I'd be interested in hearing what guides you through Lent. I've found the resources (below) to be particularly helpful. Henri Nouwen, Show Me the Way. The late and great priest/psychologist Henri Nouwen walks you through Lent with short devotions and prayers. N.T. Wright, The Crown and the Fire. The first half of this … Continue reading Spiritual Direction for Lent
And so, Ash Wednesday is upon us again. Tonight, I was grateful to be able to participate in the imposition of ashes, reminding people that they are dust, and to dust they shall return. Death is inevitable. We have the power to create medical miracles, send men to the moon, and create weapons that can … Continue reading Ashes, ashes, we all fall…
My former colleague and Professor of New Testament at RTS Orlando, Reggie Kidd, introduced me to the work of Georges Rouault when I was his student in the mid-90's. Rouault may be the finest religious artist of the 20th century, portraying the sufferings of Christ for people like you and me - posers and pretenders … Continue reading “We believe ourselves kings”
As Ash Wednesday quickly approaches, I'm reminded of the unique opportunity we have each year to spend a season reflecting more intentionally on our sin. Now, for some that sounds like a downer. But my sense is that it is an opportunity to look a bit more carefully at our own hearts. The English pastor … Continue reading Lent: A Time to Move Toward Insecurity and Inadequacy
I did something I've been wanting to do for years last Wednesday. I walked the Grace Cathedral Labyrinth. For the past several years, I've been using spiritual practices such as the labyrinth, the Stations of the Cross, and more as a part of a Psychology in Relation to Theology course. Several resources have been … Continue reading Labyrinth – Wedding the Mystical and the Missional
Over the next weeks, I will be blogging the first chapters of a book I'm writing on a 'New Exodus Model of Soul Care'. That language will make more sense over time. The Introduction (below) explains a bit of the context. I'm excited to do this in blog form before seeing it in print. I'm … Continue reading A New Exodus Model of Soul Care – Introduction
I don't do suffering well. In fact, I despise suffering. My daughter's tears bring out the worst in me. My first thought is "How do I fix this?" It's easily translated in to pastoral care or clinical counseling. "What should I say? How can I help?" I've been habituated to respond to suffering with answers.