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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places - Part III

Peterson's "conversation in spiritual theology" finalizes with a third section entitled, "Christ Plays in Community."

There are far too many good things to quote in this section of the book to cover them all. Here are a few high points.

Page 226 - "...there can be no maturity in the spiritual life, no obedience in following Jesus, no wholeness in the Christian life apart from an immersion and embrace of community. I am not by myself. Community, not the highly vaunted individualism of our culture, is the setting in which Christ is at play." (Emphasis mine.)

266 - "...we have to revise our ideas of the holy community to conform to what is revealed in Scripture. It means we cannot impose our paradisiacal visions of hanging out with lovely, upbeat, and beautiful people when we enter a Christian congregation."

278 - "Cliches are the usual verbal giveaways of prayer that is, in fact, nonprayer."

335 - "The great weakness of North American spirituality is that it is all about us: fulfilling our potential, getting in on the blessings of God, expanding our influence, finding our gifts, getting a handle on principles by which we can get an edge over the competition. And the more there is of us, the less there is of God."

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