Battling Our Identity

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The photo above is from Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash.

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

The Gift of Play

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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

Footprints Over Monuments

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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