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Winter Along the Frio River

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Like most of the U.S., the Texas Hill Country has had some impressively low temperatures in the last few days. Out at Laity Lodge, which sits next to the Frio River, the temp dropped into single digits at night. That’s […]

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Experience Laity Lodge! You’ll Be Glad You Did

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As most of my readers know, blogging is not my day job. My official title at work is “Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge.” I have served in this role for the last three and a quarter years, after […]

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Laity Lodge in Early Autumn

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Autumn is just now coming to the Texas Hill Country. I thought I’d share with you a couple of photos of Laity Lodge, the retreat center where I work. Laity Lodge is situated on the bank of the Frio River […]

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A New Promotional Plan for Laity Lodge? Help from the NBA and Pizza!

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A recent USA Today got me thinking. Perhaps there’s a new way for us to promote Laity Lodge . . . by branding food with our logo. According to the article by Bruce Horovitz, “NBA cooks up edible logos to […]

Sure Signs of Spring at Laity Lodge

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Here are some sure signs of spring at Laity Lodge. I took this photos this past weekend. Laity Lodge along the Frio River Claret Cup Cactus (sometimes called Hedgehog Cactus) Swallowtail butterfly on a Praire Verbena (sometimes called Dakota Vervain)

Fall in the Texas Hill Country, Part 2

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Here are a couple more photos, taken at Laity Lodge last weekend. Enjoy!

Earl Palmer at Laity Lodge

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Earl Palmer taught at Laity Lodge this past weekend, leading a retreat for Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. I know that many of my blog readers are familiar with Earl, but if you’re not, let me give a brief bio. Earl, […]

Michael Lindsay at Laity Lodge

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Laity Lodge was honored to have as Dr. Michael Lindsay as a speaker at our recent Leaders’ Retreat. Michael is a professor of sociology at Rice University and an award-winning author. His recent book, Faith in the Halls of Power, […]

Highest Recommendation: Frio Suite by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy

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Do I have a recommendation for you! Today marks the full release of an extraordinary album by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy: Frio Suite. This instrumental collection is engaging, inspiring, quieting, even haunting. It is an extraordinary collaboration of two […]

Michael Card’s New Book Just Out

posted by Mark D. Roberts

This last weekend we were pleased to welcome Michael Card back to Laity Lodge. Michael, as you probably know, is a highly-regarded Christian singer/songwriter. Among his best known favorites are “El Shaddai,” “Immanuel,” and “Joy in the Journey.”  Michael has […]

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications (Section 2)

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In yesterday’s post I began cogitating on the implications of the fact that, as the first act in the new creation, God will wipe away our tears. I suggested that this action of God reminds us of the pain and […]

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications

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Yesterday I put up some highlights of Scotty Smith’s recent contribution to a Laity Lodge retreat. I mentioned that one of the things he said that struck me was this: “God’s first action in the new creation is to wipe […]

Scotty Smith, Laity Lodge, and the New Creation

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At our recent Laity Lodge retreat we were pleased to have Scotty Smith as our speaker. Scotty is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. After twenty years as Senior Pastor, he is now the Pastor for […]

Lauren and Calvin at Laity Lodge

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No, I’m not talking about designer labels. Not Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, but Lauren Winner and Calvin Miller. They were speaking at our most recent Laity Lodge retreat. If you know Lauren and Calvin, you might think they’re an […]

Great Music at Laity Lodge . . . Ashley Cleveland and Kenny Greenberg

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One of the things I love about Laity Lodge is getting to hear great music in a wide variety of genres. A week ago we were treated to a world-class string trio composed of Stephen Clapp (violinist and former dean […]

A Windy Summer Day at Laity Lodge

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Here’s a great reason to hang out at Laity Lodge . . . . Check out this short video clip so you can appreciate the warm summer wind at your back:

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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