Category: Spiritual Formation

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Defined by Relationship

“In solitude, at last we’re able to let the Lord define us the way we are always supposed to be defined: by relationship, the I-thou relationship, in relation to a Presence that demands nothing of us but presence. If we’ve never lived in the realm of pure presence without our world of achieving, we don’t ...

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God is the Subject

“Christian spirituality is not a life-project for becoming a better person. It is not about developing a so-called deeper life. We are in on it, to be sure, but we are not the subject. Nor are we the action. We get included by means of a few prepositions: God with us (Matt. 1:23), Christ in ...

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Sacred Rhythms

“We are blessed with inner rhythms that tell us where we are, and where we are going. No matter, then, our fifty and sixty hour work weeks, the refusing to stop for lunch, the bypassing sleep and working deep into the darkness. If we stop, if we return to rest, our natural state reasserts itself. ...

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Finding Our Way Home

“God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk.” Meister Eckhart I didn’t recognize my own symptoms. After three weeks of summer travel and a jam-packed schedule I finally had a morning at home alone. After a three week hit-and-miss pattern of morning devotions, I plopped in my chair to ...

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Losing Our Lives

“As long as we cling to life as we understand it, we cling to a pinched and deadly image of things, an image heavily conditioned by our egos, our social programming, our limited knowledge of the options. But when we are willing to let go of life as we want it to be and allow ...

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Wonder of All Wonders

“Too much of our time is spent trying to chart God on a grid, and too little is spent allowing our hearts to feel awe. By reducing Christian spirituality to formula, we deprive our hearts of wonder.” Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz, p. 205 In our longing to know God and walk in his ways, ...

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Going Deep

While I recover from my motorcycle accident (minor injuries) I thought I’d let Gordon MacDonald fill in for me.  While his article, “Going Deep” (which appeared on-line in “Leadership Journal” yesterday, 6/27/11) is geared toward those in leadership, it speaks to all Christians in regards to the need for living deeply in God. It is, after ...