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JOURNAL for Spiritual Location.final

JOURNAL for Spiritual Location.final

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Published by: Metropolitan Community Churches on May 18, 2010
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JOURNALIf you were going to describe the state of your spiritual life rightnow using one of the following song titles, which would you chooseand why?Bless the Broken RoadI Saw God TodayMy Head Hurts, My Feet Stink,and I Don’t Love JesusI Been Roped and Thrown by Jesus in the Holy Ghost Just Got Stated LovinYouSo SmallI Don’t Know Whether to KillMyself or Go BowlingI’m the Only Hell Momma EverRaisedAll-American GirlBack When I Knew it AllIt Aint No CrimeAnother TryReady, Set, Dont GoSomething Inside So StrongWhat Hurts the MostBless the Broken RoadThe Last Word in Lonesome is MeFeels Like Home You Can’t Roller Skate in aBuffalo HerdI Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About YouI’m just a Bug on the Windshieldof LifeI Love Were Oil, I’d Be a QuartLowOther: _____________________________________
Spiritual TypesA Head Spirituality – This is an intellectual “thinking” spirituality that favorswhat it can see, touch and vividly imagine. This type will usually chooseactivity based on corporate gathering: more study, better sermons and somesort of theological renewal within the worshipping community. This styleproduces theological reflection and crafts position papers on ethical issues. Itsupports education and publication and causes us to examine the texts of ourhymns to see if we are singing what we actually believe. Content is primaryand preserving the faith from generation to generation is important.A Heart Spirituality – For this type, it is all heart – combined with theconcrete, real life stuff. The transformational goal is that of personalrenewal. Theologically, this experience stresses that God is real in the hereand now. Prayer is usually extemporaneous and a focus on service to othersis the witness of one’s faith. This style contributes warmth of feeling, energyand freedom of expression others sometimes lack.A Mystic Spirituality – This type tends to “hear from God” rather than “speakto God.” The aim is union with the Holy and although this is nevercompletely achievable, only the continued attempt or “the journey” satisfies.People attracted to this type of spirituality are often by nature contemplative,introspective, intuitive and focused on an inner world as real to them as theexterior one. This style contribute the wisdom of quieting outsidedistractions that enables one to attend more fully to the inner voice.A Kingdom Spirituality – This type is single-minded with a deeply focused,almost crusading type of spirituality. Their aim is simply to obey God and towitness to God’s coming reign. They are inclined to be assertive, evenaggressive, in desire to implement a vision of the world as the dominion of God on earth. From a faith standpoint, this type frequently sacrifice theirpersonal lives for their hope that the kingdom will be realized on earth. Theyequate prayer and theology with action. They have their vision of the idealand your opinion and mine will hardly matter when placed alongside thatvivid, driving image.Which do you think describes you best (you may choose a combination)?

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