Spiritual Practice

Speaker(s): Gordon T. Smith
Date: Fall 2012
Length: 19h 18min
Product ID: RGDL4222S

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This course considers the place of intentional spiritual practice in the life of the Christian believer and the life of the church, along with the interplace of the two. "Spiritual practice" is about intentionality in the pursuit of the holiness that is the gift of the Spirit. The course lectures will stress that the Christian is not a self-constructed entity, and that the church is not constituted by strategic planning, but rather that the individual Christian and the church are animated and sustained by union with Christ and the fullness of the Spirit. Lectures include:

  • Course Introduction: The City in Crisis
  • Trinitarian Perspective
  • Intro Readings; What is Spiritual Formation?
  • Vocation
  • To Love is to Serve; Grace
  • Spiritual Practice: What is it?
  • Introduction to the Second Part of the Course
  • Ancient Liturgy and Faithful Worship
  • Prayer and Care Casting
  • Reading Scripture as Spiritual Practice
  • Approaching Scripture
  • The Gospels
  • Introduction to the Third Part of the Course
  • Birding and Gardening; Fierce Landscapes
  • Creation Care, Education, Scholarship as Spiritual Practice
  • The Examine, Contemplation, and Hospitality as Spiritual Practice
  • Conclusion

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Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is President of Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is former Academic Vice President/Dean and Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, and the author of Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity, Essential Spirituality: Renewing Your Christian Faith through Classic Spiritual Disciplines, Listening to God in Times of Choice and Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-given Potential.

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