Tag Archives: spiritual formation

Book | To Know As We Are Known by Parker Palmer

ENIMAGE1350390340111Palmer, Parker J. To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey. 1st HarperCollins pbk ed. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.

The Author

Parker J. Palmer (born 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.

Parker-PalmerPalmer served for fifteen years as Senior Associate of the now defunct American Association of Higher Education. He is the founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which oversees the “Courage to Teach” program for K-12 educators across the country and parallel programs for people in other professions, including medicine, law, ministry and philanthropy.[1] read more

Paper | Spiritual Formation and the Trinity – Spring 2012

Spiritual Formation and the Trinity  by Steve Thomason

 A Term Paper  Presented to Professor Gary Simpson

Luther Seminary

 As a Requirement in Course CL8950 Trinity and Mission

 St. Paul, Minnesota, 2012


This paper will explore how the doctrine of the Trinity informs the topic of spiritual formation in the missional church that finds itself in the increasingly global, pluralistic, late/post-modern era. I will pursue this exploration in four movements. First, I will establish preliminary definitions of the aforementioned terms in reverse order: missional church, spiritual formation, and Trinity. Second, I will briefly discuss the history of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Western church and demonstrate how this history has impacted the understanding of spiritual formation and has created a seeming dichotomy between the idea of spiritual formation as the inner journey and as communal action. Third, I will discuss how this dichotomy can be traced back to Augustine and how a reinvestigation of Augustine’s theology may lead to a helpful constructive move. Fourth, I will present a biblical image for spiritual formation in the missional church by attending to the upper room discourse in John 13-17. read more

Book | Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard

RenovationOfTheHeartRenovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard

I must confess my bias and internal struggle before I begin a review of this book. God used this book to move me from the mega-church experience to the house church experience in 2002. I have been deeply influenced by the writing of Dallas Willard for many years. Now, on this side of my journey through Emergent theology, Lutheran theology, and the PhD studies, I revisit this book, and Willard’s theology, with different lenses and from a different perspective. I still deeply respect it, but I also see that it: read more

Sketches of Spiritual Formation

This sketch depicts the problem with traditional Western imagination regarding the God/human relationship. It is based upon Platonic dualism and Aristotelian ideas of actualization. God is perfect and the gap between God’s perfect agency and humanity’s imperfect (fallen) patiency needs to be mended. The gap is closed through the atonement, thus providing the means of grace. Various spiritualities emphasized whose agency is responsible for the ascent of the human subject (I) up the ladder to increasing levels of actualization. This is an individualistic endeavor with an end goal of total abandonment of physical place.
This shows a more polycentric, trinitarian, non-linear portrayal of spiritual formation. The triune God creates all things out of God’s essence (relational ontology) and continually draws all things into deeper love-of-the-other. The incarnation is necessary in order to ground God’s love in the necessity of particularity for the demonstration of complete other-oriented love. The Spirit indwells all things and draws all things to deeper knowing of the incarnation and the source, and is the power that allows each “Me” to lovingly participate and be formed in the “we.”
This is a really rough sketch in which I'm trying to place four different matrixes to see if there is any correlation. I'm not sure if this will go anywhere.
This is a really rough sketch in which I’m trying to place four different matrixes to see if there is any correlation. I’m not sure if this will go anywhere.