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Spiritual Formation

What is the shape of mercy, and what does it feel like in your hand? Andrew Eberhart shares a deeply formative moment as he learned the grace of the Jesus Prayer: "Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner."

We always want to appear as if we have everything under control. Patricia Taylor shares how messy buns taught her to let go of her tight-fisted grip on appearances.

I needed the one thing I did not have: space to respond to anxiety. Space to make order of the chaos. Space to rest in the midst of panic and fear. Space to see and hear what was pure and true about my life, about me. Space to know that the ground Jesus and I had walked once before was not lost. I was not anxious Ellen exposed for her true self. I was Ellen in a state of anxiety. My old victories were not undone. A new victory was mine just ahead.

We need people in our lives to journey with us in order that we may “watch over one another in love” between our Sundays and other times of worship.

What is Spiritual Direction like? What does it take to be a Spiritual Director? Laura Beach discusses how Spiritual Direction is like jazz: a holy version of controlled and trained improvisation in which the Spiritual Director listens and responds to the Spirit of God and the other.

Whether you are a clinical counselor, a pastor, or even just someone trying to care for your own soul, there will be something here for you.

The most important book of 2016 is The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, by...
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What is a band meeting and what is its purpose? In this video, Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson share the why behind their recent book, The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relationship Discipleship in Transformational Community.

In many Christian ministry circles, people believe that in order to serve God, we have to sacrifice ourselves and "burn out or rust out." Elizabeth Peterson shares her journey of learning good self care and five core truths she has learned in the process.

Formative power is a part of what it means to be made in the image of God. Formative power means that we have power to participate in our formation. And it also means that when I force my opinions and choices on others (even beloved others) I am robbing them of their God given formative power.