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!
I continue, however, to live in the Philippines, where we have lived since 1986.
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. Some of them, ok, all 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 at least 2-3 times a week and would like to get back to posting 5-6 times a week but I am just not there right now.
Following are a few of my more popular posts: