Meandering: Rediscovering the Way of Christ | June 21-24


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In Luke 9, Jesus resolutely “set his face to go to Jerusalem,” a definitive journey that has come to be known as the travel narrative. And yet his resoluteness seems to involve more than simply getting from Point A to Point B in the most efficient manner possible. Jesus meanders. And in vignette after vignette, he reveals the ways that “mercy reverses the curse.”

In our day, most all travel has a particular destination in mind. Sometimes we try to moderate by slowing down just a bit, trying to remember to “enjoy the trip” (airport security, traffic, and the price of gas aside). We want to believe that it’s not only about the destination, but also the journey.

We venture out from Point A with a Point B in sight. But it’s important (critical, even) to recognize that, try as we might, the path we take is not going to be a straight line. Meanderings lie ahead that simply cannot be anticipated. Only as we look back—after a lifetime of taking unexpected turns—do we see something of the serpentine route we’ve followed to reach a Point B (if we ever really made it) that looks a whole lot different than it did at the outset.

Maybe meandering is the best way to rediscover why mercy is the way of Christ—things rarely work out like we suspect.

Rodney Reeves
Dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry, Professor of Biblical Studies, Southwest Baptist University; Bolivar, Missouri.

Rodney’s current publications include Spirituality According to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ, A Genuine Faith: How to Follow Jesus Today, and collaboratively written Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology. Readers might also enjoy visiting the author’s blog titled A Genuine Faith.

Sally Lloyd-Jones
Children’s book author and publisher; Manhattan, New York
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Ashley Cleveland
Recording artist, winner of three Grammy Awards including 2008 for Best Rock Gospel Album (Before the Daylight’s Shot); Nashville, Tennessee.  Click here for her website.

Robert Feuge
Robert is an artist, wood carver, furniture builder, and barn preservationist who loves working with his hands and his mind to solve problems using creative solutions. His passion for using simple tools to create complex structures led to the founding of The Barn Preservation Company, which restores and adapts historic, hand-hewn, timber-frame barns.

Jim Morris
Selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts as a Texas Original craft artisan, silver jewelry making; Kerrville, Texas. Click here to view samples of his work.

Prepare For Your Retreat

Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The retreat officially commences with a 6:30 reception at the Great Hall and will conclude Sunday, June 24, following an 11:00 a.m. brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.