My good friend Fr. Dustin Lyon, with whom I used to regularly pray Orthodox vespers on Saturdays, hosted me on his podcast to talk about praying with scripture.
Fr. Dustin’s podcast is called “The Way” and it’s hosted with an active group of Orthodox Christian podcasts called “The Ephesus School Network.” On the page with my episode you’ll find a link the podcast’s main page, which will also link you to the whole nework.
This was actually a year ago, but somehow I never posted it here. (Sorry Fr. D.!) However, now’s a very good time to share it with you. I’m hoping it will draw your interest to my upcoming Advent class on classic lectio divina.
There is hardly a more loved and widely practiced way of praying with Scripture than lectio divina. Developed in monastic life, it is way to dive deep into Scripture with more than just intellectual study. It includes study, but it doesn’t stop there. It includes more meditative, prayerful, and contemplative ways of making the Bible part of your relationship with God.
I talk about lectio divina at about the ten minute mark in the podcast, and later on as well.
In my class we’ll explore and learn and practice the classic medieval form of lectio divina. There are several other practices that are today called by the same name, but I’m convinced the classic medieval form will take you deeper into both prayer and scripture.
It’s all built around making Advent a time of real spiritual focus. Each week we’ll practice classic lectio divina on one of the four great “songs” in the nativity narrative of Luke’s Gospel.
It’s tons of fun. I’d love to have you join us.
Registration will start this Sunday, and will stay open for a week until the first day of Advent. Full info and the waiting list sign-up are through this link.
Here’s the link to the podcast episode:
By the way, the key resource for the class is my little book Love Your Bible: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers. You can get a free ebook copy by subscribing to my newsletter if you scroll down just a bit.