Articles tagged 'spiritual formation'

Apprentices (The)

Article (Christianity)

What is spiritual formation? And how does a church do it? A professor and pastor discuss the new language of making disciples. Above the entrance to the philosophy department at the University of Southern California, where Dallas Willard has taught...

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Foreword: I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life

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In his teachings Jesus Christ picked up on a note struck by the prophet Isaiah: "This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me." (Mark 7:6, Isaiah 29:13) The apostle Paul famously remarked upon the incongruity...

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Foreword: Whole Life Transformation

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Whole Life Transformation places before us exactly what its title suggests. The message is that success in ministry and in life is found by becoming on the "inside" the kind of person who lives in the kingdom of God here...

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Getting Love Right

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This is an 11-page paper presented by Dr. Willard at a Christian Counselors' conference in 2007, in which Dr. Willard explains the importance of the Apostle Paul's teaching on love. "It is Paul who really helps us to understand the...

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How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth?

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How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples? Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and...

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How Does the Disciple Live?

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How the disciple lives naturally comes out of who the disciple is. As Jesus’ disciple, I am his apprentice in kingdom living. I am learning from him how to lead my life in the Kingdom of the Heavens as...

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Human Body and Spiritual Growth (The)

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"Spiritual formation" is the process through which those who love and trust Jesus Christ effectively take on His character. When this process is what it should be, they increasingly live their lives as He would if He were in their...

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Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning Spiritual Formation

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In the fall of 1999 a small group of Christian teachers gathered in retreat near Idaho Springs, Colorado to prayerfully reflect on the meaning and prospects of Christian spiritual formation today. With no human authority, but deep concern for the life...

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Introduction: Teresa of Avila: Selections from The Interior Castle

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I first studied Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle twenty or so years ago, after many years of efforts to understand, live, and communicate what the spiritual life portrayed in the Bible was meant to be. I had found...

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Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation and the Restoration of the Soul

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"The law of the Lord is perfect,restoring the soul."  (Ps. 19:7 NAS) "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."  (Ps. 23:3 NAS) A RENEWED INTEREST IN SPIRITUALITY.  Currently...

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Spiritual Formation in Christ:A Perspective on What it is and How it Might be Done

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"... until Christ be formed in you." (Gal. 4:19) "Spiritual formation" is a phrase that has recently rocketed onto the lips and into the ears of Protestant Christians with an abruptness that is bound to make a thoughtful person uneasy. If it...

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Spiritual Formation: What it is, and How it is Done

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A few scripture passages point us to the place in human personality that is the focus of spiritual formation: Proverbs 4:20-24 reminds us to keep the words of God's wisdom "in the midst of your heart," and that from...

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Spirituality Made Hard

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Let’s just put it this way. There is a reason Dallas Willard is a professor in the School of Philosophy at one of the most prestigious universities in the world – USC. He is smart. We thought we...

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Why Bother With Discipleship?

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If we are Christians simply by believing that Jesus died for our sins, then that is all it takes to have sins forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Why, then, do some people keep insisting that something more...

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