To often spirituality is seen as other worldly, something out there that most of us can never achieve, a super-spirituality that has little time for real life. Yet we were made for everyday life. Adam and Eve had a garden to look after. A garden where they knew the Presence of God. Spiritual formation doesn't … Continue reading Spiritual formation – everyday holiness
To be spiritually formed is to be whole, to be fully rounded in our approach to life. Frequently though that is not what we find, it seems in our nature to focus on one or two areas to the exclusion of others, or to go to an extreme in some area to the neglect of … Continue reading Spiritual formation – a fully rounded life
Last time I posted about the difference it makes to Christian spiritual formation depending on whether our focus is on holiness or love and how it can lead to distortion in our lives if we focus on one to the neglect of the other. And that brings in the whole question of balance. Now for … Continue reading Spiritual formation – balance
Reading and reflecting on growing in Christ or spiritual formation, it makes a big difference as to whether we focus on holiness or love to the exclusion of the other. If our focus is holiness, sin consciousness and separation from the world will play a big part. If our focus is love, acceptance and relational … Continue reading Spiritual formation
Culture is part of life whether we know it or not. Its is an atmosphere, a way of being and doing, created by a common understanding, either intentionally or unintentionally. Every home has a culture, every society, every church. The question is what kind of culture, there's good, mediocre and the downright toxic, and every … Continue reading Setting a culture of honour
As Easter follows Christmas, and Ascension follows Easter, so Pentecost follows Ascension. The early church knew in the coming of the Spirit that the Son was at the Father's right hand in the Glory, and had received from Him the gift of the Spirit. Jesus had said while here on earth when conversing with his … Continue reading Pentecost – what of it?
If Jesus has done it all, do I need to confess my sin? do I need to ask for forgiveness? Big questions, good questions. So here are some thoughts. I love the grace of God, I preach and teach grace with a passion, because it's in the Bible, because it is the gospel. It saves, … Continue reading Confession, repentance and forgiveness?