The Peculiarly Good Life

In one of the readings for the Apprentice Experience, James Bryan Smith quotes St. Augustine and this fascinating concept, "good things peculiar to the good." Basically, there is a treasure of goodness found in God and with God that Christians experience that those outside of this faith know nothing about. The idea being that nonbelievers... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Exercise

If you would have asked me in 2000 what my favorite spiritual discipline would be 16 years later, I would venture the following guesses: solitude and silence or journaling or simplicity or service. These seemed to fit better with my natural personality and interests. It turns out that my favorite soul-training exercise is scripture memorization... Continue Reading →

Three Marks Of A Spiritually Mature Leader

The university where I work recently conducted an inauguration service for a new President. It had all that you would expect; dignitaries representing important places and institutions, fancy clothes and regalia, grandiose music, and words of inspiration and acknowledgement. It also exemplified aspects of Growing Up that can be peculiar attributes of mature Christian leaders.... Continue Reading →

God Speaks To Me Through …

What Spiritual Exercise(s) has had the most impact on your Growing Up? For me, it has to be reading/studying and solitude with a little bit of small group community to keep me encouraged and accountable. Whatever activity that benefits you the most in Growing Up, make sure you are including that in your life on... Continue Reading →

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