Exploring Community and the Enneagram, Part 3

This is the third installment of an interview with Southlands community member, Maddy. Before you read this post, be sure to check out the first two parts of our interview here and here. A Two’s Perspective on Community and Growth S: Has learning the Enneagram impacted the way you view community and the church? M: Yeah, … More Exploring Community and the Enneagram, Part 3

Exploring Community and the Enneagram, Part 1

The Enneagram is an ancient typing system passed down through narrative tradition. It suggests that there are 9 types, each featuring a basic fear, a basic desire, and a “deadly sin” – examination of the types can be a powerful tool for both personal growth and spiritual formation. Unlike many other personality tests, the Enneagram … More Exploring Community and the Enneagram, Part 1

Personality and Jesus – Finding God’s Heart for Who I Am

I have always loved personality tests. I love the questions, the analysis, poring over every word that determines exactly who I am – all of it. Yes. I am one of those! I studied psychology in college after all, a major that may not do much for my career prospects sans graduate degree but has … More Personality and Jesus – Finding God’s Heart for Who I Am

The Vulnerability of a Positive Perspective

At every level of our culture, there is a trend to avoid vulnerability at essentially all costs. Vulnerability feels scary, raw, and sometimes just too honest. Recently, I have been reading the book Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, and it has profoundly shifted my perspective on the purpose and potential of vulnerability. If you haven’t … More The Vulnerability of a Positive Perspective

Transitions

I’ve always said I like change. I feel a renewed sense of energy, a breath of fresh air, and generally uplifted when I see purposeful shifts around me. Lately I’ve been learning that this is actually a very conditional attitude: I like change when it’s my idea. And while I can put a positive spin … More Transitions