Publication of Volume 1, Issue 1
A consistent thread running through the first issue of Discernment is the changing shape of spiritual formation in contemporary churches. Curtis Barbarick demonstrates that preaching can remain relevant to spiritual formation, especially when those efforts are intentional and actively involve congregants. Working from the biblical text, Stephen Shaffer argues that spiritual formation happens among the body of Christ corporately and not individually; he then describes a responsible approach for that formation. Wes Horn reminds readers that the liturgical Christian calendar is spiritually formative in its practice; he then demonstrates how congregations not used to such a rhythm of life can learn the practice and benefit from it. The journal begins with an editorial by Ron Bruner explaining the mission and purpose of Discernment.