Monthly Archives: May 2006

Meditations of a Hermit

I have a couple of friends who work over at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, and while I was trying to look up something a couple of months back on line on the Bethel website – which was describing what my friend does over there at Bethel, I found this quote below. Since then, it has hung on my office wall.
Maybe many of you are like this also, but I love quotes, and today — this quote put wind in my sails. Hope you enjoy it also.

  • “When Jesus has quite clearly called us to certain circumstances in life, given us a certain vocation, we need fear nothing, but should attack the most insurmountable obstacles without hesitation.”
  • Meditations of a Hermit –Charles de Foucauld
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family picture share

The other evening we spent at the sculpture gardens here in Minneapolis.
my beautiful family

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dearly love & constantly delight

A favorite book of mine is Dallas Willard’s ‘The Divine Conspiracy’. It is actually in the top 2 or 3 Christian / theology / philosophy books that I have ever read.
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I read a passage this morning, that was truly thought provoking. He was talking about how to help people in churches become more Christ-like… what would be the ‘training’ programs to do that, what would a person teach…

He first mentions things that many churches do to accomplish these ends…

– external comformity

– profession of perfectly correct doctrine

– faithfulness to the church activities

– other outwardly religious routines and various ‘spiritualities’

All of these Willard mentions, “…all come along as appropriate, more or less automatically, when the inner self is transformed. But they do not produce such a transformation. The human heart must be plowed much more deeply.”

“By contrast, the primarcy objectives of any successful course of training for ‘life on the rock’, the life that hears and does, are twofold. The first objective is to bring apprentices to the point where they dearly love and constantly delight in that ‘heavenly Father’ made real to earth in Jesus and are quite certain that there is no ‘catch’, no limit, to the goodness of his intentions or to his power to carry them out

What I have to say to that is extraordinary! To simply dearly love & constantly delight in my heavenly Father — I can do that, says my soul. I can find rest in God. I can meditate on God, and realize that there is no limit, no catch to the goodness of his intentions & the power to carry them out.

I can do that today, and so can you my fellow sojourner.


new ‘look’ for Dad

My son Caleb and I were at a coffee shop here this week, and unbeknownst to me -  Caleb stole my PocketPC & starting taking some pictures & ‘tweeking’ them a little bit. I think I like the first one the best…
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path of least resistance

There have been some things that have come up recently, that have taken the wind out of my sails.

Hard things, unexpected things, confusing things….

But it has led me to think about the verse in Psalm 139: 23 & 24 –“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

A friend also shared this quote with me, totally unaware of all of the things I am going through right now:

“The Path of least resistance usually leads you to a destination not worth getting to”

Prayer for your fellow sojourner (me 🙂 ) — that the destination is supremely worth getting to, through all of these things.


no fear…

Many, many a year ago — I memorized a passage that has stuck with me…

Recently (the past 10 days or so) — the Spirit has brought this passage to mind again & again. My wife and I have been facing a number of things that have been very hard for us & that is why this passage keeps coming to mind…

Psalm 112 (living bible)

Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes (or fears). He gives generously to those in need. His deeds will never be forgotten. He shall have influence and honor.
My hope for you my fellow sojourner, is that it ministers to your soul also.


C.S. Lewis’ message to “Da Vinci Code” fans

“Religious leaders and others distressed by Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code”–and its movie debut this weekend–might take a cue from an Oxford don steeped in medieval literature, C.S. Lewis…”

Here is the rest of the Opinion Journal article:  http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110008401