Next week Antoinette and I will be attending the Renovaré International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Renovaré was begun many years ago by Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, to encourage the recovery of the ancient spiritual disciplines in the contemporary church. We have used some of his materials here at the Chapel. The conference is entitled The Jesus Way: recovering the lost content of discipleship. It will be addressing such questions as: What is “The Jesus Way”? Who has this way of life? Where do we learn it? How is it different from the life we already know? Why should we care?
He has lined up an impressive list of speakers to explore such questions as these. Richard writes, “We will be pushing hard to rediscover and renew the connection between our everyday lives and lifelong, intentional discipleship to Jesus. Now, you might ask yourself, ‘I’m already a Christian, right? Am I not already on “The Jesus Way”? Yes you are. Yes we are. For sure we have some of it right on. But the culture around us is so pervasive, and the historical and contemporary life of faith and devotion so deep and wide, we know there is more to be learned, embraced and incarnated into everyday life. We so want The Jesus Way to be our way, and we think that this conference will help us to attain it.”
The general session speakers include Max Lucado, Eugene Peterson, James Bryan Smith, Dallas Willard, Emilie Griffin, John Ortberg, and other great Christian leaders and writers. There will be many workshops, enriching worship, and conversations galore. It promises to be a grand and deepening time.
Please pray for Antoinette and myself that this conference will refuel us spiritually and introduce us to new material we can use at the Chapel.
On Sunday, June 21 I will be preaching at my former congregation, Christ Church in San Antonio, and doing a book-signing. Please pray that I will be able to proclaim the Gospel in the power of the Spirit, and bless the people. Chaplain Jim Tippins will be preaching at the Chapel in my absence.