Life Together Reflections, Ch. 2

The beginning of the second chapter in Life Together is dedicated to a reframing of when “day” begins and ends.  In the Old Testament, the day began in the evening, when we rest and God works.  The day ended at sunset, when darkness begins. In the New Testament, the day begins Sunday morning at the…

Life Together Reflections, Ch.1

Below are quotes and some preliminary thoughts on Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together“.  My hope is that it encourages you to read the book and be inspired by the mystical Body of Christ. “It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God’s Word and sacrament.”…

Perennial Questions Leaders Need to Answer

I’m a huge fan of Patrick Lencioni.  When I grow up, I wanna be like him. In this short video, he offers some advice on the questions that need constant clarity within the corporation and departments.  These questions are for every manager to ask and answer for their teams.  They offer clarity…and motivation with purpose….

A Good Definition on Legalism

A good definition on Legalism (also described as superstition by Dallas Willard):   Legalism: [a ]claim that overt action in conforming to rules for explicit behavior is what makes us right and pleasing to God and worthy of blessing.   Dallas Willard I grew up in a system that perpetuated conforming to rules that I might…

A verse of vocation for Roy

A verse of vocation for my life. One that is filled with wisdom, power, and love. God already did the choosing and appointing. That won’t ever change. It’s me believing that word and deciding to live into it as I obey Jesus. John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed…

Human Development through Scripture

To say that this is good would be a slap to the face. Human development/stage development/stages of faith serve to help us name experiences and inner movements of the heart and mind.  They seem to be perennial and travel throughout generations and history.  They’ve help me to face my own inner angst and longings. Source:…

What Makes Ministry Stressful

What follows are some reflections on chapter 2 of “That Their Work Will Be a Joy”, by Cameron Lee and Kurt Fredrickson.  (Amazon link:  http://a.co/0lWeM08).  It’s part of my first Doctorate of Ministry class at Fuller Seminary.  All quotes are from the book.  I wholeheartedly recommend it to everybody in ministry and seminary!   What…

Four Questions You Have

My world revolves around questions. Curiosity/wondering/imagining, suffering/pain/fear, joy/hope/love. All of these movements illicit questions. I’m asking the questions and I’m being asked by others.  Many of the tough questions have to do with broken relationships, financial struggles, family issues, broken dreams, personal struggles (i.e. anger, depression, substance abuse, feeling lost), feeling out of touch. There…

Using the VIM framework for Pastoral Counseling

I did a spiritual formation retreat last weekend and shared on Dallas Willard and Henri Nouwen’s work; specifically looking at their views on transformation. Both use the starting point of longing/desire/deep need, which is a “goal” or vision. I’ve posted a summary on it here:  https://elchappy.com/2017/08/13/a-retreat-for-transformation/ I think this can also be used for a…

Personal Retreat and Family Vacation

I’ve been on personal and retreat and family vacation for the last few weeks.  It’s the longest stretch of time I’ve taken off…ever. The Need for Rest and Recovery My work demands a lot of time with people.  It’s what I love to do.  It’s who I am.  Yet I’ve also noticed that in order…