A List of Good Works! The Rule of St. Benedict Chapter 4 (Listening to the Saints)

Chapter four of The Rule of St. Benedict is a list of good works Christians ought to do. Seriously, its just a list of  about 100 spiritual acts. Is there use in such a list? My Facebook feed is daily filled with shared articles on all sorts of random things (“17 Questions Elf Left Unanswered“,Continue reading “A List of Good Works! The Rule of St. Benedict Chapter 4 (Listening to the Saints)”

Walking with the Saints- The Rule of St. Benedict Chapters 1-2

What are the attributes of a good leader?  There are myriads of books out there on leadership, from leadership in the corporate world to leadership in the church and a good bit in between.  Specifically speaking about leadership in the Christian community, there is a lot out there.  Often when leadership is discussed in ChristianContinue reading “Walking with the Saints- The Rule of St. Benedict Chapters 1-2”

Our Effort and God’s Empowering – The Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue

I have enjoyed and benefited from working through the classics of Christian literature over the past few years, reading such great authors as Augustine of Hippp, Theresa of Avila, John of the Cross, John Woolman, Brother Lawrence and others.  My next to work through is The Rule of St. Benedict. Benedict of Nursia lived fromContinue reading “Our Effort and God’s Empowering – The Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue”

Be Real, Be Vulnerable – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)

I was talking to a student recently who showed a frustration with people who attend church.  He said that they get dressed up all nice and act perfect, even looking down on those who do not attend church.  They think they are better then the rest of us.  But the thing is, they are justContinue reading “Be Real, Be Vulnerable – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)”

Thoughts on Prayer – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)

There are many more fantastic passages from Bonhoeffer’s classic on Christian community, Life Together, that I want to share.  Here are a few on prayer: “As good and useful as our scruples may be about keeping our prayer pure and biblical, they must nevertheless not stifle the free prayer itself that is so necessary, forContinue reading “Thoughts on Prayer – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)”

Walking with the Saints – Jesus – Life Together

Some great quotes from Bonhoeffer’s fantastic book Life Together on Jesus.  I find both these quotes both incredibly challenging and relevant. God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. It is in fact more important for us to know what God did to Israel, in God’s son JesusContinue reading “Walking with the Saints – Jesus – Life Together”

Listening When Others Speak a God Word – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work on community, Life Together: “Help must come from the outside; and it has come and comes daily and anew in the Word of Jesus Christ, bringing us redemption, righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. But God put this Word into the mouth of human beings so that it may be passed onContinue reading “Listening When Others Speak a God Word – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together”

The Necessity of Physical Presence – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)

I just finished reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work on Christian community, Life Together.  It was fantastic, I wish I had read it ten years ago.  This book should be must read for seminary students (why wasn’t I forced to read it in seminary?).  Over the next few weeks, I plan to share quotes from theContinue reading “The Necessity of Physical Presence – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)”

Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal

In January I set out to read John Wesley’s journal.  Over the years I have found great spiritual nourishment in reading the works from Christian saints through the ages: Theresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence, Julian of Norwich, John Calvin, John of the Cross and more.  Since I consider myself “Wesleyan” in my theology, I figuredContinue reading “Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal”

Doubt and Faith – Walking with the Saints

John Wesley was struggling with doubt about the sincerity of his faith.  The year was 1738 and though he was a preacher he was unsure whether he was even truly a Christian.  He says he was convinced of unbelief and felt that because of this he must stop preaching.  After all, how could he preachContinue reading “Doubt and Faith – Walking with the Saints”