Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

Trying or Training?

At the end of 2017, I spoke with Dr. John Coe, Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University. He’s a delightful and gracious person. As we chatted about spiritual formation, he raised the important distinction between training … Continue reading

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Unhurried

“Is a day without achievement a day well-lived?” The question makes me uncomfortable. I don’t mind swapping the workplace for the home, but I’ve got lists of things to do in each place. And the more I’ve checked off my … Continue reading

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A Progressive Fast

Lent has launched. This past Wednesday (yesterday) was Ash Wednesday, and millions of Christians around the world have now begun a fast; not as a way to get God’s attention, but as a way for Him to get ours. Fasting … Continue reading

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The Finger of God

In Exodus 7-8, God sent a wave of plagues against the land of Egypt because Pharaoh would not release the Israelites from slavery. First, all of the major waterways of Egypt were turned to blood. The fish in the Nile … Continue reading

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Out of Egypt

Some time ago, I heard Christine Caine (a fellow Aussie) describe how the Israelites, when they left their slavery in Egypt and headed for the Promised Land, managed to turn an 11-day hike into a 40-year odyssey! Her one-liner that … Continue reading

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Near But Far

It’s nothing new. We like the benefits of being near Christ. Having Him around is good for us. It’s good for society. It benefits our marriages, families, businesses, and finances. He makes people ethical. He influences people to be moral. … Continue reading

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Behind our Words

Last week I was chatting with Dennis Nichols (our Lead Faculty for the Master of Arts in Leadership). He had bumped into a stranger in the hallway earlier that day. The stranger introduced himself and told Dennis that the course … Continue reading

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