Lent is a reflective time when we anticipate the coming of Easter. For this reason, I invite you to deepen your faith through a Lenten study of A Christian Guide to Spirituality which is now also available in Spanish.
A Christian Guide to Spirituality is organized into 50 daily devotions. Each has a theme, a reflection, and a prayer. Questions also follow to deepen your understanding.
This week marks the second anniversary of T2Pneuma.net which was established in 2013. Thank you for your faithful readership!
The theme of T2Pneuma.net, as outlined in the Home page, “is online Pastor (or Christian ministry) and related topics. I try to write about issues from my ministry and from issues of interest to readers.” This theme will continue. I will, however, in the coming months focus more intentionally on my writing technique. In particular, I hope to develop the use of a more narrative style taking a page from Jon Franklin’s work: Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction. Hopefully, the quality of my writing will also improve.
Effective immediately, I am reducing the number of posts each week to two: a lesson on Friday and a prayer on Sunday. The lesson will take the form of a review or a reflection. I will occasionally offer other postings, as time allows.
In the coming weeks, I hope also to roll out 2 new series. The first will be a series of prayers that I develop based on the Life in Tension series. This is an effort to honor the attention that my prayers taken from A Christian Guide to Spirituality in English and Spanish have received over time. The second will be a new project: a spiritual autobiography. As this point, I have not settled on a title but I will be working on an outline and title over the next couple weeks.
The oak tree appears on the Hiemstra family coat of arms and, in this case, grows in the parking lot at Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton, Virginia.
Have you ever been called a friend of God? James, the brother of Jesus, called Abraham a friend of God (James 2:23). In Genesis 12:1-3, God blessed Abraham with these words:
“Now the LORD said to Abram,Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:1-3 ESV)
The purpose of Christian spirituality is to live into God’s blessing and, in doing so, to bless those around us.
I would like to invite you to join me in discussing Christian spirituality on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, Virginia.
Please come a bit early so that we can start on time.
Refreshments will be served and I will have copies of my book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality, available. Afterwards, I will hang around to talk and sign books. A Christian Guide to Spirituality is also available online on Amazon.com.
If you have not previously visited First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, please check out the directions on their website. The church is located in a residential neighborhood so directions are necessary.
In closing, I hope that you can join us on May 31. Thank you for listening.