Archive for July 2007

Memories of a Hot Summer Day

July 31, 2007

bigbasssmall.jpgYou’re getting a double header today. (Be sure to read Sharon’s post below.) This pastBig Bass Lake Thursday evening Sharon and I arrived home from Michigan. Thanks for all your prayers; we had a great vacation. But today I’m actually thinking of another trip Sharon and I took from Michigan to New York. (more…)

Beyond Words

July 31, 2007

patrickpool.jpgThe Patrick’s Picnic is such a happy route back into life-at-BRC after having been way. I don’t get to see everyone, but we do get to look into many dear familiar (family-er) faces and see love shining out. And there is just so much life at a Patrick picnic, isn’t there. (more…)

Who Are We Really

July 13, 2007

Issues of identity are big for a lot of us. Even while we’re going about our lives fairly competently and happily, there’s often some low-grade inner static. If we pay attention and listen in on the static, it’s often muttering, “Is this who I really am? Am I an okay person? Am I being the person I am capable of being?”

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The Church of the Servant King

July 9, 2007

I’m reading a book called The Vow, by Pete Greig. He describes how, at the age of 17, a young German count by the name of Nicklaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf joined with some friends in making a vow that became the basis for what was eventually to be called The Order of the Mustard Seed. Each member of the order wore a ring inscribed with the motto, “None live for themselves.” (more…)

Small (very small) Whatevers

July 6, 2007

Last night we had our first Gathering of the summer, and our first “spiritual potluck” ever.  A spiritual potluck is what happens when a group gets together without a specific agenda (menu), but agrees that each person will bring ‘something to share’: whatever God has used to speak to them most recently — a piece of art, a bit of Scripture, a prophesy, a prayer, a question, a song, a journal entry, a dream, a story.  (more…)

Two Questions

July 3, 2007

St. Ignatius of Loyala made popular what’s called the Prayer of Examen in the 16th century. It’s a prayer exercise to help us perceive the movement of the Spirit in our lives as we look back on our day. A popular version of this exercise focuses on two questions: What gave me life today? What took life from me today? These questions remind me of something St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote just one hundred and fifty years after Christ lived: “The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God.”

I think these are great questions for “seeing” what God is saying and doing in our lives. So much of my experience of life depends not on outward circumstances but on my attitude. As you reflect on your day so far, what attitudes and assumptions have given you life today? What attitudes and assumptions have taken life from you?

Jesus’ Gospel

July 2, 2007

What do you think of when you hear the word “gospel?” Maybe it’s gospel music, or the four New Testament gospels, or the cross, or ‘the plan of salvation’, or just Jesus. Did you know that Jesus had a gospel (good news) that He preached? (more…)