Monthly Archives: February 2014

Partnership

Living as Apprentices Recently I asked members of a class I was teaching to look up the terms symbiosis and synergy as  part of their homework because those words were used in the chapter we were studying next. As does any … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Me

“I often want to say to people, ‘you have neat, tight expectations of what life ought to give you, but you won’t get it. That isn’t what life does. Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. It is meant … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Shadow Boxing – conclusion

Living as Apprentices Yet one more thought is necessary to understand the process of shadow boxing.  That is: while we are in the process of self-examination, we must treat ourselves kindly.  We must live in the memory that God sings … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Shadow Boxing – Part 2

LIVING AS APPRENTICES The idea of shadow boxing (explained in an earlier post) is directly related to the 4th – 7th steps of The Twelve Steps, which are the backbone of the recovery movement.  These steps point out the need … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Shadow Boxing – Part 1

LIVING AS APPRENTICES My favorite definition for the term  spiritual formation comes from M. Robert Mulholland: “the process of conforming to the image of Jesus for the sake of others.” And my favorite expression of that process is a phrase … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Discipline of Pondering

My Journey Recently I have developed the practice of pondering – as in “And Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”(NIV).  Ponder is an interesting word.  It comes from the Latin pondus which meant “a … Continue reading

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Better than Fight or Flight

Living as Apprentices In his book The Walk, The Life-Changing Journey of Two Friends, Michael Card describes a time in his life when he was frustrated and bitter about the state of the Christian music industry. His emotional state was … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

This is the story of two cities, one on the eastern coast of America, the other on the southern coast of Italy.  It is also the story of two celebrations, one mostly self-serving, one full of hospitality.  And it is … Continue reading

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