Laura Felleman

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Name: Laura Felleman
Date registered: August 21, 2012
URL: http://formandpower.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: How to defend the UMC against heretical teachings — July 5, 2014
  2. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Obey the Spirit of the Lord — June 8, 2014
  3. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we fear no evil for You are with us. — June 2, 2014
  4. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The Being-made-perfect-in-love Prayer — May 26, 2014
  5. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Distributing Shame, Dispensing Grace — May 18, 2014

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Jul 05 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: How to defend the UMC against heretical teachings

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-defend-umc-against-heretical.html


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Jun 08 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Obey the Spirit of the Lord

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/06/obey-spirit-of-lord.html


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Jun 02 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we fear no evil for You are with us.

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/06/though-we-walk-through-valley-of-shadow.html


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May 26 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The Being-made-perfect-in-love Prayer

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-being-made-perfect-in-love-prayer.html


Last night's sermon was a meditation on “Be Ye Perfect,” how perfection is interpreted in the Wesleyan tradition, what it meant to the preacher (a candidate for ordination) to be made perfect in love, and her own struggles with perfectionism.


This reminder of the goal of Christian Perfection got me wishing for a prayer practice, something that I could pray whenever I’m feeling at a loss and unsure what the loving thing to do in a given situation might be.  It would have to be something I could say quickly, remember easily, and use unobtrusively as I tried both to stay engaged with the person before me and to reach out for divine assistance, simultaneously.


I thought of and rejected a number of options, went to bed with no satisfactory answer to my quandary, and woke up at 1 AM with the desire for a discipline still foremost in mind.  The early morning inspiration was to follow the pattern of the doctrinal order of salvation, Repentance-Faith-Holiness.  I chose three words and three body parts to associate with each step in the analogy of faith, and came up with the following--


Focus on the head and think “Help”
Focus on the heart and think “Save”
Focus on the feet and think “Move”


I like the head-to-toe coverage of this form of prayer; it feels like I’m all in, every part of me seeking and listening for guidance.


“Help” is the point where I admit that I am clueless and have no idea what a loving response would look like in a given situation.  “Save” is an act of trust, in which I reaffirm my belief that Christ can transform me and teach me how to love.  “Move” is an expression of my desire to discern the direction in which God’s grace is already leading and to follow.

I will be heading to the hospital this afternoon to visit two relatives who are gravely ill.  I don’t know if I’ll need the perfect love prayer during the visit, but it does feel good to have this prayer to experiment with should I feel the need.

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May 18 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Distributing Shame, Dispensing Grace

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/05/distributing-shame-dispensing-grace.html


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May 15 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Paul’s Guidelines for Worship

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/05/pauls-guidelines-for-worship.html


I want to experiment with the form a worship described in Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 14: 26-40.  The first expectation that everyone will come to worship prepared to serve is very appealing.  I also appreciate the fact that Paul gives church members options; they can sing, teach, pray, tell a story, share an insight (limited to two or three speakers).  There's so many options here that it makes me think that the list is not exhaustive.  I also note that Paul had to give the Corinthians rules for courteous behavior, and that his etiquette (at least the way that Peterson has paraphrased it) seems fair: Speak from your heart, Don't criticize a prayer offered in an unfamiliar language, Be considerate.


Who's with me?  Ready to scrap the model of worship you've been following for years and instead experiment with Paul's guidelines?  And if you know of anyone who has already implemented this Pauline framework, I would appreciate it if you would let me know.

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