By Jonathan Hall By this point, I have begun to assume that most people are at least somewhat familiar with the Enneagram, if not full-on fanatics. My relationship with the popular personality type system has seen its share of triumph and confusion over the past three or so years that I have known about it, … Continue reading
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“Less like scars, more like character”
The following post comes from one of CBF’s field personnel, Matt Norman. Read the story of his hopes and dreams for the coming year. Click here to support and learn more about the Norman’s ministry. “It’s been a hard year • But I’m climbing out of the rubble • These lessons are hard •Healing changes are subtle … Continue reading
Servants among Friends: Reaffirming Dignity
DIGNITY – what do you hear when this word comes to mind? For us, it takes on renewed meaning each summer when LUCHA Ministries refocuses our efforts on Latino youth outreach through PROJECT 3-D. Latino youth, many from immigrant parents and/or who are immigrants themselves, hear repeatedly that they are “different from” (implying “not as … Continue reading
Spiritual Formation & Two Great Books
Recently, I decided to study two books that I have read separately, together. The books, Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by Arbinger Institute http://t.co/O2ADjSd via @amazon Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation by M. Robert Mulho… http://t.co/0KojyU8 via @amazon are both excellent books. Studied together, … Continue reading
Our Humanity is the Point
Well, I have been stuck in the snow since Sunday here in Atlanta. It is crazy that a city this large–almost 5 million– has only 10 or so snow plows. Once the snow froze on the roads, well… 4 days of 27 F highs and it is going nowhere. So, I picked up a novel … Continue reading
By what fruit are we known?
Kenneson, Phillip, D. Life on the Vine, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999. In the book Life on the Vine, Phillip Kenneson challenges the Western Church to take up the action of discernment. He wonders if the fruit of the spirit is in fact being cultivated … Continue reading
A Call to Spiritual Formation
It was my pleasure recently to attend the Renovare International Conference in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Hosted partly at First Baptist Church of San Antonio and including Fellowship Baptists as workshop presenters and speakers, I was proud to be a Fellowship Baptist in the midst of so many fellow pilgrims. Consistent with their reputation, Renovare … Continue reading
I Need a Retreat!
Lately, life has been nuts and I’m on the edge of integrity. What I mean is, I often preach the value of contemplative retreat opportunities, but too often wait until I’m on the edge to plan one for myself. I’ve always struggled with this in ministry. I’m amazed at how easy it is to look … Continue reading
When Would You Need A “Spiritual Director”?
A spiritual director joins personal experience with intentional fellowship and reflective study of the life and thought of Jesus. It is an ancient expectation of ministry, and at the same time a very modern term. It is contemporary because most Christians now worship outside a designated church building and have no denominational affiliation. Their allegiance … Continue reading