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Eugene Peterson leverages Paul's letter to the Ephesians to explicate the importance of spiritual maturity in the award winning Practice Resurrection.

While mission and the effort to bring to new believers to Christ is a critical component of the Christian life, Eugene Peterson believes that growth of those who believe towards maturity in Christ is equally important. After all, Christ called the church to make disciples, not merely converts. Yet, by in large, American neglect issues of discipleship and maturation hoping instead that it will "just happen" over time.

Peterson's insightful and illuminating book Practice Resurrection brings the voice of Scripture--especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians--and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack the crucial truth of what it means to fully grow up to the "stature of Christ." Known for his unique perspectives and exceptional, fun, and engaging writing style this provocative book will help pastors and laity fully grasp what is at stake and how Paul led believers into full maturity.

Winner of Christianity Today's 2011 award for "best book in spirituality".

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802869327
ISBN-13: 9780802869326
Series: Spiritual Theology

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Winner of Christianity Today's 2011 award for best book in spirituality

Though bringing people to new birth in Christ through evangelism is essential, says Eugene Peterson, isn't growth in Christ equally essential? Yet the American church by and large does not treat Christian maturity and character formation with much urgency.

In Practice Resurrection Peterson brings the voice of Scripture -- especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians -- and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack the crucial truth of what it means to fully grow up to the "stature of Christ."

Author Bio

Eugene H. Peterson was a longtime pastor and is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many other acclaimed books include Tell It Slant, The Jesus Way, Eat This Book, and the contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message.,

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This is the perfect culmination to Eugene Peterson's fivefold Conversations in Spiritual Theology. How much the church would be transfigured if we could all more fully live as one with Christ in His Resurrection! You will delight in the way Peterson takes portions of Ephesians and displays the results of 'rocket' verbs and other word choices, of disciplines toward maturity, and of movements 'upward, inward, Godward.' This is a life-transforming book for us all!
-Marva J. Dawn
author of Reaching Out without Dumbing Down

Peterson practices what he calls 'theological aesthetics,' giving new vitality to such common words in the Christian vocabulary as 'saint,' 'gift,' and 'church.'...The message isn't new--but the commentary is, as usual, thought-provoking and helpful for readers who want a different, sometimes contrarian, perspective on Christian discipleship.
Publishers Weekly

This is the fifth and culminating contribution to Peterson's series of books on spiritual theology...Peterson builds bridge after bridge from the biblical text to our contemporary context...In both the goals of the book and the quality of the writing, Peterson has provided an extraordinary example of pastoral scholarship.
Christian Century

Editorial Reviews

Marva J. Dawn
-- author of Reaching Out without Dumbing Down
"This is the perfect culmination to Eugene Peterson's fivefold Conversations in Spiritual Theology. How much the church would be transfigured if we could all more fully live as one with Christ in His Resurrection! You will delight in the way Peterson takes portions of Ephesians and displays the results of 'rocket' verbs and other word choices, of disciplines toward maturity, and of movements 'upward, inward, Godward.' This is a life-transforming book for us all!"

Publishers Weekly
"Peterson practices what he calls 'theological aesthetics,' giving new vitality to such common words in the Christian vocabulary as 'saint,' 'gift,' and 'church.'. . . The message isn't new -- but the commentary is, as usual, thought-provoking and helpful for readers who want a different, sometimes contrarian, perspective on Christian discipleship."

Christian Century
"This is the fifth and culminating contribution to Peterson's series of books on spiritual theology. . . . Peterson builds bridge after bridge from the biblical text to our contemporary context. . . . In both the goals of the book and the quality of the writing, Peterson has provided an extraordinary example of pastoral scholarship."

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    May 23, 2017
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    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

    Pauls opening words in Colossians 3 remind his readers that the basis for all our right thinking and right behavior is the resurrection of Christ and the believers participation in resurrection living. Eugene Peterson has been helping me in my understanding of this as I have read and pondered Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ. Jesus alive and present changes everything, and a lively sense of Jesus resurrection, which took place without any help or comment from us, keeps us from attempting to take charge of our own development and growth. (8)

    Understanding the Practice of Resurrection Living

    Mining truth from the book of Ephesians and laying it down beside the words of poets, novelists, and theologians, Peterson said-without-saying-it that a wide and rich reading life will enhance ones ability to read and learn from Scripture. Continually making organic connection[s] from what you can see to what you cant see, he employs vivid metaphors to invite readers into Pauls exhortation to practice resurrection:

    I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beg you to live [or walk] a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called. (4:1) In the Greek, the word worthy comes embedded with a picture of a set of balancing scales. Does my life demonstrate a balance between my walk and my calling? It is interesting that the entire structure of Ephesians models this balance with chapters 1-3 focusing on Gods calling and chapters 4-6 examining the believers walk.

    Pauls body of Christ metaphor emphasizes the homeliness of the church gathered. On one level, we see a building; on another level, we witness the reality of people and relationships that make up the family of God; on a spiritual level there is the truth of the believer as the dwelling place for God. With thirty plus years as a pastor on his resume, Peterson urges believers that when we consider church, we must not be more spiritual than God.

    In the practice of resurrection, we work, but it is far more accurate to think that we are Gods work and doing Gods work. This takes the focus off me (and all my valiant efforts to rescue God) and puts the spotlight on the truth that the entire revelation of God is the story of God at work alongside the invitation to join Him.

    Understanding Prayer and the Church

    When the Apostle Paul calls the church at Ephesus to grow up, his exhortation reverberates through the centuries, incorporating a call to live in fellowship with a local body of believers and to spend plenty of time speaking the primary language that we use as we grow up in Christ this is prayer. Ephesians resonates with prayer language and comprises some of the richest and most fluently theological material in Pauls writings. When my children began to reach the age when my own prayers for them seemed shallow and limiting, I memorized Ephesians 1 and the prayer in Ephesians 3 so that I could join Paul on our knees before the Father instead of prescribing to God a plan of action that suited me.

    The more I enjoy a book, the more difficulty I have in writing a review. Therefore, after having dog-eared pages and made a list of books that I need to read in follow-up, I feel as if Ive only just begun to understand the words of Paul the Apostle and Peterson the Pastor on the practice of resurrection. This may be the best possible outcome, for Im seeing that growing up in Christ means growing up to a stature adequate to respond heart and soul to the largeness of God. (130)

    This, of course, we know is a process that will take all the long leisure of eternity to realize.

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    This book was provided by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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