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Nathan Foster: The Spiritual Disciplines and Business

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Nathan Foster is an associate professor and Andrews Chair in Spiritual Formation at Spring Arbor University. He also writes a monthly essay and hosts a podcast for Renovaré, and speaks frequently nationally and internationally. He is the author of The Making of An Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines (2014) and Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet (2010).

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. The spiritual disciplines shape our character, so that we are able to respond more and more like Christ. `when temptations, challenges and interruptions present themselves in our lives.
  2.  The spiritual disciplines have to do more with grace, than they have to do with performance. God enables us to do what we cannot do on our own.
  3.  The internal transformation of these spiritual practices overflow into our professional lives. Wherever we go, there we are. As our character changes, the way we treat our employees, co-workers and clients changes as well.

Some questions I ask:

  • What are the spiritual disciplines exactly? (6:13)
  • How have you seen the spiritual disciplines form your father, Richard J. Foster? (20:38)

 

Sneak Peak of More:

  • Simplicity, Anxiety and Self-Awareness (8:23)
  • Athletes, Musicians and the Spiritual Disciplines (10:46)
  • Breaking Down the Wall Between the “Sacred” and the “Secular” (14:30)
  • The Invitation to Stillness (22:50)

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