Here I Stand- Conclusion

This is the final post in a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Conclusion: A New Reformation Era As we approach the edge of a new era of spirituality and a new reformation of spirit, it is important that we as spiritual seekers and leaders find rhythms in which we can live our… Read more

Here I Stand- Part 7- “Have Fun”

This is the seventh installment of a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Inner Reformation Principle 6: Have Fun The sixth and final principle of inner spiritual reformation is to always make room for fun. If any two figures in Christian history knew the importance of lightheartedness and fun, it was Francis and Luther…. Read more

Here I Stand- Part 6- “Incarnational Living”

This is the sixth installment of a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Inner Reformation Principle 5: Incarnational Living  The fifth principle of inner-reformation is living an incarnational and ordinary life in the world. At the heart of the Christian story is the belief that in the person of Jesus, God became a human,… Read more

Here I Stand- Part 5- “Embrace Simplicity”

This is the fifth installment of a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Inner Reformation Principle 4: Embrace Simplicity  The fourth step towards spiritual reformation is to embrace humility, non-judgment, and simplicity. Both Francis and Luther were raised in religious systems that valued complexity, austerity, and gaudiness. All religious systems have the tendency to move… Read more

Here I Stand- Part 4- “Sacrificial Obedience”

This is the fourth installment of a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Inner Reformation Principle 3: Sacrificial Obedience  The third step of inner reformation that we can learn from Francis and Luther is that of sacrificial and courageous obedience. Upon hearing the word of the Spirit through their prayerful obedience, both Francis and… Read more

Here I Stand-Part 3- “Spiritual Discipline”

This is the third installment of a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Inner Reformation Principle 2: Spiritual Discipline  The second principle of inner reformation is that of unceasing spiritual discipline. This is probably the most apparent principle of spiritual awakening, and yet is also the hardest. Both Francis and Luther were committed to being disciplined in… Read more

Here I Stand- Part 2- “Awareness of Spirit’s Promptings”

This is the second installment of a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Inner Reformation Principle 1: Awareness to Spirit’s Promptings  The first of these principles is the inner awareness or awareness to hear and respond to the voice of the Spirit of God.   God is always speaking. The Scriptures proclaim that… Read more

Here I Stand: Francis, Luther, & Inner-Reformation Introduction

This is the introduction to a series of blog posts outlining principles of inner-reformation taken from the life of St. Francis and Martin Luther. This series was prepared as a series of talks for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans 2017 Retreat.  Introduction: How Inner-Reformation Began For Francis & Luther We are in a moment of unprecedented change in our world. On literally every continent, there is political upheaval, social unrest, and religious turmoil that are beginning to reach its boiling point…. Read more

Eugene Peterson Retracts Affirmation of Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, Religion News Service published an interview with Eugene Peterson, the author of the bestselling Bible translation “The Message”, in which Peterson clearly and plainly said that he would perform a gay wedding and allowed openly LGBT+ people to serve and lead in the churches he has pastored. This statement from Peterson was hailed as a minor victory for LGBT+ Christians who are fighting for our place in the Church, considering that Peterson is 84 years old and such… Read more

Eugene Peterson, Author of Best-Selling Bible Paraphrase “The Message,” Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Eugene Peterson is one of the most respected authors in American Christianity. His books on pastoral ministry and spirituality have sold in the millions and are required reading in seminaries and Bible colleges. His paraphrase of the Bible, “The Message”, is one of the most popular versions of the Scriptures in the Western world. And today, in an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service, Peterson undramatically answers “Yes” to the question of whether or not he’d perform a same-sex… Read more

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