Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

Celebrating the First American Saint Patrick’s Day

According to an article at the Christianity.com website, the first American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was held in 1737 and was sponsored by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. As you know, there have been a great many celebrations … Continue reading

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Celebrating Easter

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! This is the traditional Easter greeting heard throughout the world this day by Christians from many different traditions. If you would like to see the variety of Paschal greetings, the Orthodox Church in … Continue reading

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Good Friday meditations

Two meditations for Good Friday remembrance: “The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to … Continue reading

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Why the Ashes?

As Christian traditions vary, you may be curious as to the meaning behind the marked foreheads you’ll likely see today. Today is Ash Wednesday and it is given this name to reflect upon the importance of public penitance. Christians usually … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Scholars

This prayer was recently posted on the Intervarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries page (which I have highlighted in the past). The prayer is from St. Thomas Aquinas. I’m grateful to my friend Emily Griesinger for sending this along! Ineffable Creator, … Continue reading

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New Books: Denominational Studies, Church History, Spiritual Formation, Theology

BX9.5.P45 P46 2010. PENTECOSTALISM AND CHRISTIAN UNITY : ECUMENICAL DOCUMENTS AND CRITICAL  ASSESSMENTS EDITED BY WOLFGANG VONDEY. Pickwick Publications,  c2010. BX290 .A27 2003. ABBA : THE TRADITION OF ORTHODOXY IN THE WEST : FESTSCHRIFT FOR BISHOP KALLISTOS (WARE) OF DIOKLEIA … Continue reading

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Friday Book Recommendation: Devotional Classics

Foster, Richard J. and James Bryan Smith, eds. Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005 (Revised and expanded edition). The only surprising thing about this week’s recommendation, at least to me, is that I’m just now getting … Continue reading

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Friday Book Recommendation: 25 Books

Roller, Julia L., editor. 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics. Renovaré/HarperOne, 2011. I’m beginning to start reading my way through our new Faith Integration collection, to read the books I have yet to … Continue reading

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Web Resources: InterVarsity Scholars networks

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a ministry that you have likely heard of – perhaps as a student member in a campus Bible study, through the triennial Urbana conferences, or through their publishing house, InterVarsity Press, but my guess is that … Continue reading

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On Pondering Loss

I read many books, a professional preoccupation, I suppose. I have books I read in the daytime (the ones that require more thinking) and those I read before sleep (books on travel, gardens, quilts…things that I can readily resume without … Continue reading

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