Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

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Many books—many fine books—have been published on the fruits of the Spirit. But none are quite like Life on the Vine.

Philip Kenneson combines in this book rich, theologically grounded reflection on Christian life and practice with stunning analysis of contemporary culture. After a probing introductory chapter on the necessity and complexity of cultural analysis, Kenneson takes up each of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. He explores what each fruit means in ...

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Overview

Many books—many fine books—have been published on the fruits of the Spirit. But none are quite like Life on the Vine.

Philip Kenneson combines in this book rich, theologically grounded reflection on Christian life and practice with stunning analysis of contemporary culture. After a probing introductory chapter on the necessity and complexity of cultural analysis, Kenneson takes up each of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. He explores what each fruit means in its biblical context, then investigates how key traits of late modern Western culture inhibit the development and ripening of each fruit.

Life on the Vine is that rare book that will reward the reader on many levels. It may be read as a biblical and theological study, as an inspirational work on spirituality, as incisive cultural criticism and as a practical guide to Christian discipleship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830822195
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 810,328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Kenneson is professor of theology and philosophy at Milligan College. He is the coauthor, with James L. Street, of Selling Out the Church and has contributed to Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World and The Nature of Confession (both IVP).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Being Known by Our Fruit
1. Dying on the Vine?
2. Cultivating Love in the Midst of Market-Style Exchanges
3. Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Manufactured Desire
4. Cultivating Peace in the Midst of Fragmentation
5. Cultivating Patience in the Midst of Productivity
6. Cultivating Kindness in the Midst of Self-Sufficiency
7. Cultivating Goodness in the Midst of Self-Help
8. Cultivating Faithfulness in the Midst of Impermanence
9. Cultivating Gentleness in the Midst of Agression
10. Cultivating Self-Control in the Midst of Addiction
Conclusion: Hoping Against Hope
Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Required reading for my course.

    I was disappointed in much of what the author had to say and somewhat disagreed with much of it. In my opinion it was "much ado about nothing". The fruits of the Spirit are pretty much self-explanatory in God's Word.

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