Approaching Advent

In just two Sundays, Advent begins.  It is time of remembrance and hope for the promise our Lord made to us.  Jesus said He would return and He will.

I am excited that an Advent hymn I wrote has been included in a new hymnal.  We will probably try and get this hymnal next year as a church.  This year we will just use the copies of it we have used for years.

We will light the candles and remember Jesus’ first advent while we remember the Scriptural promise as we await.

God is so good.

A Possibility of a Grant

I have been working on learning how to write a grant. I want to write for a grant for funds to help churches go green and utilize wind power technology to help cut down on the energy costs. I have come across what may be an excellent product to do just this.

http://www.swiftwindturbine.com/

Currently, you cannot get this particular system in Texas. I am hoping to find a way to do so. This particular product could be mounted on the steep roofs many churches have. it could also be used on a steeple without changing the symbolism of a steeple that much.

What I am hoping for is to get an organization like Texas Baptist Men or some other construction-oriented ministry to get trained to do the instillation and then have the churches pay for the cost out of the money they would save. Within a short period of time, once the money is paid back to help other churches, the church with the system would have more money to use for ministry. This could really be helpful to small churches.

If I am trying to get a grant to do this, why blog about this idea? Isn’t it a possibility that some else will get the grant? It does not matter who get the money if the goal is obtained. It is time we seek to build the Body rather than just our own nests.

Lectio Divina & the MBTI

On Wednesday nights, we are focusing on studying (and practicing) prayer.

I am certified to give and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I am using this tool to help members of the church I serve to understand the differences and commonalities of their personalities and how this relates to prayer.

Lectio Divina is perhaps the most widely used method of prayer in the history of the Church. One of the reasons it has been so popular is that it utilizes all of our type functions and attitudes.

Lectio uses the sensing function
Meditatio uses our thinking function
Oratio uses our feeling function
Contemplatio uses the intuition to bring the steps together in life application

It is a shame this tool is often overlooked in helping those of a Baptist heritage develop their prayer lives. It really is a powerful and effective method of developing a more active and fruitful prayer life.

Lectionary Study Group

I am part of a small group of local pastors who follow the Revised Common Lectionary. By using the lectionary, we have a common focus. Each member of the group brings their own theological background and particular heritage to the discussion. This makes for great ongoing education and promotes wonderful fellowship.

It is also interesting to find out that even though we serve in different denominations, we share many of the same problems and concerns.

May prayer for this group:

Lord,
Thank you for the body of Christ.
We are different, yet share a common desire;
to live out or calling
as faithful servants.
Amen