Weekly Sanctuary

The Spiritual Discipline of Gardening Part 3

By britton sharp | May 30, 2021

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and…

The Spiritual Discipline of Gardening Part 2

By britton sharp | May 23, 2021

Last week we began this short series on the spiritual discipline of gardening by exploring what it looks like to steward the land that God has granted us. This week we will look at the practice of patience. Patience doesn’t come naturally for me. I think this is enhanced by our culture’s obsession with how…

The Spiritual Discipline of Gardening – Part 1

By britton sharp | May 16, 2021

At first glance, you may not think of gardening as a spiritual discipline.  Spiritual disciplines have been defined as, “…habits, practices, and experiences that are designed to develop, grow, and strengthen certain qualities of spirit — to build the ‘muscles’ of one’s character and expand the breadth of one’s inner life. They structure the workouts…

Risk

By britton sharp | May 9, 2021

(This week our guest writer is my dear friend, Nicole Lewis. Nicole lives and works with Agape in London, England) Over the years, I have noticed that I have developed a particular spiritual practice in my life, in which God will reveal something to me and if I find it too truthful or perhaps I…

This Present Moment

By Collegiate Abbey | May 2, 2021

(A personal letter shared with us by John Wood, pastor (retired) of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN) My dear children and grandchildren, I’ve been thinking of what I might say to you from the perspective of old age that I have not said to you in the past.  You have heard me call…

Tools for the Journey

By britton sharp | April 25, 2021

During this pandemic season, I have been guided into some basic truths and how they are instrumental in my desire to relate to God as a prayer. Because of busyness or the nature of  pre-Covid-19 life, I had forgotten the richness of seven tenets I’d like to briefly call to the forefront of our minds. …

Art… Not a Bad Medium 

By britton sharp | April 18, 2021

Revolutionary is what art has become to me. Over the last ten years my wife, Kathie, has become quite a successful oil painter, and thus, our lives are now steeped in the world of fine art. New circles of art-friends have risen up, and we keep paintings in front of our eyes on a daily…

The Emerald City Calls

By britton sharp | April 11, 2021

I am in need of courage, but I am, indeed, the Cowardly Lion. I act like I’m not with my unsolicited opinions and strong stances that I take. On the outside, I’m a strong drink of water that sometimes marks his territory with God-knowledge. But on the inside, I’m a pussycat, scared of what you…

Courage Needed

By britton sharp | April 4, 2021

To You, O King, I pray: Take center stage as I write the following words to people I do not know.  May they know You more deeply than ever before, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Our forever-longing is to have You as You have us, to see You as…

Love does

By Collegiate Abbey | March 21, 2021

Love does. It is the name of a popular book.  It is also a truth that we see here in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.   Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;…