Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 4, 2010

Christ’s resurrection has relevance for everyday living

Eugene H. Peterson discusses the importance of Christ’s resurrection to spiritual formation in our everyday life in his book, “Living the Resurrection.”  Christian formation which Peterson calls “formation-by-resurrection” demands vigilance.  In three chapters, Peterson covers Resurrection Wonder, Resurrection Meals and Resurrection Friends. 

The primary function of the church is the formation of souls, a responsibility Peterson says is being neglected.  Christian idolatry has become tolerated as the church has encouraged believers to purchase the newest program advertised to aid in our spiritual growth.  The workplace does not tolerate wonder and leads to idolatry by putting us in a position of control.   We get back our resurrection wonder by keeping the Sabbath.

Mealtime is a time for reconnection with our loved ones.   Food is a universal need and each culture has a tradition of eating together to cultivate relationship, recognize personal dignity and receive pleasure in giving and receiving.  Jesus often taught the multitudes in the ordinariness of life–through a meal, attending synagogue, travelling from place to place.

Finally, Peterson points out that spiritual formation takes place in the company of friends, not professionals.  Though we are puzzled, confused, questioning, and doubting, we are also singing, believing, praying and obeying.  It is all personal rather than impersonal.  Jesus is personal.  He does not want to hold us at arm’s length.  He wants to draw us in and love us and care for us.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

Peterson’s style of leading us through the resurrection stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John points out the importance of celebrating the resurrection every day rather than one week of the year.  The appendix includes “Resurrection Stories from ‘The Message'” which enhances his book.  Christ’s friends were transformed by the resurrection for the rest of their lives–our lives should be transformed as well and Peterson teaches us how.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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