Lynne Baab • Saturday October 23 2021
“Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am. . . . Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care.” —Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
I have experienced two Holy Spirit disruptions related to Henri Nouwen’s idea that we can always care, even when we can’t cure. The first disruption happened slowly, over my midlife years, as I began to become aware of my deeply rooted desire to fix things –...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Thursday October 14 2021
I never really understood or appreciated small talk until we lived in Dunedin, New Zealand, for ten years. The weather there often changes more than once each day. When chatting with the administrative people in my department at the university or with checkers at the grocery store, I could say, “Did you enjoy that sunny Sunday afternoon?” or “Wasn’t that windstorm amazing?” Weather was a fuel for communicating warmth, without taking the time to interact deeply. Weather talk, like all small talk at its best, says, “I care about you but I don’t have the time/energy/inclination for a deep conversation right...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Thursday October 7 2021
In early 2003, our older son called us from Tokyo to ask our advice about whether he should ask his girlfriend to marry him. They were both 22 years old, and they were living with his girlfriend’s parents in Tokyo. They met at age 20 in Seattle, when she came from Japan to do an AA degree at Seattle Central Community College. When they both graduated at 21, she with her AA and he with his BA from the University of Washington, they headed to Japan so he could experience her culture.
My husband Dave and I were very impressed with her,...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Friday October 1 2021
About 30 years ago, I read a book that has given me food for thought ever since, Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion by Carol Tavris. Anger, Tavris argues, is essential for human flourishing because anger provides the energy to work for justice. All the great social justice movements in history – such as the abolition of slavery, women’s vote, and civil rights – were fueled by anger at injustice and its impact on human lives. After reading Tavris’s book, I began to identify symptoms of anger in my body, so I improved at noticing the early signs of anger (in my stomach...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Saturday October 9 2021By Lynne M. Baab. Originally published in Christianity Today, July 8, 2021
Lynne Baab • Sunday August 9 2020Originally published in Horizons: The Magazine of Presbyterian Women. May/June 2019, 11-14.
Lynne Baab • Friday February 5 2016This article won a 2017 award from the Australian Religious Press Association for the best social justice article. Social justice didn't cross my mind as I wrote the article. I was just thi...
Lynne M. Baab, Ph.D., is a teacher and writer. She has written numerous books and Bible study guides. Lynne lives in Seattle, and you can contact her at LMBaab [at] aol [dot] com. Read more »
Lynne is pleased to announce the release of her book on midlife, A Renewed Spirituality: Finding Fresh Paths at Midlife, for kindle. Her 2018 book is Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care for the Twenty-First Century, and her best-selling book is Sabbath-Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest. You can see her many other book titles here, along with her Bible study guides.
Lynne recently spoke about bringing spiritual practices to life.
A few years ago, Lynne spoke at a conference for preachers and others in ministry on "Spiritual Practices for Preachers" (recorded as a video on YouTube). The talk is relevant to anyone in ministry and focuses on how to draw near to God simply as a child of God as well as engaging in spiritual practices for the sake of ministry.
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