I am working my way through In God’s Hands: The Spiritual Diaries of Pope Saint John Paul II. These are excerpts from his personal journals written during and after spiritual retreats through his life. One passage I’ve come across early on deals with ministry and issues he faced as a bishop in the Catholic Church at that time. They ring true for ministers in general it seems. Continue reading “The problem of ministry”
Our church staff is reading John Bevere’s book on the Holy Spirit. There are some thoughts drawn from others who have fellowshipped in communion with the Holy Spirit that stirred my heart and thinking. Continue reading “The communion of the Holy Spirit”
Well worth your time and a slow read: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. He takes the psalms of ascents and puts them into everyday practical language to discuss discipleship for the believer. From Psalm 130, some thoughts: Continue reading “Nobody knows the trouble…”
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples. — Ps. 96:3, NIV Continue reading “Declaring his great name”
I came across a gem of a book called Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart. It is a collection of writings from Fathers of the Eastern Church from about the 4th to the 14th centuries. Continue reading “The key to knowing the heart of God”
This is well worth spending the hour listening. It begins around 5:00 with N T Wright and this is some of the most important teaching on the cross we’ve needed to understand in my lifetime. It is so fresh and makes sense. For those who have rejected Christianity because of a misreading of the Old Testament (and Wright would explain that), THIS is an important listen.