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0 Comments | Submitted: 09/20/2012 04:40 PM
This is your chance.
Dr. Bob Shelton, the former President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be joining us for a special Faith in the City pub night this coming Tuesday. Bob got to know Willie a bit from his time in Austin and will guide us deeper into this particular Texas poet/singer/songwriter's perspective on faith and life. It is good stuff.
For one thing, a lot of folks aren't sure if secular musicians ever address spiritual concepts in their work. I disagree with that notion - I think artists are talking about God, the divine, and spirituality more so than ever before in history. The conversation is happening in our culture - are us religious folk brave enough to join in?
Of course, I will be asking Bob that question Tuesday night - is there such a thing as the sacred and secular divide? Or is God mixed in with everything?
Join us for free pizza and great fellowship and some good music. We kick things off at 7:30 pm at Bryan Street Tavern. Childcare is available at the church too. Call us if you have questions (214-824-8185).
You can RSVP on Facebook.
0 Comments | Submitted: 08/23/2012 04:07 PM
Our new Yoga Group is back this Sunday in the Parlor at noon. Charles will lead once again in some basic breathing and stretching exercises. We had such a good turnout for our first group, that we will likely make this an ongoing activity. Another great thing that Charles does is that he incorporates it with some prayer practice ideas. In other words, you can exercise and listen for God at the same time.
The website, Christians Practicing Yoga, highlights the benefits of yoga for a Christian seeking closer relationship with God:
As Feuerstein pointed out, yoga can enrich the life of a Christian—or member of any religion–by balancing the nervous system and stilling the mind. In short, by creating an environment in the body for meditation. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish mystic, speaks in her writings on prayer about “the fool in the house”—the restless mind. If you’ve ever tried to pray, you know what she’s talking about!
For me, when I read those stories in the Gospels where Jesus goes off to pray all night, praying for others and recharging for his ministry, I imagine he did something more like a yoga practice, sitting quietly, relaxing his mind and body, and listening deeply for God’s voice. Maybe this is one way we can recover some of our eastern Christian roots in our western worldview.
0 Comments | Submitted: 07/10/2012 04:09 PM
Rev. Douglass Anne and I were excited to lead a group of 7 youth on a trip to northwest Arkansas over the 4th of July week. We met up with other youth groups from Longview, Spearman, Odeassa, Midland, and more. In the midst of fun, worship, and fellowship, we spent a day in Joplin, working on tornado recovery efforts. It was a great experience!
You can find some of our pictures from the trip on our EDCCYouth site.
Stay tuned for more youth news, including an Airhogs baseball game and bowling event.