James K.A. Smith, “You Are What You Love” (Seminar at 2016 NEXUS Conference, Christian Union)
I found this to be a thought-provoking seminar on the topic of discipleship and the spiritual transformation that comes as a result of loving and following Jesus.
Smith highlights the power of habit and the necessity of engaging God with our affections. Loving God with our minds is not enough–otherwise we are beings filled with intellectual knowledge who lack the depth that comes from enraptured affections. Affections compel us to apply knowledge and imitate the Object of our deepest longings. Smith’s thesis is that “Discipleship is the rehabituation of your loves,” which illustrates a biblical truth crucial to our spiritual reformation: that we become, or we reflect, what we worship (for more on this topic see G.K. Beale’s We Become What We Worship)–examples of this are seen in Psalm 115 and 2 Corinthians 3 (culminating in 3:18).