Archive: February, 2007


One Woman’s Search for Understanding

One Woman’s Search for Understanding Thank you for your comments. I am noticing more who are returning to Lent as a season of examination and renewal. I like to think of Lent as a time of retreat from the world and a time to reflect upon God’s call. In the Lenten journey I see a […]


The Internal Climb to Freedom

A friend of mine is teaching me a lot about climbing mountains. As a confirmed flatlander I have never understood why a person would climb anything that did not have clearly marked trails and manageable switchbacks, yet, as I hear him talk about the thrill of conquering a mountain I get a twinge that could […]



“There are two ways of being a prophet. One is to tell the enslaved that they can be free. It is the difficult path of Moses. The second is to tell those who think they are freethat they are in fact enslaved.This is the even more difficult path of Jesus.” —-Richard Rohr The first question […]


Spiritual Renewal Retreat: Woodbury Lutheran Staff

Steve Arnold will be leading portions of the staff retreat for Woodbury Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN on Wednesday, February 14, 2007. The theme will focus upon spiritual renewal in the Lenten journey. Time will be spent in quiet experiences in the Scriptures that focus upon the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in the reading […]


Take A Breather: An Experience in Practicing Sabbath, March 15, 2007

Spend a day at Christos Center experiencing the restfulness of prayer and the Word of God as Steve Arnold leads a retreat for church staffs designed to help the individual refocus and renew. The day will be spent in Scripture study, prayer and quiet. Date & Time: March 15, 2007 9 am—3 pm Location: Christos […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]