gratitude & hoopla: Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

gratitude & hoopla

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

8.6.06

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

I've begun reading two very fine but very different books lately. One of them I've mentioned (and quoted) recently: Nancy Pearcey's Total Truth. The other, which I've just started, is Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.

I expect to be quoting frequently from both of these books (such is my confidence that their wisdom will be well worth sharing). So, without further ado, here is Peterson, on the opening page of his introduction, explaining the theme of his book, which he calls "spiritual theology":
The end of all Christian belief and obedience, witness and teaching, marriage and family, leisure and work life, preaching and pastoral work is the living of everything we know about God: life, life, and more life. If we don't know where we are going, any map will get us there. But if we have a destination--in this case a life lived to the glory of God--there is a well-marked way, the Jesus-revealed Way. Spiritual theology is the attention that we give to the details of living life on this way. It is a protest against theology depersonalized into information about God; it is a protest against theology functionalized into a program of strategic planning for God.

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