Some Fundamentals of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is participating with Jesus in his training program to move us from a me-focused life to a God-focused life. Here are some basic concepts to get you started. Be authentic with God. God…

Reading for Formation

Lately I have been listening to www pray-as-you-go.org. Each day includes music, silence, a scripture reading, a few comments or questions, a repeat reading of the passage, a few final comments, and then a bit…

Conversations with Jesus

If I were to invite you to describe Jesus in short, pithy statements I suspect you might say things like, Jesus healed, Jesus saved, Jesus preached, Jesus prayed, Jesus fed or Jesus taught, but I…

This Homeless Man, This King

He was a homeless man, this king He invites – follow me He challenges us to be This crucified man, this miracle maker Present, absent, here again He didn’t seek, but sought Didn’t demand, but…

A Life Soaked In God

I just finished A God Soaked Life by Chris Webb. It has made me wonder what does a life soaked in God look like? Here are a few ideas. Less hurry, more rest Less anxiety,…

A Reflective Life

As I journey with God in Christlike character formation I increasingly recognize the value of a reflective life.  God’s training in me occurs as I notice the circumstances and attitudes of my day.  Was I…

A Different Life

This spring I met a woman I will call Betty.  She has two kids, works, and attends church.  As we have gotten to know each other I realized she doesn’t see any connection between her…

My Life With God

My life with God.  Of course, I live my Life With God.   After all, this is what a believer should do. But what does that actually mean, to live my Life With God? Well, I…

A Change of Character

It is easy to talk to God about behavioral issues.  Lord, help me be a better steward of my money.  Lord, help me loose weight.  Lord, help me find a job, be healed from a…

Tools for training

Spiritual disciplines have gotten some bad press.  We often see them as oughts and shoulds rather than invitations and opportunities.  They can represent one more chore on our perceived list to please Christ. But the…