Christopher Webb on the Rhythms of Life

Christopher S. Webb
Christopher S. Webb,

Chris Webb, the President of Renovare’ USA, pleads in this article for the importance of rhythms for one’s spiritual life.

Renovaré is a nonprofit Christian organization that resources, fuels, models, and advocates fullness of life with God, experienced through the life and spiritual practices of Jesus and the historical church.

Here is how he begins building his case.

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Living by Rhythms

We are all creatures of habit.

My three year old son, Gregory,  finds great comfort in his day to day routines: the well-worn stories we read over and over; the familiar pattern of mealtimes and bedtime; the knowledge that Sunday lunch is reliably followed by a handful of candies, or that Tuesday morning means playgroup with Logan and Emily.

In time, he will outgrow all this—but experience suggests that he will simply grow into a new, but equally regular, rhythm of life. Like him, I too live by patterns. And, almost certainly, so do you. In the summer of 2008, a group of researchers from Boston published a study in the scientificc journal Nature, in which they followed the movements of over 100,000 people by anonymously tracking their cell phone signals. They found that we tend to revisit the same places, at the same times, with an astonishing (and almost monotonous) predictability. In other words, if you like cappuccinos, chances are high that you visit the same coffee shop most days, and usually at the same time in your daily routine.

There is a pattern to our activities. We build structure into our days. We create family traditions and rituals. Our churches use “liturgies,” even if we never write them down—we tend to follow the same order of worship week by week. Even though we often rejoice in spontaneity and  exibility, the truth is we like routines; we prefer order to chaos.

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Richard Foster – Where Will Renewal Come From?

Richard Foster

The quotes  below come from the Renovare Blog (check it out if you want to learn more about it). It is an article written by Richard Foster, on possible (and impossible) sources of spiritual renewal today.

Renovaré is a nonprofit Christian organization that resources, fuels, models, and advocates fullness of life with God, experienced through the life and spiritual practices of Jesus and the historical church.

Here is a summary of what he suggests in this text.

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Foster says: ‘I would like to discuss with you:

  • two structures from which renewal is unlikely though not impossible,
  • two structures from which renewal is possible though not yet realized, and
  • ive structures from which renewal is now emerging.

My criterion for evaluating these structures is to always ask, “Are these places where it is possible for the very core of the human personality to be genuinely and increasingly transformed into the nature of Jesus Christ?” I’m looking for those structures where transformation into Christlikeness is no mere accident; rather it is placed intentionally at their very center.’ Continue reading “Richard Foster – Where Will Renewal Come From?”