The many little deaths in serving others

Richard Foster in his excellent book Celebration of Discipline (pg 110) writes:   “In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus’ call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel than his word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. … But in service, we much experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. … Continue reading The many little deaths in serving others

First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 2)

As I continue to share with you some of the things God spoke to me about whilst on sabbatical, I want to return this week to biblical meditation. Last week we started to explore how one form of biblical meditation was a little like chewing the cud. How did you get on having a go? Imagination: a tool for understanding Francis Schaeffer once said, ‘The … Continue reading First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 2)

First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 1)

As I continue to share with you some of the things God spoke to me about whilst on sabbatical, I want to focus this week on the important but often neglected tool (or, in old money, discipline) that is¬†meditation. It’s amazing how, as I write the word meditation, my mind drifts swiftly¬†to images of people with crossed legs, chanting some repetitive religious mantra. Why is … Continue reading First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 1)