Posts Tagged "spiritual audit"

Questions for the New Year: Two Prompts from Genesis 16

Posted by on Dec 29, 2021 in Blog | 2 comments

Photo by Zane Lindsay on Pexels.com Genesis 16 is one of the more troubling passages in the Hebrew Bible, dealing as it does with Abram and Sarai’s initial attempt to deal with their childlessness by having a child through Sarai’s servant, Hagar. Though the plan originates with Sarai, when she sees that Hagar is pregnant she feels very differently about it, a reminder that there is usually a significant gap between theory and practice in all matters of the heart. This is not Sarai or Abram at their finest – Abram giving his consent for Sarai to abuse Hagar so horribly that...

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Conducting a Spiritual Audit: A First Fifteen of Questions…

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog | 14 comments

Have you ever asked, “so how do you measure spiritual growth?” Sermon after sermon challenges us to commit to grow spiritually, or to become more like Jesus, but how do we know if we are getting there? Are there any signs we can spot that reassure us that we are heading in the right direction? Back in 1998 Fred Smith wrote a wonderfully insightful and oft quoted article on conducting a spiritual audit. In it he poses 12 questions we should ask. It is┬áprobably because I am writing this as rugby world cup fever heats up, and with the three countries I have the closest links to...

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