I’m sorry for the arrogance and pride with which I tried to show you the grace, love, freedom, mystery, and beauty of Christ. I’m sorry that more often than not, I displayed the truth that “knowledge puffs up” rather than “love builds up.” Years have passed since I left seminary and returned to the high […]Read more "To My Former Students"
In Luke 24, Jesus is raised from the dead and beings a series of appearances to his disciples. Two of those disciples are the men walking on the Emmaus Road. You may be rather familiar with the story. There, two men, at least one named being Cleopas, are walking from Jerusalem after the emotional week […]Read more "When He Broke Bread"
I was given this book years ago as a Christmas gift. I never could get into it, though I tried a time or two. Now, years later I read the book and find myself blown away by Tozer’s clarity, simplicity and truth. Tozer was a man who was not taught by human philosophers or theologians. Rather, […]Read more "A.W. Tozer – the “Pursuit of God” and the Sacred Life"
The following quote from Henri Nouwen hangs permanently on my refrigerator. Here is what Nouwen said about the ministry of presence. “More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live […]Read more "Henri Nouwen and the Ministry of Presence"
The first book I read in 2014 in Henri Nouwen’s The Wounded Healer. This small book packs a punch. In it, Nouwen comments on the role of ministry preparation (i.e., seminary) for actual ministry. Here is what he says. “…the desire for more professionalism in the ministry is understanding. But the danger is that instead of […]Read more "On ministry preparation and compassion"