237 – Simplicity – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

I suspect you are all familiar with the Serenity Prayer, Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Right? How does … Continue reading

202 – Discipleship – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few weeks ago a young man spoke at our church on his work with the organization Youth with a Mission  ( http://www.ywam.org/ ). He spoke in part of his working in the YWAM’s “Discipleship Training School.”  I had not heard of … Continue reading

188 – Community – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The other day I came across this quote from Georges Florovsky (a twentieth century Russian theologian), Christianity entered history as a new social order, or rather a new social dimension.  From the very beginning Christianity was not primarily a ‘doctrine,’ … Continue reading

172 – Discipline – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

For the past two weeks, first from Evelyn Underhill and then from Eugene Peterson, we have heard about a certain kind of passivity in the Christian walk.  Today, let’s listen to Dallas Willard, “[Disciplines are] activities we engage in that are within … Continue reading

145 – Fooling Ourselves – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few weeks ago I came across an article by Evan Howard entitled “Three Temptations of Spiritual Formation.” *  I have to admit the title caught my attention immediately.  Below are a few sentences from the article. “…. I love participating with believers … Continue reading

101 – Spiritual Formation – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The other day I was going over definitions of “spiritual formation” (and spiritual practices/disciplines) that I have shared here and then Monday I came across a  blog post by Jayne Davis titled “String Theory.” http://www.abpnews.com/blog/spiritual-formation/string-theory-2012-06-01/ The first sentence got my … Continue reading

80 – Spiritual Formation – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

I decided to start this year by rereading 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight.  As I begin to read it again, I see more and more the passion McKnight has to share what he sees as foundational … Continue reading

24 – Spiritual Formation — Intention on the Spiritual Journey

In preparation for a retreat I recently attended I read Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr.  He defines spiritual formation as “a process of being conformed to the image of Christ … Continue reading