Tag Archives: spiritual formation

The Spaces Between

I removed the glass plate from the microwave to wash it. Since I’m still as spatially challenged as I was the last time I washed it, I hoped that I could put it back without asking my husband to explain … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“[There is a particular resistance] that invariably crops up any time we consider times of genuine solitude. It is the almost overwhelming feeling that we will be passed over. Now, what we say is, “I want to be available to … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with God – Stages of Spiritual Maturity

Eugene Peterson’s book Eat this Book teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. Our Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In these passages, we learn … Continue reading

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The Reality of Spiritual Formation – We are Never Done!

Welcome to the 500th post on the Living as Apprentices blog! I invite you to browse through the blog categories listed on the Home Page to check out some of the older posts. Or go to The “Best of” the … Continue reading

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“Composing A Life “

In 1989, Mary Catherine Bateson (daughter of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson) wrote a book titled Composing a Life.  Among other things, Bateson proposes that life is not a straightforward path, but more like an “improvisatory art.” As explanation, she … Continue reading

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The Vocabulary of Spiritual Growth

Recently, as a birthday gift, my son took me to a lecture by David Brooks, New York Times columnist, commentator on PBS News Hour and Meet the Press,  and author of The Road to Character.  One of Brooks’ major themes … Continue reading

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Fostering a Deeper Commitment

Nathan Foster recently admitted having a “broken ‘hoper’” – even when it comes to the Church. He says:  “It doesn’t take many years of living life, watching the way things work out, the conclusions, the trends, the frailness and predicaments … Continue reading

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A Lesson from the Civil Rights Movement

LIVING AS APPRENTICES January 19 is the celebration of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  The powerful movie Selma has been released. And February will be Black History month in America. With this backdrop, I listened today, spellbound, to an  interview  with John … Continue reading

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