Revisiting Meditation – June 2014 (2)

A lot of people don’t meditate because they think they’re not very good at it. Who among us likes to start the day failing at something every morning?! But meditation (the mindfulness meditation we practice at NRCC) doesn’t work that way. Turns out, the only you can fail at centering prayer – is to not […]

Continue reading

Revisiting Meditation – June 2014 (1)

My last child is about to leave for college (43 more days). As I’m getting him ready to go out the door, I feel a sense of “finals-week” pressure. I’ve got to review 18 years of really important stuff with him as he finishes up his last few days of childhood. He and I have […]

Continue reading

Authentic Spiritual Community

We are after authenticity. Come as you are and feel free to be yourself and be accepted. Authenticity doesn't isolate us, it allows us to be comfortable with who we are and to be accepted for ourselves. Jesus practiced authenticity with himself, in his teaching and in his community. Public "spaces" are where we have activities that build our community: we cheer or favorite teams together, work with others, etc... Social "space" is a subset of public space with special interests: photo club, book club, discovery dinners, etc... Personal "space" is where we are known by our story. It is

Continue reading

"Meta-noia." It's a Greek word used in our ancient texts. It means to change our thinking, to go through one state or state of mind, and come out on the other side with another. It's an important spiritual concept, to leave an empty, lesser way of thinking, and emerge into a more enlightened, higher way of thinking. To exercise power well, we need renewed minds. In this lesson, I tell you about a TED talk by Elizabeth Lesser titled "Take the 'Other' to Lunch." It is an idea rich in spiritual import.

Continue reading

Meditation: Four Practical Steps

Centering Prayer is an updated form of the ancient meditative practice, lectio divina. Because many Christians are frightened by anything Eastern, in this lesson we put those fears to rest, talking about what meditation is, and then four practical steps for practicing it.

Continue reading

Introducing Meditation (part 3)

In 2009, NRCC is embarking on a one-year experiment in integrating the ancient Christian contemplative practices into our lives. This "Meditation Practicum" will be three 11-week sessions of learning, practicing, and supporting one another. Today's message gives some more practicum to our experiment. It's worth a listen even if you're not at NRCC.

Continue reading

Introducing Meditation (part 2)

In 2009, NRCC is embarking on a one-year experiment in integrating the ancient Christian contemplative practices into our lives. This "Meditation Practicum" will be three 11-week sessions of learning, practicing, and supporting one another. Today's message gives some introductory practicum to our experiment. It's worth a listen even if you're not at NRCC.

Continue reading

Introducing Meditation (part 1)

In 2009, NRCC is embarking on a one-year experiment in integrating the ancient Christian contemplative practices into our lives. This "Meditation Practicum" will be three 11-week sessions of learning, practicing, and supporting one another. Today's message gives some context to our experiment. It's worth a listen even if you're not at NRCC.

Continue reading