Spiritual Formation

What Happens After We Pray?

We’re pretty good at praying in our campus ministry: we have prayer requests at our weekly worship, many of us pray before meals, we have prayer group each Tuesday night.  For goodness sake, this year, we even have a group…

Intro to Spiritual Formation section

I’m not particularly proud of it, but like millions of others I’ve been sucked in to American Idol. I have to say that I’m impressed by the lengths people go, both geographically and emotionally, for a chance to fulfill a dream. At…

Turning It Just Right: The Aim of Doctrine in Practice

Finding the integration between doctrine and practice in the Christian life is very much like one of those marble maze games.  In order to get the marble to fall into the right slot and work through the maze, one has…

Poetry: Experiencing the Umph of the Bible

By Allison Frase I didn’t like poetry until the third day of my freshman second semester. I was in a poetry class, which I had decided to dislike because we spent the whole first day talking about the philosophy of…

Parties as a Spiritual Discipline?

If you’re like me, you find yourself overwhelmed and busy at the end of the semester. The to-do list continues growing longer and the time available to get everything accomplished shrinks twice as fast. I find myself cutting out the…

Letting the Scripture Read You: Lectio Divina

One of the ways I’ve been trying to help my students live biblical truth is asking them to shift their focus from the practice of Bible reading to the experience of the reading Bible. Instead of approaching the Bible like…

Going Deep

I’m sitting in my office thumbing through a copy of Rod Handley’s book, Character Counts: A Guide for Accountability Groups. I’m guessing many of you know it. It’s popular in Fellowship of Christian Athletes circles. I like the book. It…

The Walk

By Julie Robertson A Journey in Formation Almost a year ago, the students at the Auburn Wesley Foundation decided to walk home to Birmingham for Christmas Break. Frustrated with rising gas prices, they joked that they should walk home for…

New Habits Hardly Live

They say, “Old habits die hard.”  Well, that may be true for your golf swing or biting your fingernails, but I haven’t found it to be true for spiritual habits.  Perhaps I’m alone in my struggle, but I find that…

My Journey to Being a Campus Minister

By D. Merricks D. begins a series of articles reflecting on his first year in campus ministry. My wife and I have a small obsession. When we were in college, we both read The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen.…