Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Monastic Calling

Andrew Jones has an interesting post related to his decision to “found a monastery on the Orkney Islands in Scotland.” I am sure this surprises many people but what better person than Andrew and his enthusiasm to begin such an exciting enterprise. A Baptist monastery in Scotland!!

Many of you know of my appreciation for the monastic life, even though I am a baptist. I have made several trips to the Abbey of Gethsemani and recently wrote Notes from a Monastery.There is something about a monastery. The silence! The listening to the wind talk! The hearing of voices—even the voice of God. The old monk said recently to us, “You are here to pray.” Makes sense doesn’t it. Here to Pray! And that is the duty of one called to the monastic life. It is amazing the energy that comes from those times of prayer, especially for me.

So maybe this is a beginning. “The Abbey of the Emerging Church.” Something to think about, right? Thanks Andrew. We will be praying for you.

2 Comments:

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Hi Dan
God moves in mysterious ways. I'm a baptist too, and for months I've been praying and thinking about the monastic approach. Over the months I've been a little concerned at some of the acceptance of some gaps in some 'emergent' christian teaching and acceptance (not that I or my theology is perfect), but it led me to think more about monasticism, prayer and Biblical education (online). Then a week ago I bought www.baptistmonk.org and baptistmonastery.org for an online praying and teaching 'community', and would value your prayers as the idea and website develop over the next couple of months, initially. GBY. Jonathan

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks dan!

blessings

 

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