Discipleship, becoming Christ-like, empowered by the Spirit to image God to the worldÂ is not magic. Nor is it merely intellectual. It’s a matter of re-forming our loves, re-narrativing our identities, re-habituating our virtue.Â And that is centered in the practices of the people of God gathered by the Spirit around Christ’s Word and the table.
Love takes practice. Worship is our gymnasium. . . .
— Conclusion to James K.A. Smith’s presentationÂ Liturgical Discipleship: Worship as the Center of Spiritual FormationÂ at theÂ 2014 Ancient Evangelical Future ConferenceÂ (Theme:Â As We Worship, So We Believe: How Christian Worship Forms Christian Faith).
- wrestle withÂ As We Worship, So We Believe: How Christian Worship Forms Christian Faith –Â personally and with respect to the various communities with which I am connected
- explore the development of A Theology for Higher Education for ESN
- expand/deepen the Emerging Scholars Network (and our budding partnerships)
- envision more of the framing of ESN’s Devotionals for/by Academics.
James K.A. Smith’s presentation onÂ Liturgical Discipleship: Worship as the Center of Spiritual FormationÂ (Youtube, ~ 1 hour) struck a deep chord and I am still giving it prayerful consideration. I encourage you to meditate upon itÂ in preparation for the Lord’s Day. To God be the glory!
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