Soul Care

If you have not become familiar with Mindy Caliguire’s site on Soul Care, it is worth a look. Soul care is a more focused area of spiritual formation that examines the heath of our inner life. She explains: So what makes a soul healthy? Quite simply, a soul is healthy to the extent that it experiences a strong connection to and receptivity to God. Jesus was clear: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5, TNIV). However, connecting this spiritual reality to how we...
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Book: The Kingdom Life

A couple of months ago, IVP published The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (2010). This book provides a summary of 10 main concepts behind spiritual formation, with each chapter written by one of the leading thinkers in this field, including Dallas Willard, Bill Hull, and others. It’s a basic but solid biblical introduction to the subject....
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The Mind Under Grace

The 2010 March edition of Christianity Today has some interesting articles on the relationship of doctrine to spiritual formation. In The Mind Under Grace, Darren Marks urges us to base our theology solidly on Scripture rather than the experiences of faithful people in the past, and warns against the temptation to think that what we experience is more important than what we think. His article helps to allay the fears of those who believe that spiritual formation is somehow untethered from the word of God. This edition has two further articles on the importance of doctrine, one on the...
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