November 19, 2017

Archives for May 2013

The Goal of Spiritual Formation

“This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience — Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.” “Atticus, you must be wrong….” “How’s that?” “Well, most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong….” “They’re certainly entitled […]

God’s Spiritual Formation “Program”

In the final analysis, there is one thing that enables believers to grow in Christ. Few are willing to put it that starkly. In fact, there is so much false advertising out there about what actually equips people to change, develop personally, and become mature followers of Jesus, that we have become utterly confused and in […]

Another Look: The Contexts of Faith

Much Christian piety and spirituality is romantic and unreal in its positiveness. As children of the Enlightenment, we have censored and selected around the voice of darkness and disorientation, seeking to go from strength to strength, from victory to victory. But such a way not only ignores the Psalms; it is a lie in terms […]

Seasons and Paths of Formation

Little children, I’m writing to you because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus’ name. Parents, I’m writing to you because you have known the one who has existed from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you have conquered the evil one. Little children, I write to you because you know the Father. Parents, […]

What’s Being Said about the SGM Scandal

UPDATE: Today, Rachel Held Evans posted on this subject as well, saying something extremely important that we affirm as well: we support and love the survivors of abuse, and pray with you for justice and peace. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God to put things right, for they will be satisfied” (Matt. […]

Another Look: Spiritual Formation — Some Clarifications

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, we are not […]

For Memorial Day: Another Look — Music of Peace in the Midst of Chaos

With Prayers for Peace on Memorial Day 2013 Back in the early 1990’s a simple counter-intuitive act of heroism caught the imagination of those who learned about it. On May 27, 1992, Vedran Smailovic, principal cellist for the city opera, was practicing his cello in an upstairs apartment in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia. It […]

Another Look: Spiritual Formation — How It Happens

We intend what is right, but we avoid the life that would make it reality. – Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines 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 all to play “Twinkle, Twinkle […]

Another Look: Spiritual Formation — What Is It?

Note from CM: This will be my last week of full time writing for awhile. When it gets to Tuesday of next week, pray for me, because by then the DT’s will probably be setting in hard. As I’ve tried to think about what to share this week, I thought it might be good to […]

Saturday Ramblings 5.25.13

Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. iMonk from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to rambling … Here is a very good story about a family who lost everything—but say they lost nothing—in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado this week. By the way, this pastor’s new church is […]