Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming a Christian Spiritual Practice
:What does a Christian life lived "by the Spirit" look like? For many Christians throughout history, fulfilling Paul's command in Galatians 5:25 included a form of contemplation and prayer that leads to spiritual formation. But in large part, contemporary...
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:What does a Christian life lived "by the Spirit" look like? For many Christians throughout history, fulfilling Paul's command in Galatians 5:25 included a form of contemplation and prayer that leads to spiritual formation. But in large part, contemporary Christians-perhaps especially evangelicals-seem to have lost or forgotten about this treasure from their own tradition. Bringing together scholars and practitioners of spiritual formation from across the Protestant spectrum, this volume offers a distinctly evangelical consideration of the benefits of contemplation. The contributors draw on historical examples from the church-including John Calvin, Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley-to consider how contemplative prayer can shape Christian living today. The result is a robust guide to embracing contemplation that will help Christians as they seek to keep in step with the Spirit.
John H. Coe (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) is the director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University, La Mirada, CA. He is also an associate professor of spiritual theology and philosophy at the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, also at Biola. He previously authored Wildlife in the Kingdom Come: An Explorer Looks at the Critters and Creatures of the Theological Kingdom (Zondervan, 1993) and co-authored Psychology in the Spirit: Contours of a Transformational Psychology with Todd W. Hall, Ph.D.
Kyle Strobel is a speaker, writer, and a practitioner of spiritual formation, discipleship, and community transformation. He has a masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and another masters in New Testament from Talbot School of Theology. After doing further masters work in Spiritual Formation, Kyle has started his Ph.D in theology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where Kyle and his wife Kelli currently reside. Kyle is also co-founder and director of Metamorpha.com, an online community for spiritual formation.
- Introduction: Retrieving The Heart Of The Christian Faith—john H. Coe And Kyle C. Strobel
- <strong>part 1: Historical Inquiries</strong>
- 1. The Controversy Over Contemplation And Contemplative Prayer: An Historical, Theological, And Biblical Resolution—john H. Coe
- 2. Is Thoughtless Prayer Really Christian? A Biblical/evangelical Response To Evagrius Of Pontus—evan B. Howard
- 3. Medieval Ressourcement—greg Peters
- 4. Sabbatical Contemplation? Retrieving A Strand In Reformed Theology—ashley Cocksworth
- 5. "to Gaze On The Beauty Of The Lord": The Evangelical Resistance And Retrieval Of Contemplation—tom Schwanda
- 6. Christian Contemplation And The Cross: The Pathway To Life—diane Chandler
- <strong>part 2: Constructive Proposals</strong>
- 7. Biblical Spirituality And Contemplative Spirituality—steven L. Porter
- 8. Contemplation By Son And Spirit: Reforming The Ascent Of The Soul To God—kyle C. Strobel
- 9. Gospel-centered Contemplation? A Proposal—ryan A. Brandt
- 10. The Beatific Vision: Contemplating Christ As The Future Present—hans Boersma
- 11. Contemplative And Centering Prayer—james Wilhoit
- 12. Contemplative Prayer In The Evangelical And Pentecostal Traditions: A Comparative Study—simon Chan
- 13. A Distinctively Christian Contemplation: A Comparison With Other Religions—glen G. Scorgie
- Conclusion: Recovering Contemplation—john H. Coe And Kyle C. Strobel
- General Index
- Scripture Index