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Lynne Baab
Lynne Baab has written numerous books, including Joy Together: Spiritual Practices for Your Congregation and Dead Sea: A Novel. Lynne is a PC(USA) minister and lecturer in pastoral theology in Dunedin, New Zealand. Articles she has written along with information about her books can be found on her Web site, www.lynnebaab.com.
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What are some adjectives that describe the events from Palm Sunday to Easter? Varied? Tumultuous? Intense? If I were one of Jesus’ disciples, how might I describe my own emotions over the course of this amazing week? I imagine I would have felt euphoric on Palm Sunday. Then utter bafflement... Continue reading
You're very welcome! I so often feel a sense of kindred spirits with other introverts.
Dear LBH, My heart goes out to you. I want to assure you that you are not alone in what you're experiencing. I encourage you to read more posts on the blog I linked to in the post above (http://www.introvertedchurch.com/) so you can see that you are not alone and so you can develop strategies to cope with the challenges you've described. I also encourage you to read Adam McHugh's book which is linked to in the blog. I experience some of the same things you do, and I've been experiencing them all my life. It never goes away; it's an ongoing challenge to deal with. It is simply difficult to be an introvert in a world that values extraversion. My husband and others tell me that I bring depth and authenticity to relationships because of my introversion, which is lovely to hear, but there are days I just simply wish I could be more extraverted. God's blessings to you as you navigate this challenge and wrestle with accepting the deep truth that God made you this way for a purpose and God loves you just the way you are.
Cathy and Cameron, thanks for your kind words. I appreciate very much hearing that my posts have been helpful to you. Cathy, discussion on blog posts is supposed to be casual and conversational, so I didn't even notice the punctuation in your response!
A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab I’ve been blogging for 21 months here on the Thoughtful Christian blog. I’ve written a post almost every Thursday, which means I’ve written something like 80 posts. When David Maxwell, editor at The Thoughtful Christian and Westminster John Knox Press, asked me... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Spiritual practices—various forms of prayer and Bible study, and other practices as well—can play a significant role in congregational discernment. In a time when congregations are dealing with unprecedented challenges—ethnic shifts in neighborhoods, dwindling financial resources, changes in family patterns, less time... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Patient receptivity may serve us better than a clamorous urgency to be enlightened. Michael Casey, Sacred Reading About ten years ago I led a worship service at a retreat. The setting was intimate, unlike the Sunday worship services at church where the... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Janet and I meet at the front door of the church and walk inside together. We’re on our way to the Sunday morning contemplative prayer class. In the hall I notice her earrings—clear greenish-blue stones, big enough to sparkle and shine. I’m... Continue reading
Mark, thanks for writing. I've been in many prayer groups with a majority of women like you have. I appreciate your insight that the issue may relate to men as "doers." I read a lovely book once about praying while you walk called Long Wandering Prayer by David Hansen. I wonder if prayer forms that have a physical component would be more attractive to men. Another option with a physical focus that comes to mind is fasting. When I did the interviews for my fasting book, I came across quite a few men who fast, and fasting leads natural into prayer. Hmmm, I'll be thinking about your question.
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab I spent the summer of 2005 writing a book on fasting. I interviewed (mostly by email) about 60 people who fast. Three things about the interviews surprised me: how many of my friends fast and I’d never known about it how many... Continue reading
I love your notion of innkeepers rather than gatekeepers. I have always resisted the notion (which I am supposed to enforce as a Presbyterian minister) that only baptized people are welcome at communion. My son married a Japanese woman who was raised Buddhist. Soon after their marriage, she got a job in a Lutheran church daycare center. She wanted to attend the service there to see what it was like, so my husband and I accompanied her. The bulletin said clearly that only baptized people should go forward for communion, but mercifully neither she nor I saw those words until later. She had met the minister only once before the service, and when he served communion to her, he used her name. I cried at the beauty of his welcome to her.
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab I have often pondered the kind of identity construction that famous people like movie and TV stars need to engage in. In the 1990s, Meg Ryan was one of my favorite stars. On screen, she cultivated a kind of girl next door... Continue reading
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a Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Three years ago I wrote two Bible study guides, Prayers of the Old Testament and Prayers of the New Testament. Last night I had the privilege of visiting a home group that has been using the Old Testament guide for the past... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab “They’re a wonderful young couple, aren’t they?” My husband said those words as we were getting ready for bed on the first evening after Susan and Zach arrived. Susan is the daughter of an old friend of mine, and she had emailed... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab When you watch the Olympics in New Zealand, where I live, you watch a lot of rowing. New Zealanders had high hopes for those events, and indeed those hopes panned out. New Zealand’s first gold medal at these Olympics went to Nathan... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Yesterday I spoke with someone who had been asked to preach a sermon as a part of a series. Each preacher was invited to choose a topic beginning with “A Christian is someone who . . .”. This fellow had chosen, “A... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab I wrote last week about a Newsweek article focused on the changes to the brain in people who spent a lot of time online. One of those changes involves shrinkage of parts of the brain responsible for processing of speech, memory, motor... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab I have found my life works better when I devote about 3 hours a week to email when I’m on vacation. I have two major motivations: (1) to clear away a lot of the junk in my in-box so I won’t be... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Last week I learned a new term: “holding environment.” It comes from the work of Donald Winnicott (1896-1971), an English psychoanalyst who began his career as a pediatrician. He believed that mothers create a holding environment for their children as they care... Continue reading
Margie, thank you so much for writing. I'm so sorry I sounded as if I didn't think medication is a good idea for people with depression. In the talk I gave, I began by describing my own experience with depression. In fact, I've talked about it publicly enough that I've had people tell me how freeing it is to hear a Christian minister talking about depression honestly. My concern is that the sadness of normal grief is going to be labeled as depression in the upcoming DSM-5, which medicalizes the common ups and downs of sadness during mourning. When I posted the link on Facebook to this blog post, one of my friends who works in a hospice said that her observation is that when people aren't supported when they grieve, their grief can become depression. That was a helpful thought. Thanks for speaking up about the benefits of medication for depression. You're so right.
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Yesterday I spoke at a conference on theology and mental health. I was one of 10 presenters, and I talked about the current trend toward medicalizing sadness. Increasingly, grief and other feelings of sadness are now treated with anti-depressants. One man in... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Last year, Missy Lein, a youth group leader at a church in Seattle, had a conversation with one of the young women in her group. Missy asked, “If you could ask God to do just one thing in your life this next... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Because it is now so much easier to monitor what’s happening in the human brain, psychologists have been studying creativity in new ways. They monitor the parts of the brain that are activated when people engage in various activities such as problem... Continue reading
Brett, I loved hearing that you are able to combine work and art these days. What a gift. I'd love to hear more about how you combine the two and how you made it happen.
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A Gathering Voices post by Lynne M. Baab Last week I wrote about creativity at midlife, and I mentioned the kinds of creativity that seem fairly obvious: drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, woodworking, gardening, home decorating, journaling, writing poetry, making jewelry, etc. Today I want to argue that... Continue reading