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In our fiercely independent and individualistic culture, authentic community is tough. Authentic spiritual community… even tougher.
Nevertheless, we’re going to try and do it. As a mid-size, American church, we’re going to try and figure out how to form networks of spiritually trusting, strengthening, friendships.
In this lesson (over next several weeks), I’ll be talking about why and how. Continue reading
We conclude looking at the art of confession with this lesson on two themes…
1. what is penance, and what is it’s value to our souls?
2. how do we receive a confession well? Continue reading
So, after a few weeks championing the benefits confession affords our souls, we come today, to the practical “how-to’s” of this ancient practice.
We look at making a good confession in three parts,
2) thoroughness, and
(Only some beginning remarks on penance; just enough to let you know it is probably not what you think it is. We’ll finish up next week)
Have a listen. Continue reading
After last week’s digression to reinforce the importance of making for ourselves a healthy spiritual community, today we resume looking at the practicality of this ancient spiritual spiritual practice, confession.
The themes of this lesson are very personal for me. The bulk of last week’s digression-lesson was a personal story, and this week is too. It was embarrassing 15 years ago, now it is one of my most cherished memories. Continue reading
This digression will expand what I said last week, and I’ll spend the lion’s share of our time telling you a story from my own life. It’s a story of love for people, and how without it, we cannot give our gifts to one another, and consequently, we fall short of our destinies. Continue reading
The ancient art of confession is lost to most Christians today. It is a loss that causes great peril to our souls. In this lesson, we talk about the importance of this ancient practice, and some of the reasons we tend to resist it. Continue reading
As we’ve been talking about “The Big Three,” pride, lust, and greed, we’re seeing that we don’t turn away their destructive powers in our lives very well alone. Though we’ve been schooled in individualism, and independence, these thoroughly American traits don’t tend to serve us well on the spiritual journey. Today’s lesson focuses on the imperative of hammering out for ourselves, a community of spiritual friends. The next few lessons will focus on how to do that; what it will look like when we do. Continue reading
by Doug Hammack [Download MP3] The “Big Three” temptations of life have a long and storied tradition. The ancients called them “the lust of the eyes,” “the lust of the flesh,” and “the pride of life.” We think of them … Continue reading
This week, my dear friend and a fixture in our spiritual community died. Jim Amundson was a letter from God, written for us to read. In today’s lesson, I discuss Divine Grace, and my text will be Jim’s life.
1936-2009 Continue reading
We continue our break from our 2-Views series of lessons, and revisit a central them of NRCC, spiritual friendships and community. We’re looking at the importance of having allies for the spiritual journey, and in this lesson, we look at how one acts as an ally, how one is a spiritual friend. Continue reading