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Spiritual Formation

Evagrius and Norris on Acedia

Kathleen Norris explains Evagrius Ponticus's definition of the worst temptation of a monk - and the modern Western Christian

J.I. Packer on True Holiness

Packer gives the signs of true and false holiness.

Scaling Spiritual Formation

Four principles for scaling spiritual formation to reach an entire congregation, denomination or mission agency.

A Method of Spiritual Formation

A practical method to integrate the spiritual disciplines into your life.

The Means of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual growth must have a clear means, or there is no way to move towards it.

The Marks of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual growth must have a goal or risk lurching in random directions. I like Glen Scorgie's model of spiritual growth as relational, transformational, and vocational growth.

Wallis on the Distinctive Features of Revival

Arthur Wallis describes what genuine revivals looks like using Acts 2 as a template

Lovelace on the Precursors of Revival

Richard Lovelace describes what people wake up to in revival

The boundaries of spiritual disciplines

Can you do too much of the spiritual disciplines?

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