Tag Archives: James Bryan Smith

So Be New!

Did you ever have the experience of walking through your home filled with your favorite things and suddenly noticing something you have not really paid attention to for ages?  That delightful surprise happened to me this week when I noticed … Continue reading

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Transformed Lives Transforming the World in 2019 – Introduction

When I became the first Director of Spiritual Formation for my church, my goal was to teach and motivate people to strive to “be like Jesus.” When a new pastor arrived not long afterwards, the staff set out on a … Continue reading

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Continual Renewal – the Renovare Way to Discipleship (part 7)

This is the final post in a series of seven which are based on the Renovare organization’s “best practices” – six Common Disciplines drawn from the six Traditions of Christianity explored in Richard Foster’s book, Streams of Living Water. (Find earlier … Continue reading

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Becoming

 The year 2017 is now history, and many of us are saying, “Thank goodness!” This December, the media has done a superb,sometimes overwhelming, job of reminding us of what a consequential year it has been. Looking back on a year just … Continue reading

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Wow, Thank You, and Yes!

Almost exactly a year ago on this blog I rather sheepishly revealed a guilty pleasure: Hallmark Christmas movies. This year, a year of  ugly politics, horrific tragedy, and un- relenting gloom, I am watching even more and learning why these … Continue reading

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Living the Serenity Prayer – Wisdom

The Serenity Prayer has a long and rather mysterious history. The first three lines were made popular by  Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 -1971), as part of a 1934 lecture. The modern prayer is several lines longer. In 1941, the prayer was … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“What is thinking? It is the activity of searching out what must be true, or cannot be true, in light of given facts or assumptions. It extends the information we have and enables us to see the larger picture, both clearly … Continue reading

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How Do I Pray for my Adversaries? – Guest Blogger, Ruth Evenhouse

Recently I was in a group discussion of a chapter in “The Good and Beautiful Life” (by James Bryan Smith) which encourages us to pray for our enemies or for broken re- lationships. One of the leaders  shared a prayer sheet … Continue reading

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