and the shorter version which simply gives details of some of the quotes from Peterson's 3 books on Spiritual theology can be found at:
“Spiritual Theology is about living the Christian life. It is not some text or technique or programme and is about God and not us.”
“The doctrine of the Trinity is vital because it prevents us from reducing God to what we can understand or need at any one time. We are in the presence of the One who is both before us and beyond us. We need to listen and wait. Trinity is a steady call and invitation to participate in the energetically active life of God.”
“Community is vital but is often difficult.” Peterson uses the example of the Israelites on the journey following the Exodus and suggests ‘getting saved was easy, becoming a community was much more difficult’.
Faith is not an explanation, it is a passion
In describing the experience of Isaiah in the
“The holy is not that which we can market or produce or control on our terms. We, like Isaiah (and Moses and John on
“Jesus, who in abridged form is quite popular with the non-church crowd, was not anti-institutional. Jesus said "Follow me," and then regularly led his followers into the two primary religious institutional structures of his day: the synagogue and the temple. Neither institution was without its inadequacies, faults, and failures.”
“a spirituality that has no institutional structures or support very soon becomes self indulgent and subjective and one generational.”Sadly - International football has not brought much joy to north and south of the border over the past few days!
But I am sure we all know people who seem more interested in what is wrong with others and themselves than with what is right. There must be a balance to be had in this. We know too that it is often easier (and, if we are honest, sometimes more congenial) to point out faults and failings rather than begin by giving thanks for what is good.
Something good is surely the recent fact that a group of 138 Muslim leaders from around the world and across the various denominations of Islam have come together to reach out to Christians through a statement entitled - "A common word between us and you." A recent email from the Sojourners organisation included this link to a short article about this by Brian Maclaren -
I think that is enough for today’s musings. Any comments will be gratefully and thankfully received.