I have been studying and teaching on the Enneagram for the past three and a half years. For me, it is a unique personality typing system. It’s also extremely fashionable these days, especially in the Christian church, I understand that—which can allow for it to be disparaged by some. Of course, there are many other personal and professional typing methods available—Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, and DiSC profile, to name a few. Still, I’ve not yet found a tool as helpful in understanding not just the what or how of one’s personality, but also the why. It gets into the nitty-gritty of the motivation behind why we live and view life the way we do.
With this in mind, I was grateful to receive a review copy of A.J. Sherrill’s new work, The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation. Sherrill is formerly pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but has now moved into Enneagram and spiritual formation coaching. I am grateful to Brazos/Baker for a review copy.
This morning, as I sat quietly in my office—meditative music in the background, journal open, pen in hand—I began to feel the weight of so much. Continue reading
Today I’ve been reading about the gift of play, particularly as it relates to spiritual formation. There are the practices of Sabbath, prayer, work, exercise, study, meditation . . . and play.
It seems quite the odd concept to read about in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. In this time, play may seem, at best, something we should merely hope for in the future and, at worst, something we end up despising in the midst of carrying so much added responsibility.
I can pray and work. But play? Continue reading
Yesterday I wrote about a simple practice that can help in this time. It’s called the 5-3-1.
In this most challenging of times we find ourselves, I do believe it is important to create little rhythms in our lives. Small rhythms, simple rhythms (personal liturgy, if you will). Continue reading
I personally love to learn about, think about, read about, talk about spiritual formation. It’s a popular topic today, I understand that. I don’t want to be involved with this because it’s fashionable. Rather I’m drawn to it because of how my life is being transformed.
Spiritual formation, at its foundation, is about the forming of Christ in us by the Spirit of God. Eugene Peterson identifies it as such in his Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. He notes it is “primarily what the Spirit does, forming the resurrection life of Christ in us.”
I believe one key aspect of spiritual formation is the call to slow down. Spiritual formation will be nearly impossible if we are constantly on the run, in a hurry.
We live in a world – both outside and inside the church – that calls us to do more and do it faster. And do it flashy as well.
Christian spiritual formation calls for us to slow our pace. Continue reading