Grace and Peace,
I was speaking with a friend today who encouraged me to make this extraordinary week of preparation for Easter extraordinary in my own life through my worship and practices. How amazing to realize just how extraordinary and momentous this week has always been in the life of the church – and what a privilege to celebrate it freely and joyfully! However you feel led this Holy week, may you find ways to make this extraordinary week extraordinary in your life.
Grace and Peace to you!
Jenna and The Practice Team
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Check out this challenging article that explores the call to Calvary – to follow Jesus so that we may die, and rise again!
“To truly live, we must surrender to the King we really needed, not the one we might have imagined for ourselves.” – Marshall Segal
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus howled this agonized cry ast his execution. How could any good come from such a seemingly horrible end? Check out this sermon in which Tim Keller ponders the depths of what is surely most horrible, yet most wonderful question ever asked.
Over the past months we’ve recommended a variety of visual liturgies created by our talented friends over at TWOTP – check out this beautiful visual liturgy of “An Easter Benediction” by Kelly Ann Hall
This journey of dying to self has been fraught with a lot of unhelpful teaching for most of us. For some of us the invitation to die to self has been a shaming command to kill all our desires. For others, we don’t know what to die to and what to nourish. It is a difficult but deeply important part of our spiritual formation, so no matter where you are in the journey remember – you are not alone, let’s keep pressing on together.
We’ve gathered a helpful jumble of websites, online articles, books and videos to help you better explore the journey of dying to self. If you read one thing today I hope it’s Lynne Hybel’s article on what do we die to. I found it immensely helpful this Lenten season.
Peace and comfort to all of you,
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- What Are We Called to Die to? by Lynne Hybels
It should come as no surprise that our beloved Matriarch has indeed explored and wrestled well with this concept of dying to self. In this helpful blog post, Lynne shares her story of dying to self and explores the helpful distinction between what needs to die and what needs to live.
- Symptoms of the False Self by Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
We love Pete Scazzero and the good work he and his team are doing over at Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. By clicking this link you’ll be taken to a wealth of resources that help you to identify the false self – the self we need to die to! There is a great mix of sermons, articles and exercises to help you on your journey.
- Dying to Self by The Just Life
The Just Life is a Chicago based non-profit that partners with churches to communicate God’s heart for Justice. As they explore where the heart of just comes from, check out this helpful collection of Scripture passages on dying to self and a beautiful prayer litany on humility.
- The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner
This book should be a cornerstone in your spiritual reading. It encourages and provides wonderful insight into knowing the true self.
- Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson
As a lover of psychology and counseling – I just have to recommend this great read that essentially explores the neuroscience of sin. So helpful for the journey of dying to self – especially Chapter 12 “The Repair of Resurrection” p.221-234.
- The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
No one has modeled a life of sacrifice in this Western culture and day and age, more humbly or beautifully than Shane Claiborne. This exploration of how to be an ‘ordinary radical’ were some of the first ideas that truly challenged my journey of dying that I may truly live. A must read.
- Click here to watch this short video by Dallas Willard is entitled, “The Cost to Follow Jesus” taken from his series ‘What Jesus said about following him.’Dallas Willard is a giant in Spiritual Formation literature and explores with great insight and wisdom how we are to weigh the cost of following Christ.
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If you click here you’ll be taken to their extensive web page all about The Examen including helpful resources such as:
- What is The Examen?
- How you can make The Examen part of your day
- Videos, Audio files and articles
- Reflections on practicing The Examen
Aaron has created a beautiful recording of Fr Michael guiding us through The Examen – just as we’ve experienced at The Practice. His New Liturgy includes a stunning musical score and three original songs that truly immerse you in the experience of The Examen, connecting us to God in a deep and daily way. For those of you who were there last Sunday, it was a joy to put one of these in your hands, but if you want to order another, recommend it to a friend or if you couldn’t make it and you don’t want to miss out – be sure to check it out at the New Liturgy website here.
Here is a taste for those of you who are new to Aaron’s work through A New Liturgy
Our beloved friend of The Practice, Fr Michael will be joining us this Sunday to give us his much needed insight and clarity into the season of Lent and to teach and guide us through the practice of The Examen.
We are so excited to gather with you this Lenten Season and begin to explore some of the deep themes and invitations that Lent draws out. In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful insight from a man who is far from a novice when it comes to practicing Lent…
“If we want to really enter into the joy of the power of the Lord’s resurrection, we need to prepare for it.”
-Fr Michael, SJ
Join us this Sunday, 6pm in The Chapel to hear more. We can’t wait to see you.
Jenna and The Practice Team