out of illusions, into the depths | st. teresa’s invitation to you (2 in the series)

I love St. Teresa. I often joke that she's my favorite 16th century "Reformer," particularly when I am around friends and students from the Reformed tradition. St. Teresa lived south of Calvin and Luther in Spain during the tumultous 16th century, and her "reform" - while vastly different in form and content than the others … Continue reading out of illusions, into the depths | st. teresa’s invitation to you (2 in the series)

A Report from Georgia Diocese Clergy Conference

I was privileged to spend Apr 26-28 with the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, an extraordinary group of folks. Here are some highlights written up by Canon Frank Logue. Dr. Chuck deGroat speaks to the clergy gathered for their spring conference at Honey Creek. Clergy Encouraged to Self Examination, Healing The Spring Clergy Conference, which ended … Continue reading A Report from Georgia Diocese Clergy Conference

the problem with loving god, but not loving yourself… (pastors and theological eggheads, take note!)

Love yourself.  It's championed as the pathway to happiness and gratitude by some and scoffed at as the pathway to narcissism and godlessness by others. But check this out.  Bernard of Clarivaux, the towering 12th century Cisterian abbot, advisor to the Pope, mystical writer, and one of the most significant voices in church history sees … Continue reading the problem with loving god, but not loving yourself… (pastors and theological eggheads, take note!)

Wholiness – Living Holy Lives Wholly

I lectured recently on holiness and wholeness.  "Holiness," of course, has been the subject of conversation in the sanctification debates among the New Calvinists asking, 'Can we expect to progress in our holy living?'  On the other hand, "wholeness" has been all the chatter since Brené Brown released her breakout book The Gifts of Imperfection.  Many Christians … Continue reading Wholiness – Living Holy Lives Wholly

Good theologizing means knowing YOUR story…

The late Robert Webber wrote a beautiful book called The Divine Embrace late in life.  In it, he talks of the beautiful and seamless marriage of theology and spirituality in the first centuries of the church.  In time, theology (dogma) would become a privileged task, spirituality would go underground into the monasteries, and the church would see … Continue reading Good theologizing means knowing YOUR story…

Introducing Chuck’s Newest Book: Toughest People to Love | A Video Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXU3GXmHP6c People -- frustrating, confusing, disappointing, complicated -- are the most difficult part of leadership, and they challenge leaders everywhere, from leaders of many to managers of a few. In this book Chuck DeGroat addresses the flawed nature of people and offers wisdom for leaders of all types in dealing with just about anyone who … Continue reading Introducing Chuck’s Newest Book: Toughest People to Love | A Video Trailer