a month) … Continue reading

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Site Update: “Summer Break”

From today through August 12th, Oboedire goes into “summer break” mode. I will post “The Holy Gospel” meditations for this period, but nothing else.  This includes the usual “First Day” post that would normally appear on August 1st. The daily … Continue reading

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Site Update: 1,000 Postings

This morning’s post, I’m told, was the 1,000th posting.  It comes roughly after Oboedire has been in operation for two years. I want to use this moment to say “thank you” for following this blog.  The number of you who … Continue reading

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Sight Updates: Mobile Enabling

A regular follower of the Oboedire blog has told me about a feature that will make it easier for you to receive the posts on your mobile devices.  Since the subscription list is growing and more and more of you … Continue reading

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Site Update: Christmas Break

I will not post the week of December 26-31, with the exception of “The Holy Gospel” for January 1st (posted on December 31). See you in the New Year, God willing.

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Site Update: Fall Break

Just a reminder that I will not be posting the regular thematic posts this week, or the two “In-Sight” commentaries. You will find “The Holy Gospel” meditation on Saturday, November 26th. Regular posting will resume on Monday, November 28th.

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Site Update: New Theme Next Thursday

Greeting, Everyone! Just a reminder that next Thursday, October 6th, I’ll begin a new weekly theme on the Oboedire site. For a preview of it—and other updates as well—read the “First Day” post that will appear at 7:00 p.m. (EST) … Continue reading

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Site Update: New Thursday Post in October

Just a reminder that a new weekly post will begin October 6th.  I’ve received several good suggestions, and I am pondering others.  If you have an idea you want to give me, please do so soon. I will announce the … Continue reading

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Site Update: A Reminder

Just a reminder that I am inviting suggestions for the new Thursday morning posting. Whatever we decide, it will begin on October 6th. And remember also that “In-Sight” and “Journey in the Word” will post later today.

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Site Update: Need New Thursday Topic

Just a reminder that “Ponderings” is discontinued.  We need a new topic for Thursday mornings.  In September’s “First Day” post, I made some suggestions, but I also invite you share any thoughts you have about a new theme for Thursdays. … Continue reading

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Site Update: Coming in September

Rather than waiting until our next “First Day” post, I want to tell you three things that will change on the Oboedire site, beginning on September 1st. First, and by way of reminder, we will offer the opportunity to read … Continue reading

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Site Update: The Oboedire Categories

One reader emailed to remind me that the daily categories are not as familiar to readers as they are to me.  Let me simply remind you that they are described in the “About the Site” section at the top of … Continue reading

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Site Update: “Vacation!”

I’m taking a summer “time out” from the daily posts from July 4-17.  I will only post “The Holy Gospel” on two Saturdays:  July 9 and 16. I’ll resume my regular communications with you on Monday, July 18th. If you’ve … Continue reading

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Site Update: Subscriptions

Good Afternoon, Everyone! I’m already enjoying the more-relaxed “one a day” posting, but I do want to keep the major themes going through the summer. You have probably already seen the “subscription” feature on the sidebar of the Home Page.  … Continue reading

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Site Update: “Summertime!”

The old song says, “Summertime, and the living is easy.” I am going to use the summer months (June, July, and August) to create an “easier” (more restful and relaxed) writing plan for Oboedire. Beginning tomorrow, only the daily theme … Continue reading

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Site Update: “Summertime….”

The old song says, “Summer time, and the living is easy.” I’m going to apply the message to my writing during June, July, and August.  I want to “take a break” and reduce the number and nature of my postings. … Continue reading

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Site Update: Learning & Modification

As you know, I did not set up “Oboedire” to be a conversational forum.  But I read every single response that is posted, and once in a while, I will write the person back.  As I said when I launched … Continue reading

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Site Update: Changes on April 1st.

“No fooling”  🙂 Friday, April 1st will bring some changes to this site. First, the daily blog topic will be posted at 1:00 a.m. rather than at 7:00 a.m.  Some of you are getting away from your computers before 7:00 … Continue reading

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Site Update: Widening the Circle

Periodically, I ask you to join me in praying for God to reveal other persons who might benefit from Oboedire.  As we begin the month of March, I am asking you to do that once again. I know that most … Continue reading

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Site Update: A New Feature

Beginning tomorrow, February 12th, I’m adding a new feature to Oboedire.  It will appear under the theme of “Soul Byte” It will be a Twitter-style piece (usually one per day, but maybe more–or less), a “thought for the day” you … Continue reading

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Site Update: Thank You

I’ve checked the monthly statistics for this site, and it’s growing little-by-little.  I want to thank you for being one who logs in from time to time to read the posts.  The purpose of Oboedire has never been about “growing.”  … Continue reading

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