The church needs to embrace the pastoral gift/role of “spiritual writing” as enthusiastically it celebrates the gift of public speaking.
Instead of flinging a relatively impersonal sermon out over a nameless crowd each Sunday, a personal letter to the right person at the right time can fling a shepherd’s arms around wounded or wandering sheep, refreshing their soul.
Yesterday I began my next doctoral essay. Here's a sneak peek at the introduction -JB. “If you had sent a letter…there would have been nothing to prevent my seeming to be actually in your company, and enjoying it as though we had been together… But why do you not write?” -St. Basil to Leontis, 364 AD Pastors know … Continue reading The Unbearable Silence of Monday
“I rest only so long as I am writing to you or reading your letters.” —Cicero, To Atticus 9.4.1 “That which is sweetest when we meet face to face is afforded by the impress of a friend's hand upon his letter - recognition.” —Seneca, Moral Letters 40.1 I am drawn by some invisible force to “look for … Continue reading Ancient Letters Speak Today
I often talk about church as a car repair shop rather than a Sunday trip through a car wash. While the latter may feel nice and give your exterior a little extra shine for a few days, it does not address the ‘engine’ inside that makes us go. At MainStreet we desire to open the … Continue reading Epictetus: Soul-Wrenching Work
This is an excerpt from a much longer essay I wrote called "Royal Scribes in the King's Court: Ancient Education & Christian Discipleship." Enjoy! I hail from good Lutheran stock from the Midwest (Minnesota) where we shared potlucks (with an endless variety of “hot dishes”) in the church basement, and Bible studies in the Fireside … Continue reading Political Discipleship in the Christian Colony