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Renewal as a Way of Life: A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth [Paperback]

By Richard F. Lovelace (Author)
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1579108660  
ISBN13  9781579108663  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard F. Lovelace (Th.D., Princeton) is emeritus professor of church history at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of Homosexuality and the Church (Revell) and The American Pietism of Cotton Mather (Eerdmans).

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An Integration of Faith  Dec 27, 2006
This book is divided into three main sections. The section first focuses upon the "normal Christian life," presenting an ideal to which Christians are called to attain. The second section deals with the problems of the flesh, the world and the devil. The final three chapters bring it all together in the dynamics of spiritual life. This is the practical "how to" section which looks at Christ's victory, our individual victory and our corporate renewal. This is essentially a simplified version of Lovelace's earlier work, Dynamics of Spiritual Life which included a great deal of historical background in the church's search for spiritual growth. As such, we are treated to the meat of the subject with all of the fat trimmed away.

It is not until the end of the book that we come to understand from where Lovelace is coming. As a product of Yale philosophy, he found himself as a new Christian amid a flotsam of conflicting theologies and therefore sought to build up his own system which would balance the leading of the Holy Spirit with the Word of God. Along the way, he seems to have come into contact with writings of the early Moravians and was influenced along those lines. It is here that he calls for a theological integration of theory and practice and, as such, he decries theologians as those who amuse themselves by making "generations of students jump through systematic hoops" (pg 187). This is not a call away from theological training. To the contrary, he suggests that laypersons invest in formal theological training so as to bring the church to a point where it can counter the ideas of modern culture.

Lovelace quotes Pope John Paul 2 in reminding us that we in the western world are the rich man while much of the rest of the world is Lazarus at our gate (Page 39). As such, we are called to be a blessing to the nations which, left to themselves, are pictured as rival gangs whose corporate selfishness drive them to war upon one another or, at best, to neglect one another. When the church does not take action or is even a part of the problem, "God sometimes raises up prophets among unbelievers" (page 86). Perhaps one such prophet is Zoltan Kodaly who remarks, "Capitalism is the oppression of man by his fellow man, and communism is the reverse" (page 91).
Renewal of Lovelace's Renewal  Jan 16, 2006
Lovelace's thesis of spiritual growth is that it is a continuous renewal with precondition and fulfilment of the primary and secondary elements (appendix 1).

Firstly, Lovelace highlighted that renewal began with an awareness of God's holiness and our sinfulness. Without these basic conditions, there will be no renewal. However Lovelace seems to use the word `renewal' and `spiritual growth' interchangeably. Compared to his earlier work in which he was clear in writing about renewal in spiritual life, in this book he was rather vague in the use of his terms. He seems to imply that spiritual growth is equivalent with renewal. While this is true to a certain extent, spiritual growth is more than renewals. Renewal is reworking the same territory repeatedly while spiritual growth should be progressive towards a definite goal.

Secondary, I agree with Lovelace made is that renewal is both individual and corporate. Too often, books on spiritual growth emphasised on the individual or inner life alone. Spiritual growth has to be done in the context of a community.

Thirdly, Lovelace gave the impression that there is a progression in renewal by his primary and secondary elements. Renewal should happen individually and corporately simultaneously. There should not be a dividing line between individual and corporate elements. And both elements should be Christo-centric, not just the primary elements.

Fourthly, authority in conflict as a primary element is an important step in renewal. This is where an individual decides who is in command of his/her life- self or God. Unfortunately Lovelace concentrated instead on spiritual warfare rather than responsible decision making.

Finally, Lovelace made a good point about the theological integration of revealed truth and cultures. Too often, our spiritual growth models are very western in its approach without being in the context of our pluralistic Asian cultures.

Appendix 1
Lovelace's thesis can be summarised as :
I. Precondition of renewal (individual)
a. Awareness God's holiness ( his justice, his love)
b. Awareness the depth of sin ( in yourself, in the world)
II. Primary Element of Renewal (individual)
a. Justification.
b. Sanctification. in Jesus
c. The Holy Spirit within.
d. Authority in conflict.
III. Secondary Elements of Renewal (corporate)
a. Mission (proclamation, social work)
b. Prayer (individual, corporate)
c. Community (micro, macro)
d. Theological integration ( revealed truth, culture)


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