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This week I was a guest at Barclay College, and had the opportunity to speak to the student body twice in chapel and once as part of Dave Kingrey's Systematic Theology class. April 5-7 has marked Barclay's Spiritual Formation Conference, centered on the theme, "It's all Good." Jimmy Taylor spoke this morning in chapel, focusing on "The Good and Beautiful Community." I had an incredible visit to Haviland, Kansas, which is a small prairie town along Highway 54 west of Wichita. Dave Williams, the college chaplain, received me very graciously, introduced me to a broad range of people, and made sure my experience was in line with the best of Christian hospitality. I connected with a few students via Twitter, who were quick to make fun of me as soon as I revealed my handle, and I had numerous other good conversations with students on campus as well.
You can listen to my talks either via a live stream at the Barclay Chapel website (direct link: April 5, April 6 - had trouble accessing these on my Mac, worked fine with my PC), or via the links for download below (right-click and select "Download Linked File As..." to obtain the file).
Thanks to those at Barclay for hosting me graciously. I pray that the student body and the faculty was blessed as I was.
I work with a great team of people who want people to follow Jesus. A great deal of the vision and the groundwork for our group is a credit to Jim Smith. Jim has written three books that have been released over the last year plus that many people have found to be very powerful. I'd encourage you to check them out.
- The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows (The Apprentice Series)
- The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ (The Apprentice Series)
- The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love (The Apprentice)
Just this week a friend of mine posted an awesome testimonial on her Twitter feed.
If you'd like to learn more about spiritual formation and what we're trying to accomplish with The Apprentice Series, visit the website. If you'd like to partner with us, and with the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University, click on the link. There are many ways churches could partner with our team to learn more about Apprentice and to introduce this vision for following Jesus within the context of different ministries.
If you've been on the internet the past few weeks, or turned on the TV, you have probably become remotely aware of a small dust-up concerning a book by Rob Bell called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. It's been a rather small conflict. You know, your run-of-the-mill-Rob-Bell-is-an-uber-liberal-heretic-pastor-leading-us-all-down-a-path-to-a-hell-that-doesn't-exist kind of quarrel.
I happen to think the discussion is a serious one, however, and Christianity Today had a solid blog piece chronicling different facets of the conversation. If you haven't heard much about this controversy, that post is a good place to begin.
In response to the intense debate, I did find moments of humor. Here's one: my friend Jeff Parker announced on Twitter that he had touched Rob Bell's book, but hadn't read it.
That led me to create this website.
And I thought it was funny.
I'm glad to announce that this coming September the Aprentis Institute at Friends University will be hosting a conference on spiritual formation in conjunction with Renovaré and IVP. I'm inviting you to come along.
You can find out more about the event at this website. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. If you'll be there, let me know via a comment, or via Twitter. I always look forward to meeting new people, hearing new stories, and discovering new ways that God is at work in the world.