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”

A Father’s Psalm of Lament

I see her about to break under the weight of those demons. I need to help her but the demons just laugh at me. I shout, “Get away from her. Leave her alone.” The demons laugh louder I hear you say to me, “Oh, you of little faith…” I feel like I have failed her,Continue reading “A Father’s Psalm of Lament”

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”