My name is David Nichols. Welcome to A Ruach Journey. I began this blog soon after I began my doctoral studies in spiritual formation at Asbury Seminary. I taught at a Seminary in the Philippines in the area of spirituality for a number of years and so when an opportunity arose to do more advanced and focused study in the area of spirituality, I jumped at it In May of 2011, I finally graduated with a doctor of ministry in spiritual formation at Asbury. I say, finally, since I first started on my doctorate in 1996!
After living in the Philippines from 1986 to the end of 2012, we moved back to the U.S. and we took a position in the area of member care with our mission and currently live in Texas.
Many of my initial blog posts came out of personal reading and reflections for my studies at Asbury. In fact, I have posted a number of papers I did for classes. Many of them need editing for public consumption.
I try to be honest about my journey with the Spirit–my journey has often been full of struggle and you will see that here. I try to include some of my reflections on Scripture and try to write about things that are fresh for me. I continue to read extensively in the area of spirituality even though I am no longer in a formal study program and so I think I will not run out of material to write about.
And so, I write primarily for myself–to process in a public way what I am learning in this journey with the Spirit since I not in the classroom too much these days. But, I also write to encourage others, who, like me need companions for the journey. I enjoy greatly seeing comments to my posts and I try to respond to each one. I would invite you to become a subscriber to my blog. If you like what I am writing or have written, please pass it on to others! If you don’t, please tell me! You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. After posting almost every day for the first few years, I have slowed down a bit. I am trying to get back into the habit of posting weekly but sometimes I am too busy or i have little to contribute because of my busyness.
Following are a few of my more popular posts: