The missing link between ‘spiritual formation’ and evangelism

Written: 10/15/09 Published: 11/1/09 Bibliography: Beyond Belief: Christianity for the Sake of Others, by Todd Hunter   “Apologetics, it seems [from the ’emergent’ philosophy/trend], is dead.  But I’m not buying it—at least, not completely.  I’ll buy the fact that the dictionary definition of apologetics might have fallen on hard times—using formal logic, a systematic, argumentative discourse offering...

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Learning to be watchful

Written: 7/19/09 Published: 8/24/09 Bibliography: A Beginner’s Introduction to the Philokalia, by Anthony Coniaris.   In Luke 10:38-42, Mary and Martha have Jesus over for dinner and we see Jesus provide us with an extraordinary insight into the way He prioritises everyday and ‘ordinary’ life. In this story, I resonate deeply with Martha, who could see only the work to be done in front of her—and went and did it. A...

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I will take the ring to Mordor…though I do not know the way

Written: 4/13/09 Published: 4/13/09 Bibliography: The Fellowship of the Ring, “Three is Company”, p. 100.   “‘As for where I am going,’ said Frodo, ‘it would be difficult to give that away, for I have no clear idea myself, yet.’ ‘…you must go,’ said Gandalf, ‘or at least set out, either North, South, West, or East—and the direction should certainly not be known.’...

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Be focussed on prayer

Written: 1/5/04 Published: 4/4/09 Bibliography: “A Letter on Prayer”, The Cloud of Unknowing   I find it difficult to remain focussed on prayer at times, and find it useful to look to the giants of the faith in the past for their lessons learned on how to live a life of prayer. The unknown 14th century author of The Cloud of Unknowing writes: “Since you have asked me how you should control your feelings when you are...

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Albert Camus

Written: 7/19/00 Published: 3/28/09 Bibliography: The Call, by Os Guinness   “Albert Camus said, ‘Man’s first faculty is forgetting.’ Ingratitude and forgetfulness are ultimately moral rather than mental; they are the direct expression of sin. No culture has nourished such tendencies as consistently as ours. We pride ourselves on autonomous, self-created, and freestanding. A modern world with no need of God...

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Trust God and do the next thing

Written: 3/27/09 Published: 3/27/09 Bibliography: Biography of Oswald Chambers   When Oswald Chambers and his wife were asked how they carry on their work in the Kingdom, they replied, ‘well, we just trust God, and do the next thing in front of us.’ A profound truth for me, now. As a leader and a manager, I pray for our projects and people, but don’t just ask God for the next step—I ask for the whole plan. I want the...

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love = wisdom

Written: 2/11/09 Published: 2/14/09 Bibliography: Philippians 1:9   “And this is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…” I am stirred by the thought that it is at least partly through having love in increasing measure that we begin to see clearly into a matter. The word ‘insight’ here is translated from the Greek word aesthesis, and in this context means...

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Calling

Written: 5/23/02 Published: 2/10/09 Bibliography: The Call, by Os Guinness   Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction lived out as a response to his summons and service… …our primary calling as followers of Christ is by him, to him, and for him. We are called first and foremost to...

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Deliberate practice
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Deliberate practice

Written: 2/2/09 Published: 2/2/09 Bibliography: “Success is all in the Mind”, by Shelley Gare, January 24, 2009. The Australian. Anders Ericsson founded the idea of ‘deliberate practice’. Deliberate practice, whether it’s applied to sport, or business, or the arts, begins in the brain. This isn’t a child doing an hour of piano scales every day while imagining the fun they will have afterwards....

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The Levity Effect

Written: 1/26/09 Published: 1/26/09 Bibliography: The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up, by Adrian Gostick   Levity is the link between trust, respect, and the engagement of a workforce. It is human alchemy. When atmospheres of friendship are present at the workplace–the kind of friendship that values diversity, encourages the participation of everyone, acknowledges all contributions, allows people to be personable, lets...

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