Category: Spiritual Formation

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The Art of Being Lost

“They needed 40 years in the wilderness to learn the ‘holy art of being lost’.” Barbara Brown Taylor “Obviously she is talking about the Israelites. 40 years. Slow learners? It might be easy for us to say yes to that question but really – aren’t we all slow learners when it comes to the ‘holy ...

I Love the Church

(This is a blog post from a fellow student, Robert Rife, at SAU who graduates this May.) “I love the Church. But it makes me sad as well. I believe that we have abdicated our role as “God’s skin in the world” (see “The Holy Longing” by Ronald Rolheiser). Our mad dash toward relevance has squeezed ...

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Achieving vs. Receiving

It’s the most amazing discovery I’ve ever made. God is more interested in a relationship with me than I am with him. Thus, he is always at work actively keeping me in relationship with himself. Abundant living, then, is really about discovering and responding to the initiative, movements and on-going activity of God in my ...

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For the Sake of Others

We close out our Intentional Series with the reminder, lest we ever forget, our transformation into the character of Christ…is for the sake of others. As we grow through transforming grace into conformity to Christ we become like him…whose life was given unconditionally for others, whose heart was given over to compassion for the poor ...

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I am Most Alive When…

What I’ve discovered about practicing the spiritual disciplines is that they are a lot like riding on the back of my husband’s motorcycle.  (Stay with me here.)  The reason I love riding is because all of my senses are engaged.  I not only see everything around me clear and up close (even the road kill…yuk!) ...

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Experiential Discipleship

  I stood ourside in the forest-setting at our ladies rereat last year.  We had just concluded 3 days of women meeting together expressed in laughter, singing, teaching, walking, eating, praying and all that goes into shared community.  It was time to go home and as I stepped outside, the warmth of the sun, the beauty of the blue sky and ...

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In the Mess of Our Unfixedness

“Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality, not because the spiritual life will remove ...