Spend time in study on a topic from interesting materials such as
- Lectionary reading and helps of all sorts from The Text This Week HERE
- Bible reading using Lectio divina: read scripture aloud 3 times (an audio approach provided by Alive Now is here [though, sadly, it will stop in May 2017] and another, by Pray-as-you-go is HERE)
- Understand the facts – who, what, when and where (meditatio)
- Picture yourself as the storyteller and audience (contemplatio)
- Stop and rest with the words that are appealing (oratio)
- Find an accountability partner, study group, book group, blog group or ??? to express thoughts, challenge one another and hold each other accountable for study
- There are hundreds of good books – a few of my favorite books and/or authors include
- The Humor of Christ – Elton Trueblood
- God’s Psychiatry – Charles Allen
- Leonard Sweet (Soul Salsa and The Gospel According to Starbucks are both good)
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
- Do an item from Nine Spiritual Practices in Nature (Presbyterians Today – March 2014)
Read a denominational publication from your church (Presbyterians are blessed by the breadth and depth of coverage in Presbyterians Today and Methodists enjoy Interpreter
Another great source is The Thoughtful Christian.
They publish free resources and studies plus course materials at reasonable prices.
- “Spiritual networking and resources for an evolving faith” sound interesting? If so, check out Progressive Christianity
- Google search on “religion”
- Presbyterian site with materials for new members and Elders/Deacons (theocademy.com/)
- Biblos.com has good materials for reference
- Inspirational videos here on Godvine.com
- Consider study relating to film or other media (search “Ed McNulty Cincinnati Presbytery film critic” for some examples)
Spend some time with the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook
, which provides people and ministries in the church to pray for as well as short stories of mission
- Upbuilding Ministries runs training events that “upbuild men, women, and children in practical expressions of their Christian faith.” It has been a great learning and practicing experience for many!
- Fasting has many benefits, especially freeing us to be be more mindful of those on our prayer lists (and those without food, when we’re doing a food fast).
- Sparkhouse advertises thought-provoking materials for children, youth and adults (we only have experience with the adult videos – they’re quite good!)
- There are many good Disciple and Serendipity materials for study
- Consider journaling your recent experiences (see this CP post for more)
- Pamela C. Hawkins has written some good materials for study
- HERE are links to Lenten stories (with reflection questions) written by Ron Johnson
- HEALING & PEACE
On my honor, I will do my best to present myself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15)