4 Ways the Church Misunderstands Spiritual Formation

The journey into God that transforms us and leads us into deeper connection with God lies at the heart of spiritual formation. Formation creates a space for that encounter to occur, and it nurtures the practice and virtues that makes that journey possible.But it is also widely misunderstood, even by churches.In looking back over decades of attention to the task of formation, here is a brief outline of four models for spiritual formation that are important elements of the experience, but … [Read more...]

Meditating on Words from Merton

My friend Paul McKay posted these words from Thomas Merton and I’ve been meditating on them ever since: In our age everything has to be a ‘problem.’ Ours is a time of anxiety because we have willed it to be so. Our anxiety is not imposed on us by force from outside. We impose it on our world and upon one another from within ourselves. The word meditate comes from the Latin, meditatio, which --- among other things --- means “to ponder.”As much as I like the word “ponder,” it is helpful think … [Read more...]


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