Formation

len on September 19th, 2017

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight . Phil. 1.9 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he pastures his flock among the lilies. Song of Songs 6.3 Speaking out of Philippians 1 last week, I focused on v 9-11. What is […]

Continue reading about love and knowledge

len on September 16th, 2017

“Attention is a strange thing. It’s often thought that the way to retain power or influence is to hold onto people’s attention—to keep it active, front and center. That’s how iPhone rose to prominence, after all: by ripping a hole in popular understanding of mobile telephony and introducing a totally new paradigm. “But over time, […]

Continue reading about Apple and Spiritual Formation

len on August 11th, 2017

Continue reading about Broken Futures

len on August 11th, 2017

Continue reading about Broken Futures

len on March 15th, 2017

“Tell of it, you who ride on tawny asses, you who sit on rich carpets, and you who walk by the way. “To the sound of musicians at the watering places, there they repeat the triumphs of Yahweh, the triumphs of his peasantry in Israel.” – Judges 5:10-11 Walter Brueggemann comments on the verses above: […]

Continue reading about On Musicians and Wells

len on February 18th, 2017

Discipline in the spiritual life means “a gradual process of coming home to where we belong and listening there to the voice which desires our attention. It is the voice of the ‘first love.’ St. John writes: ‘We are in love… because God first loved us.” It is this first love which offers us the […]

Continue reading about discipline

len on January 16th, 2017

Begin the song exactly where you are, Remain within the world of which you’re made. Call nothing common in the earth or air, Accept it all and let it be for good. Start with the very breath you breathe in now, This moment’s pulse, this rhythm in your blood And listen to it, ringing soft […]

Continue reading about singing bowl

len on December 13th, 2016

Linda Cannell’s article closes Part IV of Life in the Spirit (IVP, 2010) with, “Theology, Spiritual Formation and Theological Education.” Her essay has some interesting connections to the arguments James Smith makes in Desiring the Kingdom, esp his closing chapter, “A Christian University is for Lovers.” (Or more recently his boiled down version “We Are […]

Continue reading about church, academy and the desire for God

len on December 9th, 2016

When everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we look to traditional authority structures and authority figures to pull us through. Unfortunately, traditional authority is not up to the task. Frequently they are isolated in mini-worlds that have insulated and protected them from change. They have stopped “listening.” In other cases, they defend the […]

Continue reading about communitas and formation

len on October 26th, 2016

I have been asked to plan a course for next year that explores different maps for spiritual formation. I went to bed last night with the terrain in my head, wondering what are the essential questions that must be addressed. Phyllis Tickle came to mind – in her book The Great Emergence she lists the […]

Continue reading about models of spiritual formation