Minimalism

I think like most people when we hear the word minimalism we think, “Oh no I will have to get rid of all of my stuff.” We have an emotional attachment to our stuff. As I was reading the excerpt from Christian Minimalism by Becca Erlich I was struck by her talking about her emotionalContinue reading “Minimalism”

Contemplative Practices

We were specifically asked to look at the practices at the Contemplative Outreach Website and then give our impressions of the practices and if we would consider using them regularly in our own spiritual life or using them in our ministry setting. I think this is an interesting thought as I have used the ContemplativeContinue reading “Contemplative Practices”

Spiritual Gifts

My understanding of spiritual gifts really has not been expanded, as I have done lots of work on the Natural Church Development (NCD) in the past and also the 3 passages of the body of Christ in the Pauline corpus and the gifts listed there. I did love the discussion we had about tongues andContinue reading “Spiritual Gifts”

A Psalm of Despair

O Lord where are you, I feel all alone as if you are not hereI’m straining under the load of life Struggling to take care of myself and my familyWondering why you are not here to help me Wondering where you are to guide meI wonder if the way Paul discussed would be better ToContinue reading “A Psalm of Despair”

Spiritual practices

Discuss your experience today learning about and trying some spiritual practices. What practices made you comfortable or uncomfortable (learning about or practicing), and why? How can you incorporate some of these spiritual practices into your daily life? So today in class we discussed the book Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson which lays out spiritual practicesContinue reading “Spiritual practices”

What is your hope?

What is my hope for Contemporary Christian Spirituality as a class, my self personally or my ministry? As I ponder this question, my first thought is why do these three things need to be different? My faith is intertwined in my life that it is hard to look at something I do that isn’t aContinue reading “What is your hope?”

The beginning of a Contemporary Christian Spirituality Journal

It is interesting to me that 20 years ago I started this blog for a class. It was an independent study that took me to a gathering of 3 different groups of church developers in Orlando. We had to blog about our experiences. And now today I am starting a journal for one of theContinue reading “The beginning of a Contemporary Christian Spirituality Journal”

Does all this matter?

In the fifteenth year of the rule of the emperor Tiberius—when Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea and Herod was ruler over Galilee, his brother Philip was ruler over Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was ruler over Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—God’s word came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 John went throughout theContinue reading “Does all this matter?”

United States of Grace

United States of Grace – A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration and Hope by Lenny Duncan. This is a must-read book for anyone who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and a lover of God. I was waiting for this book ever since I read Dear Church. I was ready when this book arrivedContinue reading “United States of Grace”