What is a Contemplative Bible Study? Pt. 4, Mediation that’s Uniquely Christian

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Meditation that’s Uniquely Christian

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16

The subject of Colossians 3:16 is “the word of Christ.”

While that seems self-evident, it’s important to note a few implications of this fact.  First, the subject is not me or you.  The subject is always Christ.

This is why Paul invites us to surrender.

We often come to the Word longing to hear from God specifically in response to a situation or issue we are facing.

While such an approach is common, it’s also idolatrous.

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Do You Remember When?

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I concluded last week’s blog with the following question:

Do you remember when you last felt the Word of Christ dwelling richly in you?

Now, before you read further, pause and identify that moment or those moments when you recall sensing the deep indwelling of the presence of Christ in your life.

We never seem to have enough money, time, sleep, coffee, joy, love, etc.

We all – at times – complain about our lack of resources.  We decry our lack of time and we sulk when we see others who seem to have more of each.

Truth is, life is hard.  Time runs out for all of us.  Money is in short supply for many of us.

It seems we live our lives from scarcity.

Yet Kingdom living offers an experience in direct opposition to scarcity.  Kingdom living invites us to live life from abundance, joy, and delight.

Would that disciples of Jesus enjoy the gifts of abundance, joy, and delight as consistent, even habitual experiences.

This is the experience to which Paul is calling us when he invites us to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”

In order to that, let the Word richly dwell within, we need to reflect deeply and consistently on the gift of Christ and the Kingdom He invites us to enjoy.

This means that, in order to enjoy the rich gifts of the Kingdom, everything we know – particularly about reading and hearing – is going to have to change.

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What is A Contemplative Bible Study? Pt. 2: Mountains, Metaphor, and Meditation

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What is A Contemplative Bible Study? Pt. 2: Mountains, Metaphor, and Meditation

Last week I retreated with a group of fellow believers at a Franciscan Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This retreat is the final in a series of retreats facilitated by the Apprentice Institute and James Bryan Smith†.  Though it was our final retreat together, it was my first visit to Colorado – ever.

Having heard much about Colorado’s beautiful landscape, I was anticipating some wonderful views filled with moments of majesty and awe.

 

And, though what I saw mocks my meager reach for words to describe it, I can tell you that I was not disappointed!

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