On this Ash Wednesday, Pastor David spoke about the “Jesus Prayer,” an ancient Christian prayer that has its roots in the parable Jesus told in Luke 18:9-14.
In this first sermon in Pastor David’s Doctor of Ministry professional project, we explore the notion of Jesus as the Word of God while we walk through John 1.
Last weekend, I attended a conference in Rockville, Maryland – where it was sunny and hot, nearly 90 degrees! – hosted by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. As their website says, “Shalem is grounded in Christian contemplative spirituality yet draws on the wisdom of many religious traditions.” I would guess, simply based on observation, that the vast majority of the 150+ attendees to this conference are Christians, but they practice Christianity in a way that is a bit different than how you and I usually practice it.
I attended this conference in order to fulfill a requirement for my current Doctor of Ministry “independent study” course. I designed this course a few months ago, in consultation with my supervising professor, in order to propel me forward into the Professional Project which will be the culmination, the capstone, of my doctoral work. According to the seminary’s instructions, my independent study was to include an “immersion experience” which would connect to this Professional Project and, at the same time, would stretch me in some meaningful, significant ways. Last weekend’s Shalem conference did exactly that. Continue reading
Mary chose the better way in Luke 10:38-42 – she simply sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to what he said. Can we do the same in our lives? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon here: