Plenty of people have heard about the Enneagram. It’s a very popular personality typing tool. Many have taken a test to find out their Enneatype, read a book, listened to a podcast, or perhaps all of the above.
While this tool is helpful in understanding how we’ve been created, shaped, and formed throughout our life, I see it also as a gift for our own spiritual growth and development. With that, I will be hosting some workshops on the Enneagram starting Friday, April 29.
Many have heard of the Enneagram, a popular personality system that encompasses 9 different types. While this typing method has much to offer around understanding our core selves, it can also be used as a tool for spiritual growth and formation.
I was introduced to John Mark Comer maybe a year or so ago through his podcast with Mark Sayers, This Cultural Moment. My sense is that Comer and Sayers really have their finger on the “cultural moment” we currently find ourselves in as citizens of the Western, and American, setting. Western Europe is already there, and has been for a long time. Some major urban metropolitan areas of the US are also. But more and more, we are emerging as a postmodern, post-Christian context in America, though places like the Bible Belt where I reside are white-knuckling to hold on to a “Christianized” past. Their podcast has been so good that I now have my students listen to it in courses related to mission and ministry.
With that, not too long ago, I picked up John Mark Comer’s recent book Live No Lies. He also has a podcast connected to the book as well.
The focus of the book is how to properly recognize and resist the three enemies of the soul – the world, the flesh, and the devil. I know, I know. Sounds fundamentalist, doesn’t it. Preaching against those wicked enemies.