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Spiritual Formation

Rolheiser on Stages of Discipleship

Ronald Rolhesier describes the three phases of discipleship throughout our lives.

Character Competencies

Developing and assessing character is really hard for educators - but it is essential for theological education

Measuring Spiritual Formation

Measuring spiritual formation is notoriously difficult, but this article lays out some ideas for how to proceed.

Hallesby on Difficulties in Prayer

Ole Hallesby explains how we often make prayer harder than it has to be.

Peck on the Truth

Scott Peck explains some of the emotional heresies we need to repent of.

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.

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