Tag Archives: James Bryan Smith

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 unre- 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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People of the Lie

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The woman said to … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with God – Stages of Spiritual Maturity

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 Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In these passages, we learn … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with God – The Reckless Love of God

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 Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. This well-loved passage from Luke … Continue reading

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What is Spiritual Formation?

If you are interested in the general topic of Spiritual Formation, you might want to check out 14 entries I have written for the Daily Devotional booklet, Words of Hope (from February 1, 2016 to February 14.  You can find … Continue reading

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