By L. Roger Owens
"I problem you to get via a bankruptcy of this publication and not using a hope for God being struck on your soul. Roger Owens wears his brilliance flippantly and loves phrases tenderly and lavishly in those pages. he's ferociously proficient, and speedy changing into one of many abbas to whom the interpreting church usually turns for a notice from the Lord." -Jason Byassee, Senior Pastor of Boone United Methodist Church and a Fellow in Theology & management at Duke Divinity institution With a mode and heat of presentation that may remind readers of Henri Nouwen's hottest paintings, Abba provide Me a note interweaves the author's own tales of fight – and transformation – with reflections at the heritage and goal of non secular course. the result's a smart creation to an historic paintings and perform of "soul care" – directed at Christians of all backgrounds. "This is a consultant for these longing for a major but pleased trip from isolation to communion. it really is approximately companionship on the...
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The field that on other days was our playground for chasing balls or each other on Sunday was a passage, and we crossed it with joy. Standing between those lecterns in front of these people, I preached. Sunday after Sunday I had a growing sense that I was preaching out of my own poverty, not a poverty of knowledge, but a poverty of prayer. I spoke about that which I did not know. Maybe my woven flax alb hid from them my poverty, and maybe it hid it from me for a while, and maybe I hid it behind book learning and funny stories, my two defenses against this one fact: they looked to me as a spiritual leader, and I needed to be led.
Mystery solved. Spiritual formation groups were mandatory small groups in which all incoming divinity school students had to participate. They were a new attempt to remedy the fact that students at divinity school learned a lot about God, but it didn’t help much in relating to God or in teaching other people how. My group wasn’t effective at doing what it was intended to do. Larry hadn’t been my group leader, but at student orientation all the group leaders were introduced to the incoming class.
George was Bill’s cousin and the chair of our church’s administrative board. Ginger had to do all the talking, because my mind was completely occupied. I was so busy trying to figure out how I knew this man and that his name was Larry, I didn’t even notice whether the spaghetti casserole was as wonderful as everyone said it would be. When the meal was finished, Bill walked over to our table. “There’s someone I want you to meet. ” His name is Larry, I thought. ” Louisburg Baptist was the downtown Baptist church, just two blocks from the Cola Café.
Abba, Give Me a Word. The Path of Spiritual Direction by L. Roger Owens