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Publisher's description of Missional Spirituality by Helland and Hjalmarson:
If all of the earth is God's domain, why are Christians so terribly
provincial? We rarely leave our church buildings, and our spirituality
rarely takes us beyond ourselves.
Veteran church leaders Roger Helland and Leonard Hjalmarson observe
that Jesus begins his mission in the temple, where he wows the religious
elite and chides his parents by saying, "Didn't you know I had to be in
my Father's house?" But Jesus doesn't stay in the temple; indeed, in
Christ the temple of the Lord is on the move--even to the ends of the
In this book the authors helpfully reconnect spirituality and
mission, showing you how the spiritual life, when lived properly,
follows a similar progression: we "come home" to Christ, loving him from
our heart and soul and mind and strength. And then we set forth to love
our neighbors as ourself. Discover how through this process you can
reclaim the whole of God's kingdom for his glory and the fulfillment of
your heart's longing.
Publisher's Description of The Cost of Community by Jamie Arpin-Ricci:
Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .
So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone
with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and
challenged the church and empire of his day by ordering his life around
it--giving up his power, wealth and privileges; claiming the poor and
powerful alike as his brothers and sisters; and loving Islamic neighbors
even as his church and state waged war on them.
Centuries later, Jamie Arpin-Ricci and his friends and neighbors in
the new monastic community of Little Flowers in urban Winnipeg likewise
heard Jesus' message and ordered their lives around it. This book is
Jamie's field report, offering surprising insights about what life
together in the spirit of Jesus' teachings offers us, and what it
demands of us.
The sermon still rings out today, offering perplexing encouragement
and at times daunting challenges to us and our neighbors. Will you hear
what Jesus has to say?
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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
(Luke 1:26-38 ESV)