Here are the match ups for Day 3 of our Holy (March Madness)
6 – Marjorie Thompson – from the book Soul Feast
Spiritual disciplines are practices that help us consciously to develop the spiritual dimension of our lives. In adopting them, we simply recognize that our innate spiritual aptitude cannot develop fully without practice. We will choose spiritual disciplines only if we have a strong desire to grow. If our desire to develop spiritually is not deep enough to over come our resistance, we will find ourselves unable to maintain any discipline, however good our intentions. They keep us open to the mysterious work of grace in our heart and our world. They enable us not only to receive but to respond to God’s love, which in turn yields the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
3 – Brother Lawrence – from the book Practice of the Presence of God
The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.
6 – Barbara Brown Taylor – from the book Leaving Church
If churches saw their mission in the same way, there is no telling what might happen. What if people were invited to come tell what they already know of God instead of to learn what they are supposed to believe? What if they were blessed for what they are doing in the world instead of chastened for not doing more at church? What if church felt more like a way station than a destination? What if the church’s job were to move people out the door instead of trying to keep them in, by convincing them that God needed them more in the world than in the church?
3 – Bruce Epperly – from the book Tending to the Holy
We who hold the office of minister of word and sacrament, are give the responsibility to share the gospel so that congregants may experience the fullness of God in their lives, discover the life-transforming presence of Christ, discern the guidance of the Spirit, find comfort in times of uncertainty and pain, and commit themselves to becoming God’s companions in the quest for shalom in their local and global communities. Such an awesome task should both inspire and humble those of us who teach and preach.