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Andy Crouch at Laity Lodge: What Keeps Us From Being Creative?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

We had a fantastic lineup at Laity Lodge last week. Our musicians were Ashley Cleveland and Kenny Greenberg (for the second retreat in a row). Our speakers were Dr. J.I. Packer and Andy Crouch.
I expect most of you have heard of J.I. Packer. His book, Knowing God, is one of the most respected Christian books […]

Retreat as Practice

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

This past weekend we at Laity Lodge were pleased to host a group from Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. This large, vibrant church hosts a wide array of ministries, including The Center for Christian Spirituality. The director of this center is Jerry Webber, who spoke for the Chapelwood retreat. (Photo: Jerry teaching in […]

Scot McKnight on Laity Lodge

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

My last couple of posts focused on Scot McKnight in light of his recent visit to Laity Lodge. Today I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Scot blogged on Laity Lodge.
I want to highlight his post, not only because he liked Laity Lodge, but also because of what he said about it. I can blog […]

Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge: 2009
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This past weekend we were pleased to host Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge. Many of my readers will be familiar with Scot because he is, among other things, a prolific and influential blogger. Jesus Creed, Scot’s blog, is one of […]

Unusual Hi-Tech Retreat at Laity Lodge

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Laity Lodge is, quite intentionally, a lo-tech place. We don’t have cell service in the Frio Canyon where Laity Lodge is located, and we don’t want it. If people need to make phone calls, they can use pay phones! We don’t have televisions. We have a few computers with limited Internet access . . . […]

Earl Palmer on Regarding Others as Better Than Ourselves

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Part 14 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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This past weekend we had our annual Leaders’ Retreat at Laity Lodge. Earl Palmer was our main speaker, teaching four Bible studies on Philippians. Our musicians were Kurt Kaiser (composer, pianist) and Michael Davis (violinist and concertmaster for the Louisville Orchestra). […]

More Laity Lodge Photos

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Some more photos from recent Laity Lodge retreats . . . .

Earl Palmer, Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, holds forth in the Great Hall.

A soft-shelled turtle and some giant catfish in the Frio River at Laity Lodge. The turtle is about three feet long.

Laity Lodge Photos

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Here are a couple of fun photos from recent Laity Lodge retreats.

A flower arrangement made by my daughter at our of our art workshops.

Yours truly with J.I. Packer and Steven Purcell, the Director of Laity Lodge.  Dr. Packer did an exegetical study of 1 John.

Catching My Breath . . .

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Thanks for all of your helpful, encouraging, and challenging comments on my recent posts on the PCUSA crisis. I have more to add to that series, but need to catch my breath. Right now I’m helping to facilitate a conference at Laity Lodge (my day job!).  We are blessed to have some wonderful resource people […]

A Windmill

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Here’s a photo of a windmill on the H.E. Butt Foundation property, where Laity Lodge is located.

Yes! You Drive (and Walk!) in the River

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of coming to a retreat at Laity Lodge (and Laity Lodge Youth Camps) is the fact that you drive in the river to get to the retreat. No, you don’t simply drive across the river. You drive up or down the river for anywhere from a quarter to […]

Gordon Fee on Rejoicing in the Lord

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Part 13 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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Recently Gordon Fee came to speak at Laity Lodge. He is now a Professor Emeritus of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Before retiring, he taught New Testament courses at Regent, and before that at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Gordon Fee is a […]

Cold in Texas

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

One of the things I’m growing to like about Texas is the winter weather. During the months of December, January, and February, the weather in the Hill Country often dips below freezing. But it doesn’t stay there for weeks at a time without a break. So we get a taste of real winter, but not […]

N.T. Wright and the “New Perspective on Paul”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Part 12 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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N.T. Wright is part of a movement among scholars that is sometimes called the “New Perspective on Paul.” In this movement you’ll find a wide range of opinion on many things as well as plenty of internal disagreement. But all the […]

My Response to N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge (cont)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Part 11 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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At the pastors and leaders retreat at Laity Lodge, Bishop N.T. Wright gave five talks. We had asked him to speak from the platform of his fine book Simply Christian, and to spell out implications for Christian leadership. In fact, Bishop […]
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