Posts in Spiritual Formation

What is the Most Valuable Thing from Your Talbot Experience that Impacts How You Do Ministry Now?

Jan. 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss how their Talbot education now impacts their ministry today in valuable ways.

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Why is a Seminary Education Valuable for Equipping Pastors to Face Today's Ministry Challenges?

Jan. 22, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss why a seminary education is so valuable for ministry today.

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The Difference of One Word

By John McKinley Jan. 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The Christian belief system is consistent and coherent. This shows in the way that adjustments in one concept of the system often require modifications in other aspects. Increased clarity about one topic elucidates other topics. The interdependence of my beliefs was again displayed when I came across a common mistranslation of a single word in Luke’s gospel. Once I had been persuaded that the prevailing translation was misleading, I experienced shifts in the ways I view and relate to God, and how I pray and think about God’s involvement in daily life. These implications of a single word have been strong reverberations that I am grateful to experience ...

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What Can the Church Do to Better Engage and Love Their Cities and Communities?

Jan. 19, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss how local churches can better engage and love their communities.

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What Are Some of the Unique Challenges of Doing Ministry in Southern California?

Jan. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss the unique challenges of ministry in this region.

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Identity with Christ: Spiritual Formation Assignment, Part 3

By Charlie Trimm Dec. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Spiritual Formation

The idea of our identity with Christ is an important topic in my class on spiritual formation. We spend several class sessions looking at Colossians 3:1-17 from a variety of angles and often return to thinking about how our identity with Christ is foundational for our spiritual life and maturity (the students also memorize Colossians 3:1-17 over the course of the semester). The capstone to this section of the class is an assignment helping the students to reflect on their own identity. Here are the instructions ...

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What Are You Waiting For?

By Joy Mosbarger Dec. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The season of Advent is one in which the Church anticipates, prepares for, and celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ into our midst. As I thought about waiting expectantly for the presence of Jesus, I started wondering what exactly I am waiting for. What is it I expect from his coming? Am I waiting for him to come and fix my circumstances or get me out of a tight place? Do I just want him to ease my suffering and pain, to bring comfort and solace?

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