Company of Voices

Well, Epiphany is over if not Epiphany tide and Lent is only 38 days away.

A Book of Sparks is a tremendous book and would make great Lent reading for an individual or Lent group. Written by Baptist minister Shaun Lambert it is an extended meditation on the Gospel of Mark. It highlights two spiritual practices, Lectio Divina and the Jesus Prayer, the Learning Power work of Guy Claxton, Simon Walker’s Undefended Leaders and narcissism in leadership (plenty of material for my own examination of conscience …). Lambert’s Baptist/Evangelical roots stand him in good stead keeping the whole thing firmly Scriptural and dwelling on the mind as much as the heart with special emphasis on that powerful verse from 2 Corinthians (10:5). A section on masculinity and Mark’s Jesus as ‘the stronger one’ make this a book that is helpful to men and perhaps to men’s groups. References to Shaun’s…

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