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Justice and the Inner Life

In October of 2004, I gave each of my colleagues at International Justice Mission two gifts: a blank leather journal with the words “8:30 Stillness” embossed on the cover and Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton. As an organization, we were experiencing incredible growth on a global scale. We were bringing rescue to…

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Transformation Before My Eyes

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“See, I am doing a new deed, even now it comes to light; can you not see it?”  (Isaiah 43:19, The Jerusalem Bible) As a former long-term pastor of a congregation, I had the honor of witnessing occasional spiritual transformation in the lives of congregants.  Generally, the changes were more gradual than sudden, more subtle than…

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Spiritual Direction with Pastoral and Corporate Leaders

“A spiritual director is one who helps another to recognize and to follow the inspirations of grace in his life, in order to arrive at the end to which God is leading him.” —Thomas Merton    It was almost twenty years ago now when, as a young leader, I crept into a spiritual director’s office…

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Transforming Center website nominated for Best Marketing in Wheaton Chamber’s Gamon Awards

We are proud to announce that the Transforming Center website has been nominated for Best Marketing in Wheaton Chamber’s Gamon Awards. You can find our listing and the voting ballot by visiting: http://www.wheatonchamber.com/pages/GamonAwards20121 Scroll down to find the Best of Wheaton 2012 Gamon Awards Voting Ballot. Look for Nathan Lewis Best Marketing of the Year…

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The Fruit of Active Waiting

Dear Friend of the Transforming Center, Greetings to you this Advent season! During Advent we practice the spiritual discipline of waiting—waiting for the coming of Christ not only in the ancient world of the Biblical story, but in our own lives now. We become aware of those places where we long to experience Christ’s presence…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Strength of Soul

“Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God.” Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the things that disturbs me most about the way we talk about spirituality and related themes in evangelical circles today is the way we often create false dichotomies between being and doing, prayer and…

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What We Believe About Spiritual Transformation

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A Biblical and Theological Perspective Following is a brief summary of the core beliefs that form the foundation of our approach to spiritual transformation (spiritual formation). Christ Formed in Us. Spiritual transformation is the process by which Christ is formed in us …for the glory of God, for the abundance of our own lives, and…

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Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

I remember the first time I noticed that some people arrange their lives to see sunsets.  It was summertime in the Gulf of Florida when the days were hot and the nights were balmy.  During the day, crowds of people were lying in the sun and playing noisily on the beach, but in the early…

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A Powerful Model for Leadership Transformation: A Two-Year Experience of Spiritual Formation for Leaders

Wheaton, IL–First there were 12. Then 25, then 38—and now 70. Those numbers testify to the quiet-but-steady growth of a spiritual transformation movement specifically designed for those who serve in demanding roles as pastors, spiritual leaders, and business leaders. The initial group of 12—the first Transforming Community TM—was formed in 2002. They gathered for eight…

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Make a Joyful Silence

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Psalm 138:3 Long ago, a wise spiritual director said to me, “Ruth, you are like a jar of river water all shaken up. What you need is to sit still long enough so that the sediment can settle and the water…

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