Saturday, May 28, 2011

Christ Plays in at least 10,000 Places

I'm finally finished.

I set a goal for myself back a year or two ago to read through Eugene Peterson's 5 volume spiritual theology series. Tonight I turned the last page in my final book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.

If you know anything about the series you'll know that this book is actually his first of the five. I picked it up in February while visiting Regent College in Vancouver. A friendly enrolment specialist issued me a $20 gift card for the bookstore. The book choice was a no-brainer. Both the visit and the title were on my list of goals for 2011. Now they're both checked off.

I'll pass along two profound excerpts:

"Stories are verbal acts of hospitality" (p. 13)

"The community of God's people has survived... always as a minority, always marginal to the mainstream, never statistically significant. It gives us pause. If we, as the continuing company of Jesus, seem to have achieved an easy accommodation with our society and culture, how did we pull off what Jesus and the community of Jesus failed to accomplish?" (p. 288)

Did you catch that last sentence?

I wonder, have we done a better job of Christianizing our society--and remember, societies don't follow Jesus, only people do--or socializing our Christianity?
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