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    A Novels Spiritual Discipline: Literature and the Renewal of the Mind.Christopher E. Franklin - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (2):205-223.
    We know from experience that a stable feature of the human predicament is internal alienation: our various psychic states are often in conflict with one another. We are divided selves. In this paper, I delineate the nature and argue for the importance of a spiritual discipline of reading literature as a way of addressing this division. My argument comes in two stages. First, I offer a diagnosis of why we fail to be wholehearted that develops Aristotle’s idea that a fundamental (...)
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  2. Response to Wilhoit’s Review of Kapic’s You’re Only Human.Kelly M. Kapic - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (2):289-291.
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  3. Jesus Also Died For Our Corrupted Shame.Edmund Ng - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (2):269-282.
    A number of theological writers have averred that principally our Lord Jesus Christ came to die not only for our sin but also for our shame. After establishing the case for this by highlighting the honor-shame significance of the cross through both theological and psychological theory and research, this article further argues that Jesus did not die for our natural and healthy shame but for our corrupted shame. The paper then concludes by explaining from the theological, humanity, and missional perspectives, (...)
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  4. The “Love-Tokens” of God: Richard Baxter on Cultivating Love of God through Earthly Pleasures.David Setran - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (2):249-268.
    In his later years, Puritan pastor Richard Baxter developed a perspective on spiritual formation that highlighted the centrality of the love of God. Interestingly, Baxter emphasized the ways in which a delight in earthly pleasures—such as nature, relationships, and food—could help Christians cultivate the love of God. He viewed these pleasures as “love-tokens” from God, sent in order to help human beings see his goodness and expand their love for the giver of these gifts. While he recognized the potential of (...)
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    Seculum Est Speculum: Isaac Watts And Recovering the Use of Nature in Spiritual Formation.Britt Stokes - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (2):224-248.
    The link between nature and the spiritual life has been a mainstay in Christianity going back to the beginning of Scripture. However, our modern context has veered toward a humancentric emphasis in the use of nature for spiritual purposes. This article seeks to recover a framework for connecting nature and the spiritual life by analyzing and applying the writings of the hymn-writer Isaac Watts. Influenced by the English Puritans and the eighteenth-century English naturalists, Watts leverages the empirical and the spiritual (...)
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  6. A Review of Kelly M. Kapic’s You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design And Why That’s Good News. [REVIEW]James C. Wilhoit - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (2):283-288.
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    Assessing Character in Mentored, Contextual Learning.Debra R. Anderson & Nathan H. Scherrer - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):115-134.
    This article is concerned with the complex role of assessment in the character development of graduate students in seminary education. It presents the current curricular approach of Denver Seminary to mentored, contextual formation and the variety of assessment strategies that support the growth of individual students and a culture of integrated learning in the institution. Rather than directing assessment strategies on individual character qualities, we argue for the efficacy of assessing the enabling conditions for character growth expressed in the andragogic (...)
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    Bonhoeffer’s Account of the Conscience and How it Can Inform Formation Today.Benjamin J. Burkholder - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):70-91.
    In contemporary discourse, different conceptions of the conscience abound. Aquinas and Calvin had similar yet distinct accounts of the conscience and its role in Christian ethical formation. Upon close inspection, both struggle to account fully and consistently for the effects of the fall and its impact on human reason. In response to some of the weaknesses observed in these accounts, Bonhoeffer’s reflections on the conscience offer a more helpful way forward that accounts for the Fall’s effects on human rationality. In (...)
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  9. Touched by Love: Spiritual Experience in Chinese Christian Conversion Narratives.Nicholas Hsieh, Alexander Chow, Kate Scorgie & Glen G. Scorgie - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):44-69.
    Christianity has become the religion of choice for a growing number of diasporic Chinese. This qualitative study examines the conversion narratives of first-generation Chinese converts to evangelical Protestant Christianity, exploring in particular the spiritual experiences that encouraged or confirmed their resolve to become Christians. Utilizing the method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, twenty English-speaking participants were interviewed, mostly immigrants to the United States or the United Kingdom from China, including Hong Kong, or from Taiwan. The converts to Christianity in this study (...)
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  10. Response #1. [REVIEW]Matt Jenson - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):137-143.
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  11. Response #2. [REVIEW]Joanna Leidenhag - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):143-152.
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  12. “Leading to God’s Deepening Life”: Considerations of Saint Ignatius of Loyola as Spiritual Guide for Ongoing Transformation in Christ.Catherine Looker - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):6-29.
    This article seeks to explore the spiritual guidance of Saint Ignatius of Loyola as a worthy spiritual guide for our time as we consider some ways that we might seek to more clearly understand and authentically live out the call of Christ in our life journey. In this context of considering the work of Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises as a viable tool for such interior conversion, it is necessary for the work of this article to take a closer look at some (...)
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  13. Grazing and Gazing: Meditation and Contemplation in Puritan Spirituality.J. A. Medders - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):30-43.
    In the grammar of Christian spirituality, meditation and contemplation are often seen as synonyms. Is there a difference? This paper traces out the origin of contemplation, locating the practice of contemplation in Lectio Divina, reformed spirituality, and the experimental piety of the Puritans. This paper shows the differences in meditation and contemplation, and how they cooperate in the spirituality of those whose faith is seeking understanding. The clarification and retrieval of contemplation in evangelical spirituality is well served by attending to (...)
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    Michel Henry and the Prospect of a Christian Spiritual Inactivism.Steven Nemes - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):92-114.
    Christian spirituality is often “activist.” It consists in the performance of various actions through which a faithful person attempts to secure the presence of God. The argument of the present essay is that spiritual “activism” cannot actually accomplish this goal. For this reason, it is necessary to seek a foundation for all spiritual activism in spiritual “inactivism.” This means that all Christian spiritual activity must be reconceived as a response to and celebration of a prior presence of God that comes (...)
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  15. Response #3. [REVIEW]Lucy Peppiatt - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):152-158.
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    Mentally Healthy and Healing Church: Spiritual Formation and Soul Care as Ecclesiology.Steven L. Porter - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):3-5.
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    Review #4. [REVIEW]Adonis Vidu - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):158-163.
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  18. The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience. [REVIEW]Simeon Zahl - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):135-137.
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  19. Affective Augustinianism in the Wild: An Appreciation and a Response. [REVIEW]Simeon Zahl - 2022 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 15 (1):164-170.
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