Spiritual Formation

The Art of Being Fully Present

Wow! Thanks everyone for the great interaction and response to last week’s post about shutting down technology and being present. I want to balance those thoughts and ideas with a thought on what it takes to engage one another. I say balance because it’s easy to address a topic by saying what we should not …

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Pray big and Pray bold

As I get ready for my sermon tomorrow on prayer in Colossians 4:2-6, I was reminded of this powerful sermon by Pastor Sundar Krishnan at Urbana ’09. Lord, teach me to pray like this! [vimeo 8467883 w=500 h=281]

Parental Amnesia

I’ve been taking a break from posting during this Lenten season, but I couldn’t resist reposting this entry from Gloria Furman at Desiring God. It’s amazing how parenting can push right up against the Gospel that tells us our identity is rooted and founded in Christ. How can we fight parental amnesia? How about other …

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From dust to dust

I attended my second ever Ash Wednesday service last night. A local Anglican Church held a service at another Evangelical Free church. It was cool to be with another congregation in the building of yet another congregation. I couldn’t help but remark how beautifully big the Church is, and how powerful the Church becomes when …

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MLK's Drum Major Instinct

In my morning devotions today, I decided to read a sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King’s along with my Daily Office reading. (A few months ago, I bought a collection of Rev. King’s sermons and writings to read periodically.) I stumbled upon a sermon called, “The Drum Major Instinct”. It’s one of his more well-known …

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Planning for the New Year

From John Piper’s blog. This is so humbling, but inspiring. I really want to spend this year being intentional and deliberate with my time and the people entrusted to me – my wife, my kids, my family, and my church. I have no idea how to do this, but experience has taught me that the …

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Watched a good movie lately?

We’re thinking about hosting a monthly movie at our church for the purpose of discussing current issues and their relatedness to faith. While we’re not trying to just hit hot-button or controversial issues, we want to show and discuss movies that have some substance and message. I hope it’s another medium to discuss the Gospel …

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