04 Contemplatio = Action

 

Once you’ve reflected on the chapter AND spent time praying through it, it is now time to respond to it.

(The Respond page of the Keystones includes Contemplatio, Evangelii, and Memoria.)

We begin those three with Contemplatio, that is, apply.

The truths of the Scripture need to be...

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SF 40- Grace Redeems All Things (George’s Story, part 4)

Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us that grace not only saves us but that it also orchestrates as series of incredible opportunities for us to walk towards, sacred spaces where the Lord promises to use us for our good and His glory.

In this talk we talk through some of the strangest moments in...

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03 Oratio = Prayer

 

After reading and discovering what the passage says, we move to prayer…

In fact, we take time to stop to pray through the whole passage (Oratio).

We might begin in several places…

What is there to be thankful for here?

How does this prompt us to worship?

Are there matters we need to...

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SF 39- False Starts, Failures, but Forging Ahead (George’s Story, part 3)

As we began recording talk three about his story, George told us that sitting and recalling the events of his life was good.

“It’s helped me see all of these Ebenezers in my life,” he said, “those markers where you can look back and see that the Lord really HAS brought...

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02 Meditatio = Meditation

 

After reading the passage (Lectio), the second step in Divine Reading (Lectio Divina) is to think through what the chapter is teaching (Meditatio).

What does it mean?.

How should it be understood?.

How should the passage be interpreted?.

Is it primarily indicative (helping us to see something) or...

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SF 38- College, Double-Reading, and the Call (George’s Story, part 2)

George was determined he was going to be a swimming coach, and that he was definitely NOT called to be a pastor. In this talk we go back to his early swimming days (the day we recorded this podcast, he woke up at 4am in order to swim 6,000 yards).

Then we discuss the early days at the University...

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01 Lectio = Read

 

When you open the Keystones book, you’ll notice that there’s a two-page spread for each chapter of the Bible. The left side contains three Reflection steps; the right side contains three Respond steps.

Over the next few posts, we’ll discuss each of the six steps, as...

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SF 37- Conversion (George’s Story, part 1)

podcast spiritual growth Sep 12, 2019

Revelation 12 tells us that we overcome the enemy by two things: the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony (12:10). So, we decided to pull back the curtain for a few weeks and talk to George about his story.

Turns out, George grew up in a highly moral home- one where right was always...

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An introduction to the Keystones

 

In the Scottish Reformed tradition, a modified version of the Medieval devotional practice of Lectio Divina, had long been practiced. This was originally a four-step approach to studying the Scriptures…

—> first, Lectio or reading.

—> second, Meditatio or thinking.

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SF 36- Why discipleship matters

Ultimately, discipleship always points people to something beyond themselves AND even beyond the person doing the discipling.

Throughout the New Testament, Paul repeatedly said, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.”

That is, “Look at me, yes. I’ll show you how to do some of...

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