Spiritual Formation

by: 
James Choung

When I talk with older, seemingly wiser people, I usually get around to asking two main questions. First, do they have any advice for someone like me? And second, do they have any regrets in life?

by: 
Tom Allen

“What are you doing, Tom?” I was ten years old and my mother had every reason to be curious. She had found her son sprawled across his bed in the middle of summer — reading the Bible.

by: 
Bobby Gross

My phone sometimes needs to reboot — and so do I.

In my first blog post, I pointed out some of the dangers of “using” Scripture, especially in our Christian culture that highly values serious engagement with the Bible.

One of the hallmarks of Evangelical Christianity is our insistence on the magisterial authority of Scripture. But I have recently become aware of just how often we are eager to promote the “use” of Scripture in our engagement with the Bible. This can be dangerous.

“Evangelical Christian” is a loaded term these days. Common associations with these words conjure up descriptions like judgmental, homophobic, intolerant, conformist, anti-intellectual, and hypocritical.

It is summer and you may be dreaming of a break — hitting the beach, working on a tan, or watching a few extra movies. But summertime also provides natural opportunities to grow in evangelism. Here are a few ways to do this.

Katie applied to only one prestigious graduate program because she was told in a casual conversation by the Dean that she would be admitted. But when the committee decided on her application, she was denied admission. She was crushed. “Why would God do this to me?” she cried. “What am I going to do now?”

When these curve balls of life come at us, we often ask “Why?”

by: 
Jason Jensen

In my senior year of college, I had a memorable God moment. Some friends and I were up late one night planning our post-graduation trip. During the meeting my mentor, Greg, came in. He listened to our conversation and inserted helpful questions to guide us in a difficult decision about whether to challenge someone to grow, or allow that person to make a safe choice. We ended the meeting after midnight, satisfied with our hard work.

It was a sunny spring Saturday when I gathered with a group of six graduate students in a cozy living room to plan for the fall. The student leaders were all busy with end-of-semester responsibilities, but eager to see God continue the slow, steady growth in the chapter. Yet the all-consuming demands of grad school nearly sank our NSO plans — until the Holy Spirit did something remarkable over the summer.

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