Author Archives: Mark Love

About Mark Love

I am the Dean for the School of Theology and Ministry and Director for the Resource Center for Missional Leadership at Rochester College. Part of my job includes directing a master's degree in missional leadership, a distance learning degree. I have a son, Josh Love, who is a practicing new monastic in Abilene, TX.

May the force be with you, or something to that effect

Ok, grace, biblically speaking, is not a blue-eyed blonde. Waka, waka. But neither is grace simply “unmerited favor,” the Sunday school definition I grew up with. It may very well be that, but it’s bigger than that. Paul calls grace … Continue reading

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Walking and the Slow Life of the Spirit

In my recent posts, I’ve tried to make three big points: being attentive to the Holy Spirit requires more than just self-introspection, but by neccesity includes being attentive to life in the world with others. Second, the speed of attentiveness … Continue reading

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More thoughts on the space of slow

I have a few more thoughts on the space of slow. Here’s the deal. To function in the world we have to assume a lot. To act, we don’t have the time to test every assumption. This is true of … Continue reading

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The space of slow

I’m fascinated with athletes who talk about the speed of the game. NFL rookies always say that the biggest adjustment they have to make is in relation to the speed. Consequently, when they’re at the top of their game or … Continue reading

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A luxurious offer of stillness: the congregation as an “attentional commons”

As I write these words, I am aware of the email that sit unanswered in my inbox, some that have undoubtedly arrived in the last five minutes. I have voicemail that I haven’t listened to and my moleskein is full … Continue reading

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The modern story of inattentiveness

I know that these posts on attentiveness are kind of all over the place, but I’m thinking out loud and appreciate those of you willing to read and think with me. Test with me these two premises: discerning the leading … Continue reading

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The Holy God is the Attentive God

The first few chapters of Exodus are some of my favorites in all of Scripture. The story is told in such a way that it yields treasure for the discriminating (ie, slow and attentive) reader. For instance, the opening scene … Continue reading

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A meditation on attentiveness in pursuit of an attentive God

I have been alone the past few days. Donna travelled to Nashville for the week to be with our amazing granddaughters and their sometimes amazing parents on the occasion of their 7th and 9th birthdays which are a week apart. … Continue reading

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When preparation and opportunity meet

I cried like a baby after Sara Barton’s masterful keynote sermon at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures this past May. It was such a momentous occasion and she just crushed it. Truthfully, it exceeded my expectations. I have heard Sara present … Continue reading

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The Practicalities of Having Been Found a Charismatic: bigger than the indivdual or the church

If you place the Holy Spirit at the heart of your theology, you have to be open to the idea that God might be present in places you don’t expect. If there’s one thing I’m sure of regarding the Spirit, … Continue reading

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