Practicing the Way of Jesus
Take a casual survey of how people practice their faith, and you might reasonably conclude that Jesus spent his life going door to door offering private lessons, complete with chalkboard and pop quizzes. We think about God in the comfort...
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Take a casual survey of how people practice their faith, and you might reasonably conclude that Jesus spent his life going door to door offering private lessons, complete with chalkboard and pop quizzes. We think about God in the comfort of our own minds, in isolation from one another; meanwhile the world waits for a people to practice the way of Jesus together.
^^Mark Scandrette contends that Jesus has in mind something more lively for us: not a classroom so much as a kingdom, where our formation takes place not only in our heads but in our hearts and our bodies, and in the company of one another, in a way that blesses the world we've been intrusted with.
^^In Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love^ Scandrette draws from his experience as a spiritual director and leader of an intentional community, as well as the best contemporary thinking on kingdom spirituality, to paint a picture of life lived together, in the way of Jesus--which is another way of saying life lived to the full.
Mark A. Scandrette is the founding director of ReImagine, a spiritual formation center based in San Francisco. He has extensive experience providing leadership in churches and community-based organizations and has been a minister, writer and spiritual teacher for twenty years. Scandrette lectures frequently with the U.S. Center for World Missions, leads retreates and workshops, mentors pastors and leaders and provides life coaching and spiritual direction. He is the author ofSoul Graffiti(Jossey-Bass, 2007) and a contributor to several other books.
Mark Scandrette (www.markscandrette.com) is the author of Soul Graffitti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love (InterVarsity Press, 2011) and the executive director and cofounder of ReIMAGINE (www.reimagine.org), a center for spiritual formation in San Francisco that sponsors city-based learning initiatives, peer learning groups, and The Jesus Dojo, a year-long intensive formation process inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. Mark is a founding member of SEVEN, a monastic community working as advocates for holistic and integrative Christian spirituality. Mark is also a senior fellow with Emergent (www.emergentvillage.com), a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders.
- <strong>part One: Perspectives</strong>
- 1 An Invitation To Experiment
- 2 Following The Way Of The Rabbi
- 3 Creating Space For Shared Practices
- 4 The Vision And Physicality Of Spiritual Formation
- 5 How Practice Changes Us: The Inward/outward Journey Of Transformation
- 6 Initiating And Leading Group Experiments
- <strong>part Two: Practices</strong>
- 7 Experiments In Identity
- 8 Experiments In Purpose
- 9 Experiments In Security
- 10 Experiments In Community
- 11 Experiments In Freedom & Peace
- Conclusion: Risk Being Fully Alive
- Study Guide
- Credits And Thanks
- About The Author