Becoming Whole and Holy
"Becoming fully human before God and within the world cannot be a solitary pilgrimage. It should be a journey taken in community, a sharing among friends who together seek to know themselves and their Lord better and to minister more...
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"Becoming fully human before God and within the world cannot be a solitary pilgrimage. It should be a journey taken in community, a sharing among friends who together seek to know themselves and their Lord better and to minister more faithfully. In this book, a biblical scholar, a social scientist, and an ethicist sharpen each other's appreciation of this need for constructive interdependence and integration. Pull up a chair and listen to this quality conversation."--M. Daniel Carroll R., distinguished professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary; author, Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible"This is not just a book about Christian formation. In a surprising way, it also traces the paths of becoming whole and holy as its authors model their own growth in their interactions with each other. The process of offering and receiving guidance, the sculpting of practical wisdom, and the integrative journey itself are laid bare for all to see--and to follow. Here is a conversation worth joining!"--Joel B. Green, professor of New Testament interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary"Becoming Whole and Holy is a compelling integrative conversation about spiritual formation that weaves together themes from theology and the social sciences in a very helpful way. This remarkably broad and balanced book offers real wisdom about both the end of spiritual formation and the means of getting there."--James C. Wilhoit, Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College; author, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered"In rare but true interdisciplinary fashion, Brown, Dahl, and Reuschling probe the relationship of wholeness and holiness. Drawing on their respective specialties in biblical hermeneutics, the social sciences, and ethics, the authors convincingly demonstrate with freshness and clarity that wholeness and holiness are linked, and that the path to them is a joyful but precarious journey. Becoming Whole and Holy is personally convicting, but will be a rich resource for a wide variety of disciplines in academic settings. Above all, the church needs its prophetic message."--Dennis P. Hollinger, president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary"This book is essential reading for students, pastors, and scholars who care about the pursuit of an authentically Christian life. The authors demonstrate clearly that such an all-encompassing and complex topic as Christian formation can be illumined in fresh ways by charitable conversation between academic disciplines. Their shared passion for God, Scripture, and ministry, expressed through distinct yet complementary realms of academic expertise, shapes a rich, dialogical exploration of God's chief purposes for human beings. The result is a splendid example of eminently practical theology that strengthens the church's mission to make disciples."--Jeffrey P. Greenman, associate dean, Biblical & Theological Studies; professor of Christian ethics; Wheaton College"Becoming Whole and Holy is important not just in its content but in the unique, collaborative way in which it was composed. Three scholars who are [also] friends have created a new way of working at the intersections of their disciplines to offer immensely rich reflections on the process of spiritual formation. Readers will benefit both from the cutting-edge insights into human wholeness and holiness and from watching the collaboration toward this goal unfold in the pages of the book. I highly recommend this work."--David P. Gushee, distinguished university professor of Christian ethics, Mercer University
How does Christian formation happen and what are its moral implications? This book brings into conversation three disciplines that are crucial for Christian formation--social science, biblical studies/hermeneutics, and ethics--to present a cohesive, dynamic vision of human wholeness and spiritual holiness. The authors weave together insights from their respective fields to address the relationship between personal and communal formation, moral development, and the interpretation of Scripture. Revealing the process as well as the fruits of interdisciplinary dialogue, this book offers a fresh approach to understanding human formation. The final chapter, a case study on immigration, demonstrates the authors' integrative method.
Wyndy Corbin Reuschling (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of ethics and theology at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. She has written for publications such as The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and Ashland Theological Journal, and has published the book Reviving Evangelical Ethics.
Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and associate academic dean at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples.
- Prologue: Introducing Ourselves<br>1. Location: Our Selves, Our Disciplines, Our Process<br>2. Being And Becoming: A Journey Toward Love (carla)<br>3. Wholeness And Holiness: Selves In Community With God And Others (carla)<br>4. Reception And Integration Of Offerings From Social Science<br>5. Being And Becoming: The Scriptural Story Of Formation (jeannine)<br>6. Wholeness And Holiness: Toward Communal Fullness Of Life (jeannine)<br>7. Reception And Integration Of Offerings From Hermeneutics<br>8. Being And Becoming: The Trinity And Our Formation (wyndy)<br>9. Wholeness And Holiness: Christian Moral Formation (wyndy)<br>10. Reception And Integration Of Offerings From Ethics<br>11. Interface: An Integrative Conversation Around Immigration<br>epilogue: Our Experiences Of Integration<br>index