Loving Knowledge of God: Bernard of Clairvaux

Sep 09, 2020

There is a difference between knowing about someone and really knowing them. I know plenty about many public figures, but I know my wife of thirty-five years in a much deeper and more substantial way.

 

A practical difference between knowing about and knowing deeply is a matter of loving relationship. I know which of these I want in relation with God.

 

I love these words of Thomas Merton describing Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) and his passion for the latter:

 

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Podcast 139: The Way of Presence (Alan with Casey Tygrett)

Sep 07, 2020

The Way of Presence: The Empowering Reality of God-With-Us launches September 8. Today, I'm sharing here a conversation with my friend and fellow author, Casey Tygrett, about the book and its life-giving message. 

Casey Tygrett is author of the recent Christianity Today award-winning book As I Recall, was able and willing to join me in a conversation about my new book.  I know you'l appreciate how Casey helps get at the heart of what I’ve sought to say through...

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Unhurried Community - Doable, Sustainable, Transferable

Sep 03, 2020

We have a special message for you. CLICK THE IMAGE below to watch.

 

 Leading unhurried isn’t easy. We know this from experience.

 

You live in a hurried culture. You might even work in a hurried organization.

 

You need a community of leaders just like you who want to learn how to follow Jesus’ way of unhurried life and leadership.

 

We’re going to share with you what matters most to us here at Unhurried Living.

 

We care about you as a...

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Five Insights From One Hour with God

Sep 02, 2020

I love acorns. I found one a few years ago during a solitude walk up in the mountains.

 

I am always amazed by a beautiful little acorn, especially when it has a cap on it. So cute. It is amazing to me that an oak tree grows from something so small.

 

As I held the acorn in my hand and pondered its ability and power to grow an oak tree, it led to this thought, “You have the power within to do what is next.” A nice encouragement from God. (Eph. 3:20-21) 

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Podcast 138: The Way Up is Down (Gem with Marlena Graves)

Aug 31, 2020

Our guest today is Marlena Graves, author of The Way Up Is Down. In her own words: “…we’ll explore ways in which God is calling you and me to surrender continually to being emptied and then filled with his abounding grace. We’ll soon discover that this is the process whereby saints are made. This is the selfless-way, the God-shaped life.”

For writer, pastor, and activist Marlena Graves, formation and justice always intertwine on the path to a balanced life of...

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Live What You Teach

Aug 27, 2020

In an unprecedented season of change and pivots, Alan and Gem found themselves exhausted.  Many of us are.  This short video message offers you a glimpse of how they handled that exhaustion and what they did to bring themselves back to a season of unhurry.

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Dallas Willard on Being the Church

Aug 26, 2020

Sometimes, when I’m mining my journal, I stumble on a treasure. Today I’m sharing notes I took from a morning with Dallas Willard at Tree of Life Community in Orange, CA on Sunday, August 14, 2011. The theme was “Being Church.”

 

I was typing on my iPad, which I don’t do quickly, so this is not a transcript. These are insights that I gained from listening to Dallas. They are sometimes in my own words. So, don’t assume that every word here is straight...

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Podcast 137: Growing Deep Leadership Roots (Alan with Jerome Daley)

Aug 24, 2020

Many of you who listen to this podcast are leaders in business, church, nonprofit and other organizational settings. Others of you may not have a leadership title, but you live a leadership life…a life of influence. Today’s episode is going to help a lot. I’m talking with Jerome Daley, author of the book Gravitas: The Monastic Rhythms of Healthy Leadership about where spiritual depth and authority in leadership come.

These continue to be challenging days for...

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In the Likeness of the Master

Aug 19, 2020

A few years ago, on trip to St. Petersburg, we had the pleasure of visiting the Hermitage Museum.

 

A mere fraction of their 3,000,000 pieces are on display at any one time, and we saw a fraction of a fraction of that. The amount of beauty and craftsmanship is overwhelming.

 

Alan had been there before, so he knew when we were nearing the painting we were most looking forward to seeing, Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son. He gave me a brief warning as we turned the corner,...

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Podcast 136: Attachment and Attunement: Finding Homebase in the Heart of God (Gem with Rev. Summer Gross)

Aug 17, 2020

Summer is another beautiful soul that Gem has met on Instagram. Last year Gem and Summer had the treat of meeting each other in person at a conference in the Midwest. Summer is a caring and wise listener and teacher and we can’t wait for you to learn from her today.

Summer is an Anglican priest, spiritual director, homeschool mom of three, and still madly in love with her high school sweetheart. She comes alive listening to people’s hard and holy stories and setting the table for...

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