House of Prayer (John Frye)

This second post on the Psalms will consider three more types of prayers/songs. A quick reminder: we find ourselves in the Psalms, for sure, but we also find others (and ‘the other’) and, most of all, we find the sometimes apparently missing God. Because life is not static, but constantly moving, we find in the [Read More...]

The House of Prayer

Psalms: The House of Prayer- Part 1 (by John Frye) I have been pondering Eugene H. Peterson’s comment that his “primary educational task as pastor was to teach people to pray” (The Contemplative Pastor, 96). Peterson, like many other wise spiritual directors, points us to the Psalms. “The Psalms make it possible to say things [Read More...]

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is…

Almighty and everlasting God, Whose will it is to restore all things in your well¯beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; Who lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

Where Does Spiritual Formation Begin?

There are two pole ends on this one. For some people, the essence of spiritual formation is being made holy and for others it is about being made loving. Those at the end of each pole minimize the opposite end. Many strive for a balance. It is too easy to stereotype into poles on this [Read More...]

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures…

Blessed Lord, Who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; Who lives and reigns with [Read More...]

Encountering God in Prayer

One of the themes Tim Keller presses us to see in his new book on prayer (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God) is that prayer is a conversation with God on the basis of the Bible’s words. We listen to God through reading and pondering and meditating over Scripture and then we pray to [Read More...]

On Taming Jesus

When do we tame Jesus? when is the Jesus of the Gospels and the Jesus of our faith tamed? If spirituality is formation into Christlikeness then taming Jesus diminishes spiritual formation. Where has our formation been shortened by taming the Jesus toward whom we are to grow? Most of our taming of Jesus is invisible to [Read More...]

Reading the Bible vs. Being Read by the Bible

This set of images comes from a wonderful article by James Bryan Smith, at Friends University and with Apprentice Institute, and illustrates the differences of reading the Bible for information vs formation or reading the Bible vs being read by the Bible: [Read more...]

The Middle Ground in Prayer

The one and only prayer book of the Bible is the Book of Psalms but it does not begin with a prayer but with a meditation, what Tim Keller calls “a meditation on meditation” (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, 146). That is, Psalm 1 is a “pre-prayer act” of recollection. We cannot jump [Read More...]

What is Spiritual Formation?

If the Christian life is defined as being spiritually formed, without suggesting for a moment this is all about spirit and not at all about body, what would it look like to be spiritual formed? Diane Chandler, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, offers this definition in her new book, Christian Spiritual Formation: An Integrated [Read More...]


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