Last week’s blog entry, Spiritual Formation and Extroverts by Mike McNichols, got me thinking. Mike wrote: “One thing that I’ve noticed is that much of what is being practiced (solitude, silence, Scripture meditation, journaling, prayer practices, etc.)—all good things, mind you—seem to be best suited for people who are introverts.” Alright, I’m an introvert – so why am I having issues with these spiritual formation practices? Aren’t I suppose to revel in the silence and solitude? In my case, it’s not so much about introvert or extrovert. For me, it’s more about production. I have a need for immediate feedback and/or results. I need to feel that what I am doing is having an affect. I don’t do well with idle time. Getting from point A to point […]
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Over the last few years I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about spiritual formation and how it happens in an educational environment. It’s a fascinating conversation, and in the process I’ve had the opportunity to look at what a number of other churches and institutions do in that area. One thing that I’ve noticed is that much of what is being practiced (solitude, silence, Scripture meditation, journaling, prayer practices, etc.)—all good things, mind you—seem to be best suited for people who are introverts (see this helpful article for more insights). Now, I understand that reflective practices are, by nature, quiet and personal. They are ways that we center our consciousness toward God in order to be present to […]
Holy Trinity Church Fourth Anniversary September 2013 My Presence will go with you… There is a memorable occasion in the forming of Israel into God’s people that God promised Moses: My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. (Ex. 33:14) Holy Trinity is also being shaped by God’s presence. He is the power that launched us. He sustained our lives together these first four years. He enabled us to carry each other in the challenges of church planting: risk, learning curves, hard work and financial challenges; as well as sickness, hardship, heartache and loss. But his presence also enabled new friendships, forgiveness of one another, serving one another, learning to worship together as followers of Jesus […]