Tag: Spiritual Formation

“NET” Talk at on the With-God Life

This week I had the privilege and honor to speak at the Northwest Ministry Annual Conference. It was a “TED Talk” format so I had exactly 5 minutes to speak. The theme was “With Jesus.” (Right up my alley!) Here is the transcript from my talk: After 25 years of full-time ministry there came a ...

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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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Final Thoughts on Solitude

There is so much more to say about the practice of silence and solitude but I will finalize my thoughts today.  But lest I give the impression that silence and solitude are the only means by which we encounter God, let me proclaim an emphatic “No!” Silence and solitude are just one of the many environments ...

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Practicing Solitude

I’ve posted for several days now on the spiritual practices of silence and solitude…and we are coming soon to an end. The danger, of course, with any Biblical teaching is that it remains in our head as a cherished belief and not actually practiced in our lives.  Thinking about solitude is not the same as closing the ...

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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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 ...