The Pastor & Spiritual Formation Cohort
Hi, guys. This is Mike Cosper from Sojourn Network and I'm really excited to announce the launch of our Fall cohort, The Pastor and Spiritual Formation. What we're after in this is not just another conversation about "What are the disciplines," or "What's the theology of the disciplines?" We're really after trying to move from concept to practice, from a deep sense of integration, and really a deep sense of congruency in our lives between things we believe, the things we do, and the ways we think and feel and act about them. So it's truly a time where I think we're gonna be able to have some deep reflection together and some deep conversations about what it means to be reformed and transformed into the image of Christ.
The latest issue of Southern Seminary’s The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry just released. Andy Naselli's contribution is, “Training Children for Their Good,” and it addresses parental discipline. This is a lightly edited manuscript from a sermon he preached on June 3, 2012. Click for the outline.
Operating at an exponentially higher level is exactly what you need to do better and be successful in your endeavors. But everything starts with a decision to aim higher than usual. Only those with the right mindset, attitude and skill can take advantage of the enormous human potential. You can’t achieve extraordinary results with an ordinary mindset.
What’s the key to responding when the world around you no longer shares your value system, pays much attention to you, or thinks you add anything to the cultural mix? I see at least five approaches emerging, some that are helpful and some that aren’t.
Solitude is not only a state of mind essential to the development of an individual’s consciousness – and conscience – but also a practice that prepares one for participation in social and political life. Before we can keep company with others, we must learn to keep company with ourselves.