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Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Insights from Elsewhere, Listening Prayer, Theological Thinking, Tips for Reading & Journaling | 0 comments

Some of you have just arrived after experiencing SOAP for the first time in a LIFEJournaling Experience offered by Grace UMC. The informal gathering at Panera Bread Company in Jackson, Tennessee was a joy to be a part of, and I’m grateful for the chance to teach folks what I’ve learned about this journaling tool. I encourage you to look over the posts of the past few months and get a feel for some of the possible ways to respond in...

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Jesus Prayer

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Insights from Elsewhere, Listening Prayer, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

“Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This has been my prayer for the last week and a half after reading the book, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer. I’m not sure I’m going to add this to my recommended books list, but it might just be for you if you have had trouble praying lately. Or if you have had trouble concentrating lately. This is an opportunity for you to connect with the millions who have prayed...

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Guest Posting from Rev. Jorge Acevedo: Ministerial stick-to-it-ness

Posted by on Dec 10, 2007 in Insights from Elsewhere, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

This journal entry was shared with Bishop Dick Wills by The Reverend Jorge Acevedo who is Lead Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, Florida. Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-“Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.” Observation: In both 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul’s tone is urgent and intense.At the end of 2 Timothy, Paul lets the cat out of the bag when he acknowledges that he is near the end...

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UNchristian

Posted by on Nov 8, 2007 in Insights from Elsewhere, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Ever wonder what young unchurched people think about the Church? Below is an interview with David Kinnaman who is one of the authors of a new book addressing this disconnect with Generation X and unchurched folks of all ages. David knows what he’s talking about. Why? Because he’s the president of Barna Research. He and George Barna have their fingers on the pulse of modern society. Here’s the other author of the book, Gabe...

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Establishing Your Christology

Posted by on Nov 6, 2007 in Insights from Elsewhere, Theological Thinking, Tips for Reading & Journaling | 0 comments

Say what? “Christology” is simply “how Christ’s role and purpose are defined.” This is important because Christ can be seen in so many roles. Healer, teacher, sacrifice, Son of God, son of men, leader, servant, political activist, exorcist, and so on. N.T. Wright writes considerably of the nature of God’s Son. You can read much of Wright’s work at the N.T. Wright page. His treatment of Jesus and his...

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Every Season – Nicole Nordeman

Posted by on Nov 3, 2007 in Insights from Elsewhere, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

In the previous entry, I journaled about Jesus’s teaching about watching for signs of the seasons’ change. This song captures some of the beauty of God working through nature and how God works similarly in our own lives. The lyrics are below the video; scroll down and read those instead of watching the stock video. Though beautifully edited, the words are much more powerful. Every Season Every evening sky An invitation To trace the...

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