Posts Tagged ‘devotion’

Cultivating the heart keeps our practice balanced and provides inspiration to go deeper into our own lives with authenticity and fearlessness. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 07/02/13.

For years I pillaged the Bible in search of sermons. I did my share of devotional reading too, but it was always hard to hear the text on a personal level separate from how it speaks to a congregation. When I left the pastorate, my reading of the Bible went the way of my church attendance for a while, but I did maintain devotions through the readings in Celtic Daily Prayer which had daily texts from the Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament.

A lot of the reading that I’ve done lately has challenged me to go back to the text with a fresh pair of lenses with which to read, especially Marcus Borg’s book Reading the Bible Again for the First Time. There is a difference in reading devotional selections and wrestling with hard texts to flush out their context and bridge the gap to apply them today. I guess that is the one thing I miss most about being in the pulpit every week.

In the pursuit of fairness and balance I thought it might be best to begin with the lectionary selections and a weekly post on my struggle with the text. In particular I think I’m going to be using the gospel readings, because I’ve got unfinished business with the historical Jesus vs. evangelical Jesus. We’ll see what happens. It may generate discussion, but surely it will keep my edge sharpened.

I’ll try to have each post up by Saturday, just in case some of you guys still in the saddle want to bum some ideas from me to get your “Saturday night specials” ready for Sunday morning. Just kidding, I want to have my ideas in print before I hear a sermon that biases me towards the text. I make no promises, just giving you a warning for what’s coming.