Formation

len on September 30th, 2016

The single book I brought with me to England I read mostly on the long flights – but it was worth the read! Published by Eerdmans in 2001. The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher. Something for everyone in here, with application much wider than only academics. Anyone who teaches from […]

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len on August 17th, 2016

Gordon Cosby and the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC, have influence far beyond their size. Since the birth of the community in the 1950s, it was “missional-incarnational” before anyone was coining the terms. In Call to Commitment, a book penned in the 60s by Elizabeth O’Connor, Cosby is cited in describing six qualities […]

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len on July 25th, 2016

Inagrace Dietterich writes, “The concept of practices has a specific meaning: socially established cooperative human activities carried in traditions that form people in a way of life. The cultivation of a people who follow the way of Jesus Christ is a lifelong participation in “a community that embodies the language, rituals, and moral practices from […]

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len on July 23rd, 2016

“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.” – St. Augustine.

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len on July 20th, 2016

And so empires of ideas, as well as empires of wealth and power, come and go. To live well is to observe in today’s apparent order the tiny anomalies that are the seeds of change, the harbingers of the order of tomorrow. This means living in a state of a certain insecurity, in anguish and […]

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len on July 11th, 2016

“We are all now, more or less, epistemological pilgrims.” Paul Helm I spent a few days in Chilliwack, then nearly two weeks in Kelowna — a nice change of pace and of scenery, and time with family and friends. I’ve learned not to take more than a couple of books along – that is the […]

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len on June 3rd, 2016

from Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert A brother asked one of the elders: What good thing shall I do, and thereby live? The old man replied: God alone knows what is good. It is said that someone inquired of Abbot Nisteros the Great , the friend of Abbot Anthony, asking: what good work shall […]

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len on April 14th, 2016

Every few years I go back to this post and reflect on these things from other angles. Today I’m thinking about the superficiality of the very popular NCD diagnostics for church health. But I’m also thinking about systems of exclusion and scape-goating, leadership that defines itself by fear, and the book I’m working on — […]

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