Tuesday, August 25, 2009



This Saturday, August 29, 2009, I am offering a FREE mini-retreat titled, "Secrets to Developing Your Spiritual Life." For many years this was a subject I taught at religious centers across the nation.

The retreat will go from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will be free but you must RSVP as we can only accept 10 people for this retreat. It will be at 109 Breckenridge Road in Franklin, TN 37067.

PLEASE RSVP AT: 615-554-7129 or via email at brodanphillips at gmail.com

About the retreat: We will explore renewal in our spiritual lives using journaling, writings from famous religious writers like Thomas Merton, Kathleen Norris, and others. Times of reflection, silence, and video interludes, will highlight the days journey. If you have ever wanted to spend time alone in a search for God’s presence this will be a good starting point.

For more information about Bro. Dan Phillips and these retreats please check out the

Spiritual Directions Website

If you need a motel room, The Ramada Inn, is .2 mile from my house. The phone number is 615-791-4004.

I look forward to seeing you. Remember RSVP. We are limiting this to 10 people.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Paul Nicorvo was a friend of mine. A deeply dedicated Christian who went to be with the Lord on July 29th. He was an inspiration as he struggled with brain cancer. His brother Richard wrote this about Paul which is inspiring to me.

In Memory of Paul Nicorvo

Paul was born in Syracuse, New York on October 22, 1945. He was the middle brother of three boys and a younger sister. It was a difficult position to hold but he was always up for the challenge.

Paul grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey, where he played football, baseball, weight lifting, and ice hockey but really loved being in the woods. He always seemed to have the Call of the Wild and before reaching high school had captured one of every animal in Central Jersey; dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, frogs, even a woodpecker! He also caught a squirrel bare handed, and with all this, he still found time to manage several aquariums throughout the house.

Paul also liked to build. He started with Lincoln logs and then on to an erector set. He set up elaborate lay outs of Lionel Trains. He could repair a 12 horsepower Sears sit down mower just about as many times as older brother Tony could crash it!

During the summers, in between flying model airplanes and defeating all challengers in chess, you could even find him baking a cake from scratch; his biggest challenge was keeping his brothers from sabotaging it. Paul was kind of a Renaissance Man, he could pretty well do anything he tried.

Paul went on to College and graduated from Belmont Abbey, a Jesuit college, in Belmont, N.C. Paul once criticized a Jesuit Brother for typing so slow not realizing it was the Abbot and he was translating from Greek to Latin! Paul earned his degree and headed off to New York City to work for a Wall Street brokerage firm. He advanced quickly and became an Operations Manager working in the Twin Towers. He later had his own consulting company and played a major role in the AT&T divestiture.

Financial success did not hold his interest however, and he yielded to a heartfelt God calling. He left the Big Apple for Columbia Biblical Seminary in South Carolina where he received his Masters Degree in Intercultural Studies and then moved to California. Paul visited China doing missionary work for which he had a calling. He also made missionary trips to India where he rode an elephant and contemplated bringing it back to Green Valley J He worked for several different Christian organizations one of which he co-founded called TLC.

Paul enjoyed his log home in Green Valley and his quiet hikes among the Ponderosa Pines, reminding him of his earlier years growing up in New Jersey. It was on one of those hikes, after being rescued, that he learned he had a terminal brain tumor. For the next 19 months he fought the battle, boldly and courageously, with unwavering faith.

We wrestle our crowns from the giants we conquer and Paul faithfully conquered his giant. Cancer may have affected his mind, but he never let it touch his heart; that was reserved for God alone. Paul was joined with the Lord on July 31st, 2009.

(Paul we will miss you !! Bro Dan)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Difficult to catch up. Mostly twittering and facebook. Title comes out wrong all the time. Not sure what to do. It comes out in Greek or Hebrew. You can check me out on either one above. Been mostly 90 degrees lately. I have been studying the Confessions of Saint Augustine.

Monday, August 03, 2009


One of my favorite books is Letters from the Desert by Carlo Carretto.

He says, "God's call is mysterious; it comes in the darkness of faith. It is so fine, so subtle, that it is only with the deepest silence within us that we can hear it."

The silence
Make believe space
Between the sharpest notes
Jazz like
A song, maybe heard,
Like a bird whispering
Before the dawn.

Be stil
Words do not
Have to be spoken
To be heard.
Listen-- silently
Do you hear?

Maybe its a waste, these words layed out in a jazz world. "How long has this been going on?," says 89.5 FM. I once thought of writing a travel book and sharing the songs the jazz stations played in cities I visited. Twenty years have passed and no words have been written. But thanks anyway WMOT, KCSM, Dinner Jazz Excursion, KYOT, KJAZ, and those other stations that spoke in the darkness between the silences.

Thanks Raymond Anderson for the music!