Faith, Spirit, or Life

The word-smithing of taglines

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I am happy to say that I successfully defended my dissertation this week, so I have officially earned a doctorate. It was a labor of love, though, and was the foundation behind this website. It is hard to believe that it is over!

As a part of the oral defense, my lead mentor challenged my thinking on usage of the term “faith formation” or “spiritual formation.” In his words, they are a bit blah and don’t fully express the idea of the transformation that Jesus intends to bring to our lives. He suggested the idea of using a term like “life formation” to describe Christ’s work of transformation, because Jesus came to make us more human… more of what we were originally intended to be.

At first, his suggestion rang odd, but the more I think about it, the more I think he may be right. Jesus didn’t just come to redeem and revolutionize our spirit or faith, he came to give us LIFE… and give us life abundantly!

So, perhaps, I will consider transitioning to utilizing “life formation” more than “faith formation” or “spiritual formation.”

If you have read this far, then what say ye?

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Kevin holds a Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics and Future Studies from Portland Seminary, where his work on Early Church spiritual formation passed with the rare honor of exemplary distinction. He is also a graduate of Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary, holding degrees in Biblical Studies, Visual Communications, and Church Educational Leadership. Kevin has served on ministry staffs in some of the largest churches across the United States and is currently the Senior Minister of JupiterFIRST Church in Jupiter, Florida. His most important role, though, is husband to Sally and dad to four of Generation Z’s youngest members: Libbie, Lucy, Harris, and Matthew.