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Introduction to a Missional spirituality
Most of us experience our personal journeys with a characteristic modality. My early interest was integration, exploring a sense of fragmentation in head and heart. Which was primary, being or doing? My head gave me one answer, my soul another. I was convinced that the journey I had begun in Christ was the unifying way.
Many years later I found myself writing pastoral theology with a growing interest in missional spirituality. I observed that some were strong in activism, and some were strong in prayer and contemplation, but rarely were the two in balance. The symptoms of the separation were evident: an other-worldly pietism on one hand, and an over-zealous activism, often resulting in burnout, on the other.
So here is the problem, framed beautifully in Luke chapter 10. Are Mary and Martha compatible? Do they represent two opposite roads in spiritual life? Two parallel tracks are marked out: the via contemplativa, and the via activa. Must we choose between the contemplative and activist life? Do these two roads meet somewhere in the heart of God? Can we be missional and monastic? Can we live out a missional spirituality?
This volume offers many full color images, and moves at a pace that encourages integration of head and heart.
- Publication Date:
- 1500115649 / 9781500115647
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Full Color with Bleed
- Related Categories:
- Religion / Christian Theology / General