Spiritual Formation


The Prayer of Examen is a spiritual practice of reviewing the day to retune ourselves to the sacred in ordinary life. Usually lasting 15–20 minutes and done in the evening, the prayer prompts us to remember God’s presence, express gratitude, reflect on the day, and prepare for the day to come.

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God-Gifted Interruptions | Ruth Padilla-DeBorst

Ruth Padilla-DeBorst encourages us to be open to witnessing the Spirit and being transformed by the good news in unexpected ways.

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To Dwell in God’s Presence | David Emmanuel Goatley

David Emmanuel Goatley preaches on the Lord as our light and salvation, in whose presence we can rest assured amidst the suffering and struggle in our life and in the world.

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A Promise of Restoration | Wendy Masias

Wendy Masias preaches about our seasons of uncertainty and waiting, learning to be joyful in every circumstance, and the promise of God’s coming restoration.

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Disorientation and Reorientation | Brad Strawn

Brad Strawn reflects on a psalm of lament and on how disorientation—in community and with God—is a crucial part of our journeys of faith and of our time in seminary in particular.

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The God of Peace | David Emmanuel Goatley

David Emmanuel Goatley encourages us to look to the things of God amidst the pervasive negativity that surrounds us, knowing that God’s peace guards our hearts and minds.

Mark Labberton

Holistic Formation

Mark Labberton explores how the church can walk alongside and into people’s lives for the purpose of holistic formation on a personal and societal level.

David Wang

Catalytic Ministry, Part Two

David Wang shares findings from his empirical longitudinal research on spiritual formation to highlight three observable indicators of spiritual maturity in adults—differentiation of self, intercultural competence, and religious quest.

Kristin Young

Capturing Light

After her son’s battle with pediatric brain cancer, Kristin Young (MDiv student) returns to seminary with a hunger to know God more deeply and a passion to help others discover hope as they walk through valleys.

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When Role Eats Soul: The Spiritual Needs of the Pastor’s Family

Cameron Lee, professor of marriage and family studies, writes about the effects of pastors’ stress on their children and about developing healthy practices for the good of the family.

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Leading from a Step Behind: How Children Minister to the Family

Alesia Starks, instructor in the practice of marriage and family therapy, shares lessons she’s learned from her children about Christlikeness, faith, and humility.

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An Economy of Mercy | Janna Louie

Janna Louie preaches a message of hope about the abundant mercy and compassion God offers.

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A New Way of Being | Erin Dufault-Hunter

Erin Dufault-Hunter preaches a message that reminds us that, in God’s kingdom, we are not only freed from something but freed into a new kind of life together.

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Responding to Those Who Are Knocking | Andrea Cammarota

Andrea Cammarota preaches about God’s call for us be active, responsive, and embodied doers of the word.

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Through the Unknown | Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee reflects on the beautiful dependence we have on God and on one another as we live through life’s mysteries and unknowns.

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The Good News | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, in his final chapel as Fuller’s president, preaches about the extraordinary surprise of the gospel, the hopeful truth that Jesus saves us, and the role we have as credible witnesses to this good news.

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A Moral Transformation | N. T. Wright

N. T. Wright discusses the importance of practice and discipline in the development of Christian virtues.

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What Soil Will We Be? | Kevin Doi

Kevin Doi, preaching on the Parable of the Sower from Mark’s Gospel, has us consider what we will do with the grace God has given us.

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The Kingdom of God is like a Seed | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton preaches on the parable of the mustard seed, emphasizing our need to tend to and nurture this seed so that it might grow and manifest the reality of the kingdom.

Tony Hale and Shannon Sigler

Tony Hale on Spiritual Practices

Tony Hale discusses spiritual practices that can ground artists in safety through difficult creative processes.

Rebecca Baer

Response | Forms of Gratitude and Joy

Rebecca Baer, drawing parallels from her research on joy, reflects on both distorted and positive forms of gratitude.

Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons on Gratitude to God and Shaping Identity


Robert Emmons discusses gratitude in spiritual contexts and how gratitude directed toward God can be formative to who we are.