Author Archives: Laura Callarman

Laura Callarman is a house church member and minister in Abilene, Texas. She completed an MDiv (Missions) degree at ACU, meeting her husband Rosten in Greek class on the first day. They have been married since October 2012 and have one adorable son, Asher, who was born in May 2015, a daughter who is due to arrive in September 2017, as well as an amazing dog, Sydney, who looks like a dingo. Laura and Rosten are part of an intentional community that is in the process of launching the Eden Center, a retreat facility outside of Abilene offering opportunities for spiritual renewal, creative innovation, and missional training.

The Blessing of Challenge

Recently my family returned from some travels that included a two-week stay with an intentional Christian community called the Bruderhof. We took this rather unusual vacation of sorts partly because we are a family of adventurers who like to go new places and have new experiences. We (especially I) grow bored with routine…

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Among the Soil and the Seeds

My love affair with gardening has been a long time developing. If you were to have asked my fifth grade teacher if I’d ever be a gardener, she would have laughed in your face. She’s the one who used to take my books away and make me go outside to play at recess. My parents…

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Benedict’s Wisdom for the Ages: It’s a Cenobite’s Life for Me

This post is the third and final part in a series on Benedict’s Wisdom for the Ages. Find the rest of the series here: Part 1, Part 2. — Thus far in our engagement with the Rule of Benedict, we’ve heard a lot about what not to do if we want healthy spirituality. Benedict…

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Benedict’s Wisdom for the Ages: Gyrovagues, Sarabaites, and Anchorites—Oh My!

This post is part 2 in a series on Benedict’s Wisdom for the Ages. Find the rest of the series here: Part 1, Part 3. — As we began to discuss a bit in my last post, widely varied ways of engaging the spiritual life have existed throughout history, even among monks. In…

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