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Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
Eugene H. Peterson
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Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places reunites spirituality and theology in a cultural context where these two vital facets of Christian faith have been rent asunder. Lamenting the vacuous, often pagan nature of contemporary American spirituality, Eugene Peterson here firmly grounds spirituality once more in Trinitarian theology and offers a clear, practical statement of what it means to actually live out the Christian life.
Writing in the conversational style that he is well known for, Peterson boldly sweeps out the misunderstandings that clutter conversations on spiritual theology and refurnishes the subject only with what is essential. As Peterson shows, spiritual theology, in order to be at once biblical and meaningful, must remain sensitive to ordinary life, present the Christian gospel, follow the narrative of Scripture, and be rooted in the "fear of the Lord" -- in short, spiritual theology must be about God and not about us.
The foundational book in a five-volume series on spiritual theology emerging from Peterson's pen, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places provides the conceptual and directional help we all need to live the Christian gospel well and maturely in the conditions that prevail in the church and world today.
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About the Author
Eugene H. Peterson, author of the best-selling contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Table of Contents
Clearing the Playing Field
Exploring the Neighborhood of Creation
Kerygma: Jesus' Birth
Grounding Text (1): Genesis 1–2
Grounding Text (2): St. John
Cultivating Fear-of-the-Lord in Creation: Sabbath and Wonder
Exploring the Neighborhood of History
Kerygma: Jesus' Death
Grounding Text (1): Exodus
Grounding Text (2): St. Mark
Cultivating Fear-of-the-Lord in History: Eucharist and Hospitality
Exploring the Neighborhood of the Community
Kerygma: Jesus' Resurrection
Grounding Text (1): Deuteronomy
Grounding Text (2): Luke/Acts
Cultivating Fear-of-the-Lord in Community: Baptism and Love
Epilogue: As Kingfishers Catch Fire . . .
Appendix: Some Writers on Spiritual Theology
Index of Subjects and Names
Index of Scripture References
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