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May 26, 2011

Spiritualish is the title of our current worship series at Heartland Worship Center.  You can check out this series along with many archived sermons at

The purpose of this series is to articulate true Christian spirituality especially as it is articulated in Christ’s preparation of his disciples to continue to cultivate a relationship with Him in His physical absence.  Our text is John 13-17.  We are convinced that biblical illiteracy has led to a “quasi-spiritual” culture even in the church that often follows cultural myths and wife’s tales more than it follows the instruction of Christ. 

With that in mind, I was reading Eugene Peterson’s “Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places” this morning and he articulates 4 aspects, often occurring in sequence, of spiritual drifting from the true heart of Christian spiritual practice and cultivation.  I list them below.

(1) An elitist posture develops and we begins to build pride and a sense of superiority due to our spirituality and the lack of spirituality by others.

(2) Spirituality wanders from its basic spiritual text, the Bible, and embraces self-help.

(3)  Spirituality is diluted by cultural “spiritual” norms and myths leaving spirituality emptied of gospel distinctives. 

(4)  Spirituality then becomes isolated from God Himself including the invitations from God to live out the “vast landscape” in which we live the Christian life. 


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