Monthly Archives: August 2012

The importance of listening . . .

The following is from one of the best books I have ever read and offers some very important and vital information.  The book is Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak*: Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. … Continue reading

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A tribute . . .

With this post we take a short break from the regular subject matter of this blog to pay a tribute to my maternal grandmother. Edna LaVaughn Sargent Wattenbarger was born on August 28, 1896 and died in January of 1989.  … Continue reading

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Human Beings Anonymous . . .

The idea for a book with the title Human Beings Anonymous started with one of the times I was working my way through Addiction and Grace*by Gerald G. May, M.D.  An earlier working title was Living as Mustard Seeds in … Continue reading

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The work of lifting up and lifting out . . .

“A form exists within the clay you are holding in your hands, and you are to discover it.  As you work with the clay, let it work with you.  Give yourself time, concentrate, and you will encounter a form taking … Continue reading

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Church: A People with a Pastoral Vocation . . .

Those words provide the title for the opening chapter of Fashion Me a People: Curriculum in the Church*by Maria Harris. The following is from this opening chapter, and provides a valuable springboard for the coming series of posts. Harris begins … Continue reading

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Practicing freedom . . .

From the wisdom of Calvin Miller*: One winter I was leading a student conference in Canada when I met the son of a prestigious physician.  He was wearing a heavy and handsome winter coat.  “Nice coat!” I said. “Thank you,” … Continue reading

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Dare to make the journey – practice your faith . . .

The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity – M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978), p. 136. A final set of comments from Robert Ball’s Walking on Water: Self-Esteem and … Continue reading

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