Graham Tomlin argues that in terms of fitness, much of the modern church is spiritually flabby, with its members lacking distinctiveness as Christians and its impact on modern culture correspondingly limited. He gives practical advice to reverse this trend and...
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Graham Tomlin argues that in terms of fitness, much of the modern church is spiritually flabby, with its members lacking distinctiveness as Christians and its impact on modern culture correspondingly limited. He gives practical advice to reverse this trend and allow the church more impact on society.
"Physical fitness is a modern preoccupation, as the growth of the gym culture only goes to prove. But what about spiritual fitness? Graham Tomlin draws a parallel between the two and shows how a church which makes spiritual health a priority will have more impact, more appeal and more relevance in today's culture." "A glimpse into church history reveals that spiritual fitness is nothing new: in the early church and during the Reformation there was a marked concentration on building Christian character and developing a distinctive lifestyle. Rediscovering such an emphasis today is vital, argues the author, not only for the church itself but for society as a whole. This is a very practical book, pointing the way for churches to become centres of vitality and agents for change."--BOOK JACKET.
A focus on physical fitness is part of modern culture, but not so when it comes to spiritual fitness. Graham Tomlin asks what can be done? Physical health and fitness require discipline, self-denial and cost; so, too, with spiritual fitness. This is a very practical book giving churches and their members tools with which to start to reverse the trend of spiritual flabbiness, benefitting both themselves and society, as the church becomes more appealing and significant. This book is for all who feel disatisfied with their Christian faith, who are concerned about the future of the church, or who want to see the church becoming more relevant to modern culture. >
The Revd Dr Graham Tomlin (D.Phil., Oxon) is the Dean of St Mellitus College, London. He has authored a number of books including The Power of the Cross: Theology and the Death of Christ in Paul, Luther and Pascal (Paternoster 1999), The Provocative Church(SPCK 2002), The Responsive Church,(Intervarsity Press, 2002), The Seven Deadly Sins and How to Overcome Them (Lion 2007), Luther and his World (Lion 2002), and Spiritual Fitness (Continuum, 2006).
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- Contents; Part 1: Why Spiritual Fitness?; 1. Church In A Culture Of Choice; 2. A Fresh Look At The Gospel; 3. Spiritual Fitness In The Bible; 4. Spiritual Fitness In Christian History; 5. Body And Soul; 6. The Church As Spiritual Fitness Centre; Part 2: Disciplines For Spiritual Fitness; 7. Generosity; 8. Patience; 9. Forgiveness; 10. Kindness; 11. Self-control; 12. Truthfulness. Full Contents; Part 1 Gives A Historical And Modern Context For Spiritual Discipline.; Part 2 Offers Resources To Help Churches Become Centres Of Spiritual Health.