Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective

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Jeffrey P. Greenman, George Kalantzis
InterVarsity Press, Feb 12, 2010 - Religion - 256 pages
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This volume, edited by Jeffrey P. Greenman and George Kalantzis, marks another compilation from the Wheaton Theology Conference. 2009's event produced the wealth of work represented here exploring the theological foundations for a faithful approach to the church practices that contribute to spiritual formation, that is, to our sanctification in the power of the Holy Spirit. Including essays from keynote speakers Dallas Willard and Gordon Fee as well as contributing essays by noted presenters such as Chris Hall, David Gushee, Linda Cannell, Cherith Fee Nordling and Lawrence Cunningham, this book offers a stimulating exploration of the historical, biblical and theological dimensions of spiritual formation. It will be of special interest to those who serve as pastors, spiritual directors, church ministry leaders and Christian educators.
 

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Contents

SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE Classic Issues Contemporary Challenges
23
ON GETTING THE SPIRIT BACK INTO SPIRITUALITY
36
SPIRITUAL FORMATION AS A NATURAL PART OF SALVATION
45
FROM THE PORCH TO THE CROSS Ancient Christian Approaches to Spiritual Formation
63
THE WAY AND THE WAYS Reflections on Catholic Spirituality
82
EVANGELICAL HOLINESS Assumptions in John Owens Theology of Christian Spirituality
97
SEEKING TRUE RELIGION Early Evangelical Devotion and Catholic Spirituality
115
READING CHRIST INTO THE HEART The Theological Foundations of Lectio Divina
141
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AS A NAVIGATIONAL AID IN SANCTIFICATION
160
CENTERING PRAYER
180
RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE IN THE IMAGE OF OUR CREATOR THROUGH PSALMS HYMNS AND SONGS OF THE SPIRIT
198
SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
213
THEOLOGY SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION Reflections Toward Application
229
NAME AND SUBJECT INDEX
250
SCRIPTURE INDEX
255
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Jeffrey P. Greenman (PhD, University of Virginia) is academic dean and associate professor of theology and ethics at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is coauthor of Unwearied Praises: Exploring Christian Faith Through Classic Hymns and Understanding Jacques Ellul. He is coeditor of numerous books including The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries, Reading Romans Through the Centuries: From the Early Church to Karl Barth and The Decalogue Through the Centuries: From the Hebrew Scriptures to Benedict XIV. Greenman is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion.

George Kalantzis (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is associate professor of theology and director of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His research and writing interests focus on the dynamic relationship between the written documents and their interpretation in early Christianity, paying particular attention to the development of christological and trinitarian thought, as well as the interplay of classical Greco-Roman and early Christian philosophical understandings of anthropology and biblical hermeneutics. He is the author of Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service, Theodore of Mopsuestia: Commentary on the Gospel of John, coeditor with Andrew Tooley of Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal, with Jeffrey P. Greenman of Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective and with D. Stephen Long of The Sovereignty of God Debate, as well a numerous articles and essays on Patristic thought. He is currently completing a project on wealth and poverty titled Crumbs From the Table: The Eucharist in the Life of the Church. Before coming to Wheaton College, Kalantzis taught seminary and doctoral students as they were preparing to engage the world and the church. He and his wife share this goal and vision with their Chicago area congregation where they serve in missions, the worship arts programs, and in adult and children's education.

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