Church bores me, why should I go?

Over the years I’ve heard all kinds of excuses/reasons for why people don’t regularly attend church. One of the most often rehearsed is that Church (the event) is boring. My friend Miranda has some thoughts all of us might want to consider before throwing in the towel and walking away...

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Show Grace

Grace is best described by stories that chronicle grace-filled demonstrations. It is true that we can tell people what grace is via propositional assertions but grace cannot be comprehensively communicated apart from tangible examples. Grace in real-life is always superior to grace in theory. Grace demonstrated always trumps grace articulated....

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Spiritual Formation Applied

  So what does it mean to be spiritually formed? Perhaps a better question is, what does it look like when we are being formed spiritually? I don’t know that the job of spiritual formation is ever done. For the Christian who is called to become like Christ, I am...

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Pastoring for Spiritual Formation

I wish change was easy. Don’t you? I wish that I could demolish and then rebuild the deck at my house without the pain of labor or the expense of material. I wish my kids would learn from the mistakes of others and not have to experience the pain of...

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Formation Happens Today

Spiritual formation is unique to each person. Its practices and roots are ancient but its application is ALWAYS in the present tense. It never happens “tomorrow”. And we cannot count on its past formative realities to carry us forward. Spiritual formation necessarily takes place today.  It is not managed but...

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Breathing in and Breathing out

Spiritual Formation is often talked about in terms of how it is accomplished. This means that when the conversation turns to formation it generally rotates on the fulcrum of how one becomes or pursues formation. Most of the time SF is talked about in terms of the kinds of disciplines...

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Formation is…

  Merriam-Webster defines formation as an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form: development. This is how the term is used when talking about spiritual formation. It is talking about the idea of being developed or grown in one’s capacity to be and function spiritually....

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Spirituality is…

  What does it mean to be spiritual? There are many ideas about spirituality these days, but what does (or should) a Christian mean when they use the term? What does it mean for a Christian to be “spiritual”? And does being a spiritual person differ in any real and...

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Doubt: Is it a Gift or Curse?

I’m a believer – a Christian. I was born into a Christian home with Christian parents. I’ve gone to church all my life. I’m a “lifer” and an insider. I’m also a doubter – a questioner.  And for many years I wrestle in silence and fear with all kinds of...

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