Serving Baptists through the Contemplative Tradition
EIS seeks to immerse Baptists into contemplative streams of Christianity to facilitate personal and communal oneness through contemplative teachings and practices, includingContemplative prayer and worship, study and teaching, living and community, work and leadership.
The Species With A Call:
How We Find Purpose for Our Lives through the Power of What We Love
by Drexel Rayford
Drexel has written an excellent book on a very important topic that challenges both the religious and the cultural assumptions about vocation and career and how we find our own unique life call. He has cleverly interwoven great story telling, a unique understanding of scripture, and powerful psychological theory to encourage the reader to reach past traditional religious and cultural expectations, and discern and follow our deepest calling. The book captured me. Over and over again as I read I found myself stopping to re-read a section and reflect deeply on my own life–on decisions I have made over my lifetime and on ones that I still need to make going forward. There are only a handful of books that find their way into a section on my bookshelves I call “Richard’s Favorites” . The Species with a Call is one of those books. More Information… or Purchase…
Ralph’s Adventures is a blog published by my friend Ralph Starling. Ralph is the Minister of Outreach for First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. In his ministry Ralph works with people from a lot of different cultures. He travels to many interesting places, both in the United States and abroad. On Ralph’s Adventures he blogs about his experiences, and as he once put it, “I just blog about what I see”. His posts are both interesting and offer insightful insights into the spiritual journey.
Jacob Needleman’s Blog
Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the author of many books, including Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery to the Centre of Christian Experience. It was in this “lost Christianity” that I ultimately began to discover the spiritual practices and understanding of the spiritual life that has been so important to me and that has changed my life. Needleman’s blog posts reminds me of those discoveries and challenges me to continue the journey. Needleman is sometimes a hard read, but it is definitely worth it.
Itinerant Papist Preacher
This is the website from my friend Fr, J. Patrick Foley. Pat is a Catholic priest who lives in Sacramento, California. Pat travels about the country leading parish missions, retreats, and seminars. He writes occasional “Ramblings” on his website that are both interesting and challenging. Visit his website to learn more about Pat, and his ministry. While you are there check out some of his Ramblings.