When you think of discipleship or spiritual formation, what comes to mind? For many of us it is a program, a class, a book, or an expert that we go to or attend.
Eugene Peterson in this brief but meaty book reminds or re-tells us that spiritual formation, discipleship is rooted in the resurrection that comes to us in surprising ways and during the common and ordinary everydayness of life in the company of a group of people.
As he unpacks the resurrection narratives in the gospels, Peterson asserts that we cannot control the resurrection and, as a result, a spiritual formation that is centered in the resurrection of Christ flies in the face of much of the contemporary busyness of modern life, including the church. This includes challenging the “layperson” image of a believer that Peterson believes leads to a consumer mentality in which a “professional” is given reign over one’s spiritual life at the cost of a personally active and deepening faith.
Published by NavPress, Living the Resurrection, is a refreshing alternative (and challenge) to contemporary Christian views of discipleship and spiritual formation. It is a call back to personal responsibility for one’s discipleship that is rooted in a community of believers as well as being a responsible person involved in the spiritual formation of others.
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