Category Archives: Centre for Spiritual Formation

The Church Moves into the Neighbourhood – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of a three part series on incarnation. In Part 1 I shared a reflection about the importance of having eyes to see the theological and philosophical constructs of our culture. In Part 2 I talk about Brueggemann’s work, Prophetic Imagination, and how a second element for incarnational witness is the embrace...

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The Church Moves into the Neighbourhood – Part 1

The following is part one of a three part series of posts on the incarnation. It is a small paper I completed for a class in Spiritual Formation. I welcome your questions and feedback on these thoughts. As the total paper is a short 7.5 pages, it was difficult to formulate detailed arguments. As such,...

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On the Journey Towards Being Vulnerable

The following is a weekly reflection sent by the Henri Nouwen Society to my email. In addition to daily quotes from Nouwen’s work, Bread for the Journey, (see my posts here) members of the Nouwen Society contribute to weekly reflections (Subscribe). This week, Steve Imbach’s contribution is a valuable one for those willing to engage...

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Loving a Neighbourhood: Chronicles of Incarnation Part 1

Consider this the beginning of the first “post series” at Toward Hope. I’ve decided to do this in conjunction with a project for the Centre for Spiritual Formation that focuses on working with our local church leadership team and mission groups to cultivate an attitude of discernment for the purpose of deeper missional engagement. So,...

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Listening into Action…

These days much thought has been given to the important role of listening within the church. In large part, the popularity of Spiritual Formation has something to do with this. There seems to be a peaked interest in rediscovering the ancient rhythms of solitude, silence, and prayer. This is understandable considering we live in a...

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The day the Lord spoke…

Today sure feels like one of those. I was impacted by numerous things in my daily tasks. This post will take the shape of a bit f reflection, some blog links, a picture and some quotes, as those are all the things that have stirred something in my heart today. I am not sure whether...

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busy writing…

I have been busy the last couple of days formulating a proposal for a Spiritual Formation engagement in our congregation. This has kept me from posting as much as I like. The engagement I am working on is a practice in discernment through the prayer of Examen to help our mission groups walk in closer...

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Thursday, Bonhoeffer and Spiritual Direction

It’s Thursday (my Friday) and I sit in the lounge space at Regent College awaiting a meeting with a potential Spiritual Director. More on that below. I had the rare opportunity to drive into work today, so I took the time to listen to yet another one of Krista Tippett’s podcasts from Speaking of Faith....

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 8

Monday was filled with the anticipation of re-engaging the familiar. We were all missing our families and the thought of holding my wife and kids made it difficult to remain focused on the time together in the morning. The fact that I could not sleep well the night before did not help the matter. I...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 7

[NOTE: I have uploaded a bunch of pictures from the Spiritual Formation retreat as well as created a category on the left. Just click on the picture on the side bar and it'll take you to the photo album or click on the Centre for Spiritual Formation link under the categories section to get to...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 6

Day six (Saturday) was the day we all looked forward to. It was time to make our way outward and visit with Tim Dickau from Grandview Calvary Baptist Church on the East Side of Vancouver. We gathered after morning prayers and breakfast and began the trek toward the bus station. After the bus ride, we...

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Nouwen Series on the Cup of Life

I just posted a short, four part series on the Cup of Life by Henri Nouwen. Please read them in the following order to benefit from the continuity and stream of thought. The Cup of Life Holding the Cup Lifting the Cup Drinking the Cup May the thoughts of Nouwen stir in you a vivid...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 5

Friday marked our last morning at Rivendell. Our prayers were wonderfully led by Tim K. He took us through a meditation on The Lord’s Prayer. It is interesting to note that we often glibly say that prayer and do not consider the implications of praying that most antithetical prayer to everything selfish about us. After...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 4

Thursday began with morning prayers as usual. Colleen led us through an almost Lectio Divina exercise on the Prayer of St. Patrick. It was quite profound to meditate on the words…"I arise today in God’s mighty strength, in the power of the three-ness". A real sense of God’s presence was felt as we took time...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 3

Today marked the beginning of an adventure in discernment and desire. We spent the class time with Andrea Kastner, a retreat leader who has devoted her life to prayer, gardening, and spiritual direction. The first half of the day dealt with attitudes of discernment and we explored the broad nature of discernment as way of...

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