James K.A. Smith on Real Formation

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One of the most crucial things to appreciate about Christian formation is that it happens over time.  It is not fostered by events or experiences; real formation cannot be effected by actions that are merely episodic.  There must be a rhythm and a regularity to formative practices in order for them to sink in–in order for them to seep into our kardia and begin to be effectively inscribed in who we are, directing our passion to the kingdom of God and thus disposing us to action that reflects such a desire.

From James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

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