July 22, 2018

Archives for September 2010

You Can’t Shake Jesus

By Chaplain Mike After a busy week of intense posts, here’s a moment of music for your enjoyment and encouragement. This is a live performance of a song from Ricky Skaggs’ new album, Mosaic.

Spiritual Formation: A Bit of Counsel

By Chaplain Mike Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. • […]

Christianity’s Forgotten Man

Allow me to relate two recent incidents as a way of introduction to this book review. The first was on a recent Sunday morning in a church associated with a popular Christian movement (they do not want to be called a “denomination”) located in the midwest. The man who preached is a well-known missionary, a […]

Difficult Scriptures – John 3:1-5

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said […]

Spiritual Formation: Clarifications

By Chaplain Mike For many Protestants, discussion of the “spiritual disciplines” raises a number of questions. In particular, we have questions about the relationship between God’s grace and human actions in the process of spiritual formation. Today, I’d like to make a few things clear. 1. When we talk about growing through practicing spiritual disciplines, […]

Spiritual Formation: How It Happens

By Chaplain Mike We intend what is right, but we avoid the life that would make it reality. • Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines, p. 6 Let’s say I’m in a room with three adults, all seated at pianos. I want to find out their ability to play the instrument. I ask them […]

Spiritual Formation: What Is It?

Spiritual Formation. First of all, I don’t like the term. It is too “spiritual” for me. We’re talking about personal formation, about becoming a more gracious, loving, virtuous human being; the person God created me to be. It is not about developing some part of me that is “spiritual,” it’s about me becoming more mature. […]

Spiritual Formation: A Place to Begin

By Chaplain Mike A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” This is the Bible’s perspective, as well. “In the beginning, God…” “You shall have no other gods before me (the one true and living God)” “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our […]

Short-Term Loss, Long-Term Gain

By Chaplain Mike Today’s post will consist first of some exegetical work, breaking down this difficult passage—Luke 16:1-13— so that we can grasp its meaning. This will be followed by a brief meditation to drive home the gospel message of Jesus. I encourage you to read the passage carefully, work through the study, and then […]

iMonk Classic: So Where Does an Evangelical Go For Spiritual Formation?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Aug 30, 2008 MOD Note: We will be focusing on the subject of spiritual formation in the days to come. In Aug/Sept, 2008, Michael Spencer had several posts on the subject, emphasizing the lack of tradition and practice with regard to spiritual formation in evangelicalism. This is […]