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READ PDF ì The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation à How do we live in the kingdom of God The truest kind of transformation the kind Jesus taught and modeled prompts us to reach out to our neighbor instead of withdrawing into a self absorbed, isolated, and risk free spirituality This lifelong maturing is all encompassing, affecting our emotions, volitions, intellect, perspective, character, and practice of spiritual disciplines The Kingdom Life provides an integrated approach to spiritual formation This rich compilation from an extraordinary team of thinkers offers sound theology and key practices to strengthen you and those you disciple in light of Christ s lordship and life in the kingdom Join spirospirotual formation leaders including Dallas Willard, Bruce Demaret, Bill Hull, Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall, Keith J Matthews, Keith Meyer, Peggy Reynoso, Paula Fuller, Michael Glerup, and Richard E Averbeck share wisdom and honest personal revelation about discipleship and spiritual formationIdeal for teachers, pastors, lay leaders, and every committed Christian seeking a integrated approach to spiritual formation Includes questions for personal reflection and discussion within a classroom or small group setting and title selections for further reading Historically this is a fascinating book It represents a sympathetic dialogue with Dallas Willard, and a worked out attempt to put into practice in a number of contexts his thought John Ortberg and Garry Black are the anointed second generation of Willardians this book represents a wider reception of his teaching As I understand the process Willard rescued this group from confusion and division by offering first a framework for their theological reflections on Spiritual Formation, then perso Historically this is a fascinating book It represents a sympathetic dialogue with Dallas Willard, and a worked out attempt to put into practice in a number of contexts his thought John Ortberg and Garry Black are the anointed second generation of Willardians this book represents a wider reception of his teaching As I understand the process Willard rescued this group from confusion and division by offering first a framework for their theological reflections on Spiritual Formation, then personal counsel and finally the opening chapter to this collaborative book The earlier part of the book is better, and the best parts when the authors are connecting the theory with practice The chapter on the Trinity is particularly dry, and the section on the Spirit ends up with a very prosaic conclusion There is little in this book that you cannot read pick up in Willard directly although he is not an easy read or via John Ortberg But as evidence of how his thought is being taken a wider range of churches, this is an important record As stated in previous reviews my fianc is studying to be a minister, so as the future spouse of a minister, I figured I should be reading some if not all of his required books Unfortunately, this one is a heck of a miss For example, on page 8 in the foreword by Dr Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Warren talks about Christ like maturity He says going to a church should make you grow from come and see into come and die as Jesus did I do NOT want to ever go to this man s church I u As stated in previous reviews my fianc is studying to be a minister, so as the future spouse of a minister, I figured I should be reading some if not all of his required books Unfortunately, this one is a heck of a miss For example, on page 8 in the foreword by Dr Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Warren talks about Christ like maturity He says going to a church should make you grow from come and see into come and die as Jesus did I do NOT want to ever go to this man s church I understand that he was trying to say that churches and ministers aren t doing enough, but they should have considered rephrasing that sentence before this book ever came to print.The introduction was the driest thing I have ever read in my entire life It took according to my updates the end of February until the twenty fourth of April to finish reading the introduction because I felt no joy at the thought of continuing with this book Hence FINALLY finishing the introduction two months later Personally, I d have just put the list of Bible Verse references into a bibliography Reason being, it is both counterproductive and a chore to have to put a book down and open up another one It takes away from what you re reading and removes the feeling you get from a continuous reading experience I felt like I did arm exercisesthan actual reading when I was really trying to finish the intro For the rest of the book, I did NOT go back and forth between this book and my copy of the KJV.Chapter One.On page 47, it says that the trinity of all evil is the world, the devil, and ze flesh It also says that if I want a donut, that s my flesh talking to me I don t know about you, but I have never had a conversation with my skin.On page 48, it says that an addict is a person who has basically resigned his will to a desire Actually, Dallas Willard, an addiction is actually something that affects your brain, not your soul.On page 54 if you have a Christ without a kingdom, you don t have a Christ If you have a kingdom without Christ, you don t have a kingdom of God I have to call rubbish on this one Whether you are a Christian or a Messianic Jew, to say that without Christ, there is no Kingdom of God, is just blasphemy To deny that a kingdom of God existed before Yeshua is also ridiculous It s not Biblical.I found myself scratching my head on page 56 It says that the Gospel of Yeshua Hamashiach is about the Trinity The Gospel of Yeshua Hamasiach is actually about the life and ministry of well Yeshua Hamashiach Also Dallas Willard, the author of chapter one, talks of Yeshua saying that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven However, Willard goes on to suggest that perhaps Yeshua was talking about how the kingdom of Heaven is here Two completely different things in my opinion Yeshua asked what the heart of the law was The answer is Hear, O Israel Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength I don t see how the author came to his perhaps Chapter two.At the end of page 64 and the start of page 65, Bruce McNicol says that when you believe something, but act as if you don t, other people see the inconsistency Perhaps, but there are people on this planet that claim to be psychic and I don t mean Miss Cleo that will turn around and claim you are lying because they get a feeling Maybe it s an ego trip shrugs Not everything in this book makes me feel opinionated Later on page 65, McNicol makes a convincing case for picking a church the same way you d pick a cardiac care unit nods However, McNicol completely lost me on page 68 and the start of page 69 when he added an eye roll inducing realization type paragraph, and then actually said that if you don t believe that sin is alive and well like the Christians do, then you re na ve and arrogant Can t agree with this one.On page 70, McNicol states that humility is simply trusting God and others Actually, a look at a dictionary would tell you that humility is a modest or low view of one s own importance humbleness Everyone, QUICK Send McNicol a dictionary at once Page 71 may have a mistake of editing We are both type As who have given up on drivenness controlling life, and being right I reread this a couple of times and have no idea where McNicol was going with this.Page 72 The thought that it is a good idea to provide and example about how someone did something you want them to do after they suffered a traumatic event is not one of mine It kind of screams See This person did it and now they re a Pastor You should, too I mean, with that kind of angle, someone could try to get you to do marijuana, and then say See I do it and get all kinds of happy You should, too Both sound like peer pressure to me Sure, one is about a spiritual life and one is a life of drug use, but I discern not much difference here than that.Page 74 claims we are all saints Let s just say that I am not a Catholic, and you ll get why I don t agree with this one.Page 80 McNicol talks of teens leaving churches as soon as they re adults Well, we really can t force people to stay at churches For example, I left the one I attended growing up when I was 16 because they told me that I was screwed and going to hell just because I m gay Again, it s like picking a cardiac care unit Which one is going to lead you tolife Chapter three Page 82, I found that Keith J Matthews had me in his corner right up almost until the end Matthews likened discipleship for Yeshua as being an apprentice to a plumber Bangs head on nearest piece of furniture MATTHEWS, NO YOU WERE DOING SO GOOD TALKING AGAINST EVANGELICALISM WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME sighs I wasn t surprised to find myself givingcritical commentary after the plumber fiasco It s kinda like the saying, How the mighty have fallen Page 99 says that there are no brownie points for disciplining yourself to read the scriptures every day but page 102 had me scratching my head as Matthews said that reading the scriptures was incredibly essential.Chapter four Goodness I was barely a sentence into chapter four before I found myself withcomments Page 108 Bill Hull speaks of spiritual formation being a lifelong development, and how it is a life of suffering Wait What Hardly a promising start, Hull I don t see why this isn t broken down into certain success points I mean, how is it measured If you die young, did you fail Death is the finish line Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that this was not the path to go spiritual formation.In the very next paragraph on the same page, it appears that Hull couldn t resist inserting a heterosexual meaning within the text Quote A young Christian man often looks at older Christian men and assumes that sexual temptation will be easy to handle given a fewBible studies and trainings in resistance First off, I d like to know what planet Hull is living on What self respecting teenage boy isn t gonna flog the bishop On what planet is it wrong to merely fantasize Anyway, two sentences later, it says There is within the breast of most of us the idyllic hope that spiritual growth is intense for an initial period Smh Hull is speaking of heterosexual men only and homosexual men can go screw a duck, apparently I mean, come on Sexual temptation followed by breast This came to me with a homophobic undertone.Chapter five I couldn t help but object when I read about dysfunctional families Sometimes humans can get this image of something perfect and put ridiculous expectations upon something, and then create guidelines to how to make a fuctional family according to a church building minister, and it kinda sets the path toward failure There is no such thing as perfect Also, it talks about inaccurate identities , and given the fact that one of the contributors had already included a between the text meaning against homosexuality, I bet Meyer is referring to the LGBT Some parts of Christianity and Messianic Judaism need to realize that all four parts of the LGBT are in and of themselves legitimate and accurate and real and okay.Chapter seven I found nothing I disagree with in this chapter.Chapter Nine I found myself not connecting with Bruce Demarest at all on the Trinity Christians tend to believe in a Triune God, whereas I do not Normally, I try to be open minded about the beliefs of someone else, but this book already had a couple anti gay parts by the time I felt the urge to throw in the towel come page 231 This is a direct quote The flow of love between the three divine persons of the Trinity can be further illustrated by the giving and receiving of life spiritually, emotionally, and physically between a husband and wife although the marriage partners are two, not three In the bond of marriage, husband and wife are one flesh, although they are two distinct and unique persons Couples in marriage ceremonies often merge two candles into one, symbolizing the two becoming one flesh As within the Trinity, relations between marriage partners are characterized by self giving, unconditional loving, mutual affirmation, promoting the welfare of the other, and sheer delight at being together As happily married couples can testify this rich union often is experientially felt The partners function as living icons of Jesus or Yeshua to one another Translation In order to have a marriage characterized as self giving, being unconditionally loving, mutually affirming, that promotes the welfare of the other, to have the sheer delight of being together, to b e a rich union which is experientially felt, and to function as living icons of Yeshua to one another, you must be straight according to Bruce Demarest This is where I began skim reading for the rest of the book from page 232 on until the end of the epilogue.There were also questions throughout this book that were clearly aimed for a minister or faith formator One that stuck out to be as rather odd was at the end of the intro What barriers have you experienced in your desire to see spiritual formation communities coming into existence This question is included so early on in the book that I found myself wondering the following How could I possibly have a desire to see spiritual formation communities springing up left and right when I hadn t even started chapter one yet When I don t even know what the book all says What barriers could I possibly face when I don t even know if I have that desire to make this happen This question was incredibly premature and should have been placed after the epilogue as a if you do feel it type question.Christianity seems to be searching for ways to make itself new nowadays This is fine, but I, for one, will not be endeavoring to see kingdom life communities springing up left and right I walk away from this book feeling insulted, actually The epilogue listed numerous groups of people, but conveniently left out the LGBT so I conclude that the Kingdom Life and this form of Spiritual Formation is only for those whom are capable of being sexually aroused by the opposite sex and find no arousal whatsoever for the same sex I give this one star and suggest that every copy be used to start a campfire because this is not the way of God To exclude the LGBT is to completely forget what Yeshua said Yeshua said that All are welcome at my Father s table Any religious movement that excludes or makes the LGBT unwelcome is not of God.My notes May 14th, 2018 Pg 231, 69.58% Unfortunately, this book is not going to get a good review from me I thoroughly enjoyed it This is a book that, in my opinion, had one over arching point The idea of spiritual formation It talks about spirital formation in different contexts Not only personally, but in communities of faith, such as churches The authors of this book really go to argue that churches today are not doing enough to get people to live as Christians It s the idea that churches have people baptized and to believe to save their souls, but it sof a quick fix until they meet G I thoroughly enjoyed it This is a book that, in my opinion, had one over arching point The idea of spiritual formation It talks about spirital formation in different contexts Not only personally, but in communities of faith, such as churches The authors of this book really go to argue that churches today are not doing enough to get people to live as Christians It s the idea that churches have people baptized and to believe to save their souls, but it sof a quick fix until they meet God This book argues that the church needs to do , to basically practice what s being preached to them, and getting them to apply the teachings of the Gospel to their life One of my favorite parts of this book is the idea they bring out of resurrection life As a training pastor, I will say that this reminds me of the book of Romans, Ch 6, where the Apostle Paul outlines the idea of being dead to sin through faith in Jesus Christ, but alive in Christ through our faith Hence the idea that through our faith, we not only share in His crucifixion, but also share in his resurrection In the Bible, Paul argues that you should sin noThe author doesn t talk about this necessary, but it creates a eschatological tension of the already, but not yet Ressurrection life refers to living every day for God, living to the best of Human ability without sin, and to life for the next world and the rapture as if it had already happened we are already in Heaven.I want to reiterate that I really, really enjoyed this book It makes a really good point about the church, and improvements that it can make 5 stars This book is an important one Each chapter is a needed read for leaders and churches wanting to truly embrace discipleship and the intentional spiritual formation of Christians It s a collective work, the result of an think tank Unfortunately, while a few chapters read very well, the bulk of the book is dry and requires lots of coffee and focus to read through One shouldn t make a book of such import so ploddingly boring with dry, academic writing To that extent, it disappointed My other This book is an important one Each chapter is a needed read for leaders and churches wanting to truly embrace discipleship and the intentional spiritual formation of Christians It s a collective work, the result of an think tank Unfortunately, while a few chapters read very well, the bulk of the book is dry and requires lots of coffee and focus to read through One shouldn t make a book of such import so ploddingly boring with dry, academic writing To that extent, it disappointed My other issue is that the book really didn t offer conclusions on each segment of spiritual formation It was this is really important but it doesn t offer a many practical thoughts on implementing Nor does it describe churches or ministries that have organized around the principles The last three chapters, I had to use toothpicks to hold open my eyelids snoozealert