This is from a retreat with Steven W. Smith (www.pottersinn.com)
“Retreat: Soul Care: Spending one day with Jesus
XXXX Baptist Church
Leaders: Stephen Smith and Dr. Clay Barnes
Description: The Soul Care retreat allows you to spend one day with Jesus. You’ll explore the following topics which will be taught and experienced: Reading the Bible with heart and soul-the practice of Lectio Divina; Exploring the Rhythms of the Soul—how work, rest and rhythm are modeled by Jesus and our need to live in His way and not our own; Experiencing two spiritual disciplines most needed in our busy and loud world—Silence and Solitude; develop a personal soul care plan that will be life giving to face the times ahead; Sabbath keeping and learning to listen for the Voice of Love. This is a “hands-on, high experiential retreat meaning teaching times are balanced with participants doing these spiritual exercises to grow their soul and deepen their faith in Jesus Christ.
Required Reading: Embracing Soul Care by Stephen W. Smith and suggested reading is Invitation to Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton.”
Lectio Divina huh? Ruth Haley Barton, huh? Without these two obvious red flags, I would have problems with the whole “soul care” theme. Since when are we to take care of our souls? If you are a Christian, aren’t we already cared for? What about the Holy Spirit? And what of the promise we’ll get to “spend the day with Jesus?”