An Invitation to Solitude and Silence

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My favorite picture of Ruth Haley Barton is of her on her knees in the ladies’ room. It’s my wedding day and she’s painting my toenails. Twenty-six years after Ruth was my bridesmaid, she is the winner of the 2005 Christianity Today book of the year award in the Spirituality category for her book, Invitation to Solitude and Silence. If you don’t know her already, I’d like to introduce you to my beloved friend through an interview done by her publisher, IVP:

IVP: Why do you think words like solitude and silence are so difficult to grasp and implement into our lives?

Ruth Haley Barton: Solitude and silence challenge us on every level of our being. They challenge us culturally because nothing in our culture supports quietness and non-activity. Technology now intrudes on every aspect of our lives, and the idea of not being continually available by cell phone, …

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An Interview with Calvin Miller

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I first heard of Calvin Miller when a girlfriend loaned me a copy of his book, The Philippian Fragment. Dr. Miller soon became one of my favorite writers. Some years later, my writing mentor at Dallas Seminary (DTS), Dr. Reg Grant, invited me to join him for a lunch with Dr. Miller, who had left the pastorate to become writer-in-residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). Several months after that meeting, Dr. Miller arranged for a group of DTS students to join some SWBTS students for dinner at his and Barb’s home in Fort Worth, followed by a show—Les Miserables.

What stood out to me most that night was not the great performance, wonderful as it was. It was something Dr. Miller did. At the last minute a student who had not paid in advance showed up expecting to get in, and Dr. Miller discreetly gave the …

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Eugene Peterson: On Men and Women

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Eugene Peterson was a pastor for thirty years before becoming professor of spiritual theology at Regent in Vancouver, B.C. , a position from which he has since retired. He is probably best known for The Message, a current-language rendering of the Bible. This interview is the third installment in a three-part series.

San: Many are still formulating their views about where women fit into the theological world. Would you care to comment?

EP: Yes, in fact I would like to comment on that. It comes out of my history, too. I grew up in the Pentecostal church where [women preaching] was not unusual. It was pretty common. But my mother struggled with it from time to time because sometimes somebody would come through and read her the verses from Corinthians or Timothy. At one point she quit preaching and teaching because somebody had done this to her. But then …

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