Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus
WE'RE OUT promoting cultural renewal this weekend. And Eighth Day Books is out peddling great books. We’re both at the Apprentice Gathering.
Partnering with Friends University, the Apprentice Institute is hosting its fifth annual conference. The theme for the weekend is “The Joy of Kingdom Living.” Speakers include Mae Elise Cannon, James Catford, Christena Cleveland, Alan Fadling, Richard Foster, Todd Hunter, Kai Nilsen, Gordon T. Smith, and, of course, the fearless founder of the Apprentice Institute, James Bryan Smith.
Discussion will focus on the joy experienced in a balanced life of discipleship to Jesus. And, using the classic themes presented in Richard Foster’s Streams of Living Water, sessions will examine the joyful aspect of what Foster calls the great traditions: Contemplative, Holiness, Charismatic, Evangelical, Social Justice, and Incarnational expressions.
Here’s an encapsulation of the weekend by Dallas Willard:
Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other element of our life. When the stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and His kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. Therefore we are in harmony with God, reality, and the rest of human nature and nature at large.