Mentoring/sp Direction

len on January 22nd, 2014

Developmental Stages offer us insight into the experience of liminality: the in-between phases of spiritual life that generate tremendous growth. * * * * * * Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend, Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend. Speaking […]

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len on November 1st, 2013

“Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls,” is the title edited by Gary Moon and David Benner. The subtitle is “a guide to Christian approaches and practices.” The book is published by IVP Academic and looks quite excellent. Chapter listing is as follows: Part I The Seven Major Traditions of Christian Spirituality 1. Sp Direction […]

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len on September 1st, 2013

In Becoming Human Jean Vanier writes, “As humans we crave belonging, we need the connectedness to others that brings security, but this connectedness can prevent the natural movement and evolution that we need in our lives. It can also get in the way of creativity and stifle the natural loneliness that pushes us to discover […]

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len on August 30th, 2013

Richard Rohr writes, “Do men approach spirituality differently than women, have different starting places and different symbols? My studied opinion is that we do have quite different entrance points, but nevertheless end up much the same, because the goal is identical — union, divine union, where we are being guided by One who is neither […]

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len on August 20th, 2013

You know the brick path in back of the house, the one you see from the kitchen window, the one that bends around the far end of the garden where all the yellow primroses are? And you know how if you leave the path and walk up into the woods you come to a heap […]

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len on July 30th, 2013

Bosco Peters writes, “I appreciate the Myers-Briggs personality typing and what we can learn from it. I enjoyed the following prayers for different personality types: ISTJ: Lord help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 am e.s.t. ISTP: God help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive. […]

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len on July 9th, 2013

Developmental Stages offer us insight into the experience of liminality: the in-between phases of spiritual life that generate tremendous growth. * * * * * * Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend, Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend. It […]

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len on May 26th, 2013

Back in 2011 Dave Fitch posted that in our post-Christian context it is challenging for leaders to proclaim certain truths without being labeled as too harsh. The reaction is to proclaim a gospel that is not transformational, sacrificial, or costly. What appears below is my own sorting of Dave’s thoughts. He noted that, “You could […]

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len on May 9th, 2013

This is the title of the 1993 book by Larry Mulholland Jr, subtitled “A Road Map for Spiritual Formation.” This is an unusual little book, because it maps spiritual formation by the Myers-Briggs personality types. Are you an INTJ? Chances are solitude is no problem for you. Are you and ENTP? Solitude is a challenge; […]

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len on May 8th, 2013

For those who pastor — whether inside four walls, outside four walls, or in the workplace — the authors of Everyday Church share four liberating truths. 1. God is great, so we don’t have to be in control! Effects of a faithless response. We will be over-controlling, the arbiter of truth. We will want to […]

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