Is it wrong to merely fantasize Where in the Bible does it say thay masturbation is a sin Even Joseph from Genesis masturbated to avoid sleeping with his masters temptinf wife Anyway two sentences ater it says There is within the breast of most of us the idyllic hope that spiritual growth is intense for an initial period Smh Hull is speaking of heterosexual men only and homosexual men can go jump off a cliff apparently I mean come on Sexual temptation followed by breast This came to me with a homophobic undertone and Hull should repentChapter fiveI couldn t help but object when I read about dysfunctional families Sometimes humans can get this image of something perfect and put ridiculous expectations upon something and then create guidelines to how to make a fuctional family according to a churchbuildingminister and it kinda sets the path toward failure Perfect is subjective Also it talks about inaccurate identities and given the fact that one of the contributors had already included a between the text meaning against homosexuality I bet Meyer is referring to the LGBT and thought he was being clever Some parts of Christianity need to realize that all parts of the LGBT are in and of themselves English Unlimited Level 3 Workbook Special Edition Saudi Edition legitimate and accurate and real and okay Except for polyamorousChapter sevenI found nothing I disagree with in this chapterChapter NineI found myself not connecting with Bruce Demarest at all on the trinity Normally I try to be open minded about the beliefs of someone else but this book already had a couple anti gay parts by the time I felt the urge to throw in the towel come page 231 This is a direct uote The flow ofove between the three divine persons of the Trinity can be further illustrated by the giving and receiving of ife spiritually emotionally and physically between a husband and wife although the marriage partners are two not three In the bond of marriage husband and wife are one flesh although they are two distinct and uniue persons Couples in marriage ceremonies often merge two candles into one symbolizing the two becoming one flesh As within the Trinity relations between marriage partners are characterized by self giving unconditional oving mutual affirmation promoting the welfare of the other and sheer delight at being together As happily married couples can testify this rich union often is experientially felt The partners function as Cambridge Horizons Level 3 Students Pack living icons of Jesus to one another Translation In order to have a marriage characterized as self giving being unconditionallyoving mutually affirming that promotes the welfare of the other to have the sheer delight of being together to b e a rich union which is experientially felt and to function as The Library of the Unwritten (Hells Library living icons of Jesus to one another you must be sexually attracted to the opposite sex according to Bruce Demarest This is where I began skim reading for the rest of the book from page 232 on until the end of the epilogueThere were also uestions throughout this book that were clearly aimed for a minister or faith formator One that stuck out to me as rather odd was at the end of the intro What barriers have you experienced in your desire to see spiritual formation communities coming into existence This uestion is included so early on in the book that I found myself wondering the following How could I possibly have a desire to see spiritual formation communities springing upeft and right when I hadn t even started chapter one yet When I don t even know what the book all says What barriers could I possibly face when I don t even know if I have that desire to make this happen This uestion was incredibly premature and should have been placed after the epilogue as a if you do feel it type uestionChristianity seems to be searching for ways to make itself new nowadays This is fine but I for one will not be endeavoring to see kingdom Galina life communities springing upeft and right I walk away from this book feeling insulted actually The epilogue Dead Boy listed numerous groups of people but convenientlyeft out the LGBT so I conclude that the Kingdom Life and this form of Spiritual Formation is only for those whom are capable of being sexually aroused by the opposite sex and find no arousal whatsoever for the same sex I give this one star and suggest that every copy be used to start a campfire on your next camping trip because this is not the way of God or a way to God only a way to a homophobes idea of God To exclude the LGBT is to completely forget what Jesus said Jesus said that All are welcome at my Father s table Any religious movement that excludes or makes the LGBT unwelcome is not of GodMy notesMay 14th 2018Pg 231 6958% Unfortunately this book is not going to get a good review from meEDIT 7302020 I have added this book to my created folder never finished because I skim read the ast bit of this book and I only count books I ve actually completely read on my read folder This book had some important truths within it related to spiritual formation However it was so dry overly wordy and disorganized that it made it extremely difficult to read all of the way through One of my top 3 books of the year. M by understanding how He sees grace and doctrine brokenness and obedience outreach and justiceIncludes seven highly practical process chapters as well as three theological chapters on the Trinity the Scriptures and the Holy Spiri.
This book is an important one Each chapter is a needed read for eaders and churches wanting to truly embrace discipleship and the intentional spiritual formation of Christians It s a collective work the result of an think tank Unfortunately while a few chapters read very well the bulk of the book is dry and reuires ots of coffee and focus to read through One shouldn t make a book of such import so ploddingly boring with dry academic writing To that extent it disappointed My other issue is that the book really didn t offer conclusions on each segment of spiritual formation It was this is really important but it doesn t offer a many practical thoughts on implementing Nor does it describe churches or ministries that have organized around the principles The I read this book twice in one year because it was so encouraging and challenging The varying writing styles took some getting use to but still very good resource to refocus faith not so much a passive Sunday activity but a vibrant engaging relationship with God and His church Some excellent chapters some good not great chapters Overall good read and helpful to think about I thoroughly enjoyed it This is a book that in my opinion had one over arching point The idea of spiritual formation It talks about spirital formation in different contexts Not only personally but in communities of faith such as churches The authors of this book really go to argue that churches today are not doing enough to get people to ive as Christians It s the idea that churches have people baptized and to believe to save their souls but it s of a uick fix until they meet God This book argues that the church needs to do to basically practice what s being preached to them and getting them to apply the teachings of the Gospel to their Eros Unbound (Great Loves, life One of my favorite parts of this book is the idea they bring out of resurrectionife As a training pastor I will say that this reminds me of the book of Romans Ch 6 where the Apostle Paul outlines the idea of being dead to sin through faith in Jesus Christ but alive in Christ through our faith Hence the idea that through our faith we not only share in His crucifixion but also share in his resurrection In the Bible Paul argues that you should sin no The author doesn t talk about this necessary but it creates a eschatological tension of the already but not yet Ressurrection Ma mre m'a tu - Survivre au gnocide des Tutsis au Rwanda life refers toiving every day for God Mes recettes au baby-robot living to the best of Human ability without sin and toife for the next world and the rapture as if it had already happenedwe are already in HeavenI want to reiterate that I really really enjoyed this book It makes a really good point about the church and improvements that it can make 5 stars Not a La Stratgie du camlon lot of new concepts for me but a good overview all in one place A few of the chapters could be standalone resources to introduce people to certain topics eg Theology of suffering or political theology This book is informative and convicting It made me cry several times There are some parts that I disagree with but on the whole it was good This is a great book with really good insights into spiritual formation I highly recommend it As stated in previous reviews my fianc is studying to be a minister so as the future spouse of a minister I figured I should be reading some if not all of his reuired books Unfortunately this one is a heck of a miss For example on page 8 in the foreword by Dr Rick Warren of Saddleback Church Warren talks about Christike maturity He says going to a church should make you grow from come and see into come and die as Jesus did I do NOT want to ever go to this man s church I understand that he was trying to say that churches and ministers aren t doing enough but they should have considered rephrasing that sentence before this book ever came to printThe introduction was the driest thing I have ever read in my entire Personality Selling life It took according to my updates the end of February until the twenty fourth of April to finish reading the introduction because I felt no joy at the thought of continuing with this book Hence FINALLY finishing the introduction two monthsater Personally I d have just put the Lissa list of Bible Verse references into a bibliography Reason being it is both counterproductive and a chore to have to put a book down and open up another one It takes away from what you re reading and removes the feeling you get from a continuous reading experience I feltike I did arm exercises than actual reading when I was really trying to finish the intro For the rest of the book I did NOT go back and forth between this book and my copy of the KJVChapter OneOn page 47 it says that the trinity of all evil is the world the devil and ze flesh It also says that if I want a donut that s my flesh talking to me I don t know about you but I have never had a conversation with my skinOn page 48 it says that an addict is a person who has basically resigned his will to a desire Actually Dallas Willard an addiction is actually something that affects your brain not your soulOn page 54 if you have a Christ without a kingdom you don t have a Christ If you have. For six years spiritual formation eaders such as Dallas Willard Bruce Demarest and Bill Hull came together with other colleagues to create a collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spi.
A kingdom without Christ you don t have a kingdom of God I have to call rubbish on this one To say that without Christ there is no Kingdom of God is just blasphemy To deny that a kingdom of God existed before Jesus is also ridiculous It s not BiblicalI found myself scratching my head on page 56 It says that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about the Trinity The Gospel of Jesus Christ is actually about the ife and ministry of well Jesus Christ Also Dallas Willard the author of chapter one talks of Jesus saying that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven However Willard goes on to suggest that perhaps Jesus was talking about how the kingdom of Heaven is here Two completely different things in my opinion Jesus asked what the heart of the aw was The answer is Hear O Israel Thou shalt ove the Lord thy God with all thy heart with all thy mind and with all thy strength I don t see how the author came to his perhaps Chapter twoAt the end of page 64 and the start of page 65 Bruce McNicol says that when you believe something but act as if you don t other people see the inconsistency Perhaps but there are people on this planet that claim to be psychic and I don t mean Miss Cleo that will turn around and claim you are She Wants It lying because they get a feeling Maybe it s an ego trip shrugsNot everything in this book makes me feel opinionated Later on page 65 McNicol makes a convincing case for picking a church the same way you d pick a cardiac care unit nodsHowever McNicol completelyost me on page 68 and the start of page 69 when he added an eye roll inducing realization type paragraph and then actually said that if you don t believe that sin is alive and well Colorist's Special Effects 2: Step-by-step coloring guides. Improve your skills! like some Christians do then you re na ve and arrogant Can t agree with this oneOn page 70 McNicol states that humility is simply trusting God and others Actually aook at a dictionary would tell you that humility is a modest or Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions low view of one s own importance humbleness Everyone UICK Send McNicol a bunch of dictionaries at oncePage 71 may have a mistake of editing We are both type As who have given up on drivenness controllingife and being right I reread this a couple of times and have no idea where McNicol was going with thisPage 72 The thought that it is a good idea to provide an example about how someone did something you want them to do after they suffered a traumatic event is not one of mine It kind of screams See This person did it and now they re a Pastor You should too I mean with that kind of angle someone could try to get you to do marijuana and then say See I do it and get all kinds of happy You should too Both sound Writing in Public like peer pressure to me Sure one is about a spiritualife and one is a ife of drug use but I discern not much difference here than thatPage 74 claims we are all saints Let s just say that I am not a Catholic or a Mormon and you l get why I don t agree with this onePage 80 McNicol talks of teens Latino Mennonites leaving churches as soon as they re adults Well we really can t force people to stay at churches for one And some churches preach false doctrines and I don t just mean theiberal section For example I When Cricket Was Cricket left the one I attended growing up when I was 16 because they told me that I was screwed and going to hell just because I m not heterosexual As an author said it sike picking a cardiac care unit Which one is going to Why the Amish Sing lead you toifeChapter threePage 82 I found that Keith J Matthews had me in his corner right up almost until the end Matthews Life Along the Border likened discipleship for Jesus as being an apprentice to a plumber Bangs head on nearest piece of furniture MATTHEWS NO YOU WERE DOING SO GOOD TALKING AGAINST BAD CHURCH IDEAS WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME sighsI wasn t surprised to find myself giving critical commentary after the plumber fiasco It s kindaike the saying How the mighty have fallen Page 99 says that there are no brownie points for disciplining yourself to read the scriptures every day but page 102 had me scratching my head as Matthews said that reading the scriptures was incredibly essentialChapter fourGoodness I was barely a sentence into chapter four before I found myself with comments Page 108 Bill Hull speaks of spiritual formation being a Teaching with a Global Perspective lifelong development and how it is aife of suffering Wait What Hardly a promising start Hull I don t see why this isn t broken down into certain success points I mean how is it measured If you die young did you fail Death is the finish ine Not for the first time I found myself thinking that this was not the path to go spiritual formation because it just doesn t make much senseIn the very next paragraph on the same page it appears that Hull couldn t resist inserting a heterosexual meaning within the text uote A young Christian man often ooks at older Christian men and assumes that sexual temptation will be easy to handle given a few Bible studies and trainings in resistance First off I d Archiving Settler Colonialism like to know what planet Hull isiving on What self respecting teenage boy isn t gonna flog the bishop to a person of whichever gender he s attracted to On what planet. Ritual formation The result is The Kingdom Life a book that offers a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines through a three pronged focus on transformation community and outreach Connect in a uniue way with God and His kingdo.