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Review of Networked Theology: Negotiating faith in digital culture

 

Heidi A. Campbell is associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University. Stephen Garner is head of school in the School of Theology at Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand. This book, one in a series by Baker Academics in Engaging Culture, edited by William A. Dyrness and Robert K. Johnson, is an attempt to discover how religion, specifically Christianity interacts with the New Media.

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A Spiritual Tune-up

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Vocational Holiness and Marketplace Spiritual Formation

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some excellent research papers

Why is spiritual formation necessary for a new believer?

Spiritual Formation in the context of an Asian family

Study on the Renewal Lutheran Church’s Approach to Christian Spiritual Formation

An examination of the topic of Group Spiritual Direction and key spiritual disciplines using Alice Fryling’s “Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction” as a basis

Bivocationalism and the Priesthood of all believers

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What is your temperature? A spiritual thermometer

 

Wang Ming Tao, a famous Chinese Christian taught us to always check our life with a spiritual thermometer so that we will be spiritually healthy when the Lord comes.

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Conversation with my Grandson on Wishes

 

If you have only three wishes for your grandson, what will you wish for?

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Biomedical Ethical Challenges for the Contemporary Church

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My Adventures in Writing

Writing is hard and gruelling work. It is incubated amidst blood, sweat, and tears.  No, these aren’t the ink I write with. I just want to express that it not just physically challenging, but mentally too.  The thought of all the work frightens me, as it involves transferring all those ideas that I carry with me in my mind, into words. Ideas brew and form, and run ahead of writing—writing about them is akin to playing ‘catch up’. Such imagery is enough to make me feel breathless. Writing, especially in an authentic voice, makes me exceptionally vulnerable, as my inner thoughts and aspirations are made bare to the world. Such glaring spotlight is not easy on me—an extreme introvert.

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A Son's Ode to His Father

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Movie Review Logan

Hugh Jackman set a new record of playing the Wolverine in 9 movies. This the record for a single actor to play a single role for so long. Alas, it seems the record is going to stop here. But then in Hollywood, one can never say ‘ never again’. Still, I still wish Hugh Jackman is shorter and hairier because that is how I still visualise the Wolverine.

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Supper at Emmaus

 

 

A wonderful painting of the scene at Emmaus where the two travellers recognised Jesus as the Resurrected Christ (Luke 24:13-32) is a favourite theme of Rembrandt. He frequently returned to this scene in his sketches and paintings. This oil painting titled The Supper at Emmaus completed in 1648 during his so-called ‘mature’ years was in complete contrast with another painting one the same theme that was done during his ‘younger’ years.

 

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Redeeming Time

Text: Psalm 90:12

Sermon Statement:

Our lives are short and fleeting. Let us redeem our time on earth by resting, ceasing, feasting and embracing.

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Batman v Superman Movie Review

Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice (2016) opened with record box office earnings for Warner Bros. This much anticipated movie is linked with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013) which revealed a different perspective of Superman as compared to the generally more human one in the comics and other Superman movies. Snyder’s Superman is more alien than we are used to. This is the second installment of the DC Extended Universe and will pave the way for the entrance of Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and eventually the formation of the Justice League. There are many more superheroes movies to look forward to. Batman v Superman (BvS) follows the usual superhero movies with lots of fisticuffs, mayhem, collapsing buildings and loud explosions. There is close continuality with the classic original Batman and Superman stories before DC destroyed them with their continual reinvention of their heroes. One can see the hats off to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman by Doomsday storyline. Embedded in the movie are also numerous religious symbolism.

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Spiritual Formation Inventory

Spiritual formation inventory is a spiritual assessment tool to obtain a snapshot of our spiritual life at a certain moment in our spiritual journey. This tool will help us to discover what areas in our spiritual practices are strong and what the weaknesses are. For effective spiritual formation or spiritual growth, a balanced spiritual life and practices is essential. Too much emphasis on one aspect of our spiritual practices at the expense of others may lead to an unhealthy spirituality.

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The Peanuts Movie Review

 

 

The Peanuts Movie is the best-animated movie in 2015. Though the comic strips were written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz  from 1950-2000 and the America that is portrayed in the context no longer exist, the timelessness of children at play and of coming of age never become irrelevant. The animation rending using 3D texture, brought Peanuts into the Twenty-First Century, the aspiration, feelings and hopes of Charlie Brown and his bunch of friends not to mention his dog, Snoopy never feel dated.

 

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Hunger for Shalom

A Lent Meditation 2016

I feel like I am a jigsaw puzzle – partially assembled but with many pieces missing. There are pieces of me all over the place. Some pieces are lodged in my wife, children and grandchildren, friends, workplace, church, hobbies, and my social tribes. Other pieces are hidden deep inside my inner being. Some pieces are hidden so deep that I am unaware of them. All my life, I have felt a sense of incompleteness, fragmentation and longing. This longing is a siren call for completeness; for the jigsaw to be assembled; for every piece to be in its rightful place. Then I believe I can really know who I am from the picture on the jigsaw. I recognize this feeling as a hunger for shalom; for wholeness and completeness.

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The Proverbs Project

 

 

In this project, I try to match some of the photographs I have taken to verses from the Book of Proverbs. This forms part of the daily Scripture verses that is available on my Facebook page, Kairos Spiritual Formation. Hope you find it inspirational. It is free for download.

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Waiting for the Light: Mastery Inactivity

 

 

 

This is often what happens when we are hit with some catastrophes in our lives. In such situation, we are full of an urgency to act. An urgency to do something to get us out of the situation. Anything at all, even though the action may not be beneficial or at times may cause harm. An alternative option is to sit idly by and ride out the storm.

 

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The Busy and Hurried Soul

 

 

I have often be queried why I titled my book Spiritual Formation on the Run. It was suggested that it should include ‘…run away from the busy life’ or ‘...run to silence and solitude’. It puzzled me for a long time until it dawned on me that to many people, spiritual formation or spiritual growth is incompatible with being on the run or movement. To many, spiritual formation will only occurs when we are still and silent, like on a retreat in the mountains in the middle of nowhere.

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Oracle Voice from the Past

Delphi, the center of the world

Delphi is an interesting place to visit in Greece. It is famed for its Oracle and being the centre of the ancient Greek world.  There are numerous legends as to its origin. One is that of Apollo. Apollo when he was only an infant shot an arrow which killed Python “a dragon”. Python was the son of Gaia (mother earth or goddess). Apollo had to atone for this by suffering a period of menial labour. Python was guarding the navel of the world. The location was Delphi.

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The Biblical and Theological Foundations of Spiritual Formation

 

Christian spiritual formation is a process grounded on the biblical and theological concepts of restoration, relationship, and shalom. These key foundational concepts are as follows:

1.  Restoring the imago Dei

2.  Relationship with the triune God

3.  Shalom and the kingdom of God

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The Nature of Spiritual Formation

 

 

Writing to the Christians in Corinth about spiritual transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18), Paul notes that “we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” It is Paul’s intention to emphasize (1) that in spiritual transformation Christians (individuals and the Christian faith community) will be transformed into a likeness of Christ, (2) that this transformation is an ongoing process, (3) that it is Trinitarian, (4) that the Holy Spirit is involved in this transformation, and (5) that God’s glory is thereby restored.

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Join me in a continuing dialogue on everyday Christian spirituality, spiritual formation and transformation, spiritual direction, theology, Christian education, biomedical ethics, Star Trek, postmodern parenting and science fiction. I enjoy reading and watching movies.  I write and preach in churches, speak in conferences and lead retreats. My other vocation is as a paediatrician and a medical educator.

 

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