Welcome to my blog about living as apprentices of Jesus! I am passionate about spiritual transformation and about helping others become like Jesus for the sake of others.
One of my favorite quotes is: "Whatever job we get and whatever task we are assigned can serve as a container for grace" (Eugene Peterson in "Practical Resurrection"). I pray that the words and sentences on this blog may also serve as "containers of grace" for its readers.
I ordinarily post on Wednesdays and Saturdays and welcome your comments on any post!
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Monthly Archives: July 2015
Finding our Thin Places
On a blustery winter day several years ago, I stood on a sandy bluff on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The stormy waves crashing on the shore mirrored the stormy gray sky – and my mood. As I watched … Continue reading
Posted in Living as Apprentices Tagged Amy Julia Becker, Celtic Christianity, Christianity Today, Peter Gomes, thin places 3 Comments
Going Deeper with God: I Cor. 4:5; Romans 12: 4-6
Eugene Peterson’s book Eat this Book teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. Our early Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. These two New Testament … Continue reading
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I Come From . . .
I was searching for a free-writing exercise topic to use with my writing group when I ran across this “starter” phrase in Writing Alone and with Others, by Pat Schneider: “I come from . . .” Usually I hear moans … Continue reading
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Watch what Jesus Does
“God isn’t looking for servants. God isn’t looking for slaves, workers, contestants to play the game or jump the hoops correctly. God is simply looking for images! God wants images of God to walk around the earth…. God wants usable … Continue reading
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Fostering a Deeper Commitment
Nathan Foster recently admitted having a “broken ‘hoper’” – even when it comes to the Church. He says: “It doesn’t take many years of living life, watching the way things work out, the conclusions, the trends, the frailness and predicaments … Continue reading
Going Deeper with God – James 1:19-27
Eugene Peterson’s book Eat this Book teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. Our early Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In this passage, we … Continue reading
Posted in Going Deeper with God Tagged Elie Wiesel, integrity, James the brother of Jesus, The Imitation of Christ, Thomas á Kempis, William Law Comments Off on Going Deeper with God – James 1:19-27
“Fortunately, God is not what we think God is—not in any small way what I might think, nor in any big way the sum total of what a whole bunch of thinkers, great thinkers through the centuries, might think. And … Continue reading
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The Garden of my Mind
The music was fading from a PBS program on The Best of the Boston Pops orchestra. I had my hand on the remote to change the station when I heard a familiar voice. It was Mr. Rogers, decked out in … Continue reading
Posted in My journey Tagged Amy Winehouse, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams, monarch butterflies, Mr. Rogers, PBS 3 Comments