I’ve been cleaning up some long-standing piles of “things to be filed” and among them, I found this challenging quote from Henri Nouwen and his book, Here and Now, (138-139). “The compassionate life is the life of downward mobility! In a society in which upward mobility is the norm, downward mobility is not only discouraged … More The Way of Downward Mobility
Friday is for Heart Songs Ran across a great quote today from Dutch-Catholic Priest, Henri Nouwen, who in 1972 wrote these words in his book, The Wounded Healer: It is a painful fact indeed to realize how poorly prepared most Christian leaders prove to be when they are invited to be spiritual leaders in the true sense. … More Becoming a Pastor Rather than a Circus Director
Friday is for Heart Songs Too many leaders, inside and outside of the church, spoil their gifts and opportunities with pride and arrogance. It is sad but all too common. I was reflecting on spoiled talents of a potential young leader this week who simply will not be under anyone’s authority other than his own. … More Why is Humility in Leadership So Rare?
Prompted by a friends question, I went to the bookshelf to retrieve one of my favorite books on prayer, Henri Nouwen’s The Way of the Heart. Five years ago, when my daughter was in college, she was assigned the book for a class and I gave her my copy to save some money. When the class was … More Finding New Treasures in Old Books and Surprising Teachers (Henri Nouwen and my Daughter)
A valued friend contacted me on Facebook™ and wanted to know if I could recommend a book/booklet to help people learn how to pray. That’s a perennial problem—helping new believers and many times, older believers, to pray well, to pray biblically, to pray frequently, to pray with confidence and boldness, to pray about everything, to … More Henri Nouwen, Jesus and Teaching People to Pray
Friday is for Heart Songs “It is necessary that we ‘fashion our own desert where we can withdraw every day, shake off our compulsions, and dwell in the gentle healing presence of our Lord. Without such a desert we will lose our own soul while preaching the gospel to others. But, with such a spiritual … More Finding Solitude in the Soul