Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 1, 1994 - Religion - 206 pages
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In this book Peterson clarifies the pastoral vocation by turning to the book of Jonah, in which he finds a captivating, subversive story that can help pastors recover their vocational holiness. Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers.
 

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User Review  - First Presbyterian Church - Christianbook.com

This is a MUST read for all pastors and those who want to understand the demands of pastoral call and vocation! I am in the 4th year of my call into ordained ministry and found this book to be rich on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin Henry - Christianbook.com

This is a must read for all pastors. It is a great call to vocational holiness. It has changed how I look at ministry and am challenged to be a better pastor and to seek God more in my life. Read full review

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Contents

Askesis
88
Holy Saturday
91
Monastery without Wails
97
Prayer
99
The School of the Psalms
100
Rule
105
The Contemplative Pastor
111
Finding the Road to Nineveh
117

Ecclesiastical Pornography
22
The Travel Agent in Joppa
25
Jonah Obedient
29
Professionalized Obedience
30
The Kind of Pastor We in Fact Are
31
Escaping the Storm
33
Repudiating Tarshish Religion
34
The American Religious Ship
35
Throw Me into the Sea
38
Recovering a Gospel Vocation
40
Songs and Stories and Red Bandannas
42
God and Passion
46
The Cornfield
47
Vocational Holiness
50
A Slow Leak
55
The Euclidean Threat
57
A Karamazov in Every Home
60
SeedPlanting Dostoevski
65
Jonahs Sea Storni and Pauls Shipwreck
67
In the Belly of the Fish
73
Conditions
76
The Bottom Line
77
The Golden Calf
80
Hogging the Show
85
Geography
122
James Joyces Ulysses
123
A Days Journey into Nineveh
128
Wendell Berry
131
The Congregation Is Topsoil
135
Spiritual Growth versus Religious Cancer
138
Eschatology
140
Yet Forty Days
141
St Johns Revelation
144
Equally Yoked
148
Quarreling with God under the Unpredictable Plant
155
The Stunted Imagination
156
Leonard Storm
158
A Hugely Dimensioned Destiny
160
The Mess of Creativity
163
Bruce
167
The Recovered Vocation
172
Paradigm Shift
174
Messiahs Managers and Spiritual Directors
178
Reuben Lance
182
Karen
190
Making an Ending
194
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Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

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