Spiritual Renewal in Everyday Life

Silence and Solitude

Two words that seem lost in our fast-paced world are silence and solitude. Start with silence. Sure, I find silence difficult. I like to break the silence especially when I think have something important to say. Other times, I use a smart-remark or joke to brush the silence away.         Solitude is a friend of

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A Thin Space with All Saints

As I reflect with you and further “unpack” our recent pilgrimage to Ireland with members of Christ Church United Methodist, many of us experienced those moments that we might consider “thin spaces.” These are the times where the extraordinary in life enters the ordinary, and where the everyday events are transformed right before our eyes

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Worship—A Thin Place

I hope you don’t mind, but I want to set aside these next couple of blogs to “unpack” our pilgrimage to Ireland. A pilgrimage is not a packaged 5-star holiday, or a Disney getaway, nor is it simply a trip. A pilgrimage is not about the destination but the journey. A pilgrimage is more about

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THE CALL FOR SPIRITUAL MENTORS

I was a rector for about five years and looked pretty good on the outside. On the inside I was hollow. I needed help. Spiritual help. It was the 1980s, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation led by Tilden Edwards in Washington, D.C., caught my attention. I made a proposal to the vestry and

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The Pilgrimage to Ireland

September 19-30, 2022 Well, the countdown has finally arrived as we are about to depart on our pilgrimage to Ireland. Led by Jennie Weeks, Liz Curtis Higgs and myself, members of Christ Church Methodist, Louisville, and friends, will soon begin an 11-day journey to the “Island of Saints and Scholars” where we will reflect upon

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Water as Theophany

My Dad was a Navy pilot in World War II. As much as he loved to fly there was something about the water and sailing that gave him an even greater thrill. That’s his foot in the front, lower right corner of the picture. He probably had one hand on the camera and his other

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Delight is an Expression of the Soul

We express ourselves in many different ways. A smile, a frown, an open hand, or a fist bump, all might be considered a form of expressing body language. You know, a thought, or an idea, even a hunch, may further express something taking place in the mind. Most of us are familiar with the feelings

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Do Not Pray for Easy Lives

One of the practices that “Celtic Spirituality” reveals over and again is God’s closeness and involvement within our everyday life. Theologians often refer to this understanding of God by discussing the immanence, the omniscience, the ever presence of God.   The ancient Celtic tradition literally “incorporates” (Latin, in + corpus) this body of God by

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Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary

July 15, 1972 Hard to believe. Fifty years. Seriously? For me, it seems like yesterday. I know, people often fall back on the well-worn cliché, “time flies.” Not me. Not today. If I have learned anything during these fifty years of marriage it is “time reveals.” Come back with me to the beginning. Mary and

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Reclaim the Lost Art of Blessing

Upon arriving in Dublin, our first stop will most appropriately be, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was built in the 11th Century and it literally reeks of history where we will gain a brief overview. The Cathedral’s namesake, “St Patrick” provides us with a framework for going deeper into our appreciation of “Celtic Spirituality” and

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Silence and Solitude

Two words that seem lost in our fast-paced world are silence and solitude. Start with silence. Sure, I find silence difficult. I like to break the silence especially when I think have something important to say. Other times, I use a smart-remark or joke to brush the silence away.         Solitude is a friend of

Read More »

A Thin Space with All Saints

As I reflect with you and further “unpack” our recent pilgrimage to Ireland with members of Christ Church United Methodist, many of us experienced those moments that we might consider “thin spaces.” These are the times where the extraordinary in life enters the ordinary, and where the everyday events are transformed right before our eyes

Read More »

Worship—A Thin Place

I hope you don’t mind, but I want to set aside these next couple of blogs to “unpack” our pilgrimage to Ireland. A pilgrimage is not a packaged 5-star holiday, or a Disney getaway, nor is it simply a trip. A pilgrimage is not about the destination but the journey. A pilgrimage is more about

Read More »

THE CALL FOR SPIRITUAL MENTORS

I was a rector for about five years and looked pretty good on the outside. On the inside I was hollow. I needed help. Spiritual help. It was the 1980s, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation led by Tilden Edwards in Washington, D.C., caught my attention. I made a proposal to the vestry and

Read More »

The Pilgrimage to Ireland

September 19-30, 2022 Well, the countdown has finally arrived as we are about to depart on our pilgrimage to Ireland. Led by Jennie Weeks, Liz Curtis Higgs and myself, members of Christ Church Methodist, Louisville, and friends, will soon begin an 11-day journey to the “Island of Saints and Scholars” where we will reflect upon

Read More »

Water as Theophany

My Dad was a Navy pilot in World War II. As much as he loved to fly there was something about the water and sailing that gave him an even greater thrill. That’s his foot in the front, lower right corner of the picture. He probably had one hand on the camera and his other

Read More »