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Andy Crouch at Laity Lodge: What Keeps Us From Being Creative?

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We had a fantastic lineup at Laity Lodge last week. Our musicians were Ashley Cleveland and Kenny Greenberg (for the second retreat in a row). Our speakers were Dr. J.I. Packer and Andy Crouch. I expect most of you have […]

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Retreat as Practice

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This past weekend we at Laity Lodge were pleased to host a group from Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. This large, vibrant church hosts a wide array of ministries, including The Center for Christian Spirituality. The director of […]

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Scot McKnight on Laity Lodge

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My last couple of posts focused on Scot McKnight in light of his recent visit to Laity Lodge. Today I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Scot blogged on Laity Lodge. I want to highlight his post, not only because […]

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Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge

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Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge: 2009 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This past weekend we were pleased to host Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge. Many of my readers will be familiar with Scot because […]

Unusual Hi-Tech Retreat at Laity Lodge

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Laity Lodge is, quite intentionally, a lo-tech place. We don’t have cell service in the Frio Canyon where Laity Lodge is located, and we don’t want it. If people need to make phone calls, they can use pay phones! We […]

Earl Palmer on Regarding Others as Better Than Ourselves

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Part 14 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This past weekend we had our annual Leaders’ Retreat at Laity Lodge. Earl Palmer was our main speaker, teaching four Bible studies on Philippians. […]

More Laity Lodge Photos

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Some more photos from recent Laity Lodge retreats . . . . Earl Palmer, Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, holds forth in the Great Hall. A soft-shelled turtle and some giant catfish in the Frio River at […]

Laity Lodge Photos

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Here are a couple of fun photos from recent Laity Lodge retreats. A flower arrangement made by my daughter at our of our art workshops. Yours truly with J.I. Packer and Steven Purcell, the Director of Laity Lodge.  Dr. Packer […]

Catching My Breath . . .

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Thanks for all of your helpful, encouraging, and challenging comments on my recent posts on the PCUSA crisis. I have more to add to that series, but need to catch my breath. Right now I’m helping to facilitate a conference […]

A Windmill

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Here’s a photo of a windmill on the H.E. Butt Foundation property, where Laity Lodge is located.

Yes! You Drive (and Walk!) in the River

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Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of coming to a retreat at Laity Lodge (and Laity Lodge Youth Camps) is the fact that you drive in the river to get to the retreat. No, you don’t simply drive across […]

Gordon Fee on Rejoicing in the Lord

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Part 13 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Recently Gordon Fee came to speak at Laity Lodge. He is now a Professor Emeritus of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Before retiring, he […]

Cold in Texas

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One of the things I’m growing to like about Texas is the winter weather. During the months of December, January, and February, the weather in the Hill Country often dips below freezing. But it doesn’t stay there for weeks at […]

N.T. Wright and the â??New Perspective on Paulâ?

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Part 12 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series N.T. Wright is part of a movement among scholars that is sometimes called the “New Perspective on Paul.” In this movement you’ll find a […]

My Response to N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge (cont)

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Part 11 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series At the pastors and leaders retreat at Laity Lodge, Bishop N.T. Wright gave five talks. We had asked him to speak from the platform […]

My Response to N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge

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Part 10 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I reported on the recent visit of N.T. Wright to Laity Lodge and shared my introduction of […]

Introducing N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge

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Part 9 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few days ago we were blessed to host a retreat for pastors and other leaders with N.T. Wright as speaker. Bishop Tom, as […]

Speaking of Musicians After God’s Own Heart . . . Let Me Introduce Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, and Gwen Franz

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Part 8 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I wrote about meeting Brian Moss, a musician “after God’s own heart.” Earlier this week at Laity Lodge I added […]

A Musician After God’s Own Heart

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Part 7 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few weeks ago I got to know Brian Moss, “a musician after God’s own heart.” As you may know, this description was first […]

Mark Toone and Grappling with God

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Part 6 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few weeks ago Mark Toone spoke at Laity Lodge for a men’s retreat from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. Mark is the […]

Greg Ogden at Laity Lodge

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Part 5 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This past weekend Greg Ogden spoke at Laity Lodge, at a retreat for Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church of Austin, Texas. Greg is currently the […]

Approaching Laity Lodge

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One of the paths to the center of Laity Lodge, with the cliffs of the Frio River in the background . . .

Do You Need to Be Disillusioned?

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Part 3 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series At a recent retreat at Laity Lodge, I participated in an early morning devotional led by Steven Purcell, my colleague who is the Director […]

Lloyd Ogilvie at Laity Lodge

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Part 2 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I mentioned in my last post, the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie was the main speaker at a recent Laity Lodge retreat intended especially […]

Sharing Laity Lodge: An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know that I’ve taken a new position as the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, […]

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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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