Under the Unpredictable Plant; An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

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In this book Peterson clarifies the pastoral vocation by turning to the book of Jonah, in which he finds a captivating, subversive story that can help pastors recover their "vocational holiness". Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers.
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Overview

In this book Peterson clarifies the pastoral vocation by turning to the book of Jonah, in which he finds a captivating, subversive story that can help pastors recover their "vocational holiness". Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802837059
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 197

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Undercapitalized Vocations 2
Vocational Idolatry 4
The Jonah Story 5
I Buying Passage to Tarshish 9
1 Jonah Disobedient 10
Escape to Tarshish 11
Stay Where You Are 18
Ecclesiastical Pornography 22
The Travel Agent in Joppa 25
2 Jonah Obedient 29
Professionalized Obedience 30
The Kind of Pastor We in Fact Are 31
II Escaping the Storm 33
1 Repudiating Tarshish Religion 34
What Do You Mean, You Sleeper? 34
The American Religious Ship 35
Throw Me into the Sea! 38
2 Recovering a Gospel Vocation 40
Songs and Stories and Red Bandannas 42
God and Passion 46
The Cornfield 47
Vocational Holiness 50
A Slow Leak 55
The Euclidean Threat 57
A Karamazov in Every Home 60
Seed-Planting Dostoevsky 65
Jonah's Sea Storm and Paul's Shipwreck 67
III In the Belly of the Fish 73
1 Conditions 76
The Bottom Line 77
The Golden Calf 80
Hogging the Show 85
2 Askesis 88
Three Days in the Belly 88
Holy Saturday 91
Prettyfeather 91
Monastery without Walls 97
3 Prayer 99
The School of the Psalms 100
Rule 105
The Contemplative Pastor 111
IV Finding the Road to Nineveh 117
1 Geography 122
James Joyce's Ulysses 123
A Day's Journey into Nineveh 128
Wendell Berry 131
The Congregation Is Topsoil 135
Spiritual Growth versus Religious Cancer 138
2 Eschatology 140
Yet Forty Days 141
St. John's Revelation 144
Equally Yoked 148
Eschatological Laundry List 148
V Quarreling with God under the Unpredictable Plant 155
1 The Stunted Imagination 156
Leonard Storm 158
A Hugely Dimensioned Destiny 160
The Mess of Creativity 163
Bruce 167
2 The Recovered Vocation 172
Paradigm Shift 174
Messiahs, Managers, and Spiritual Directors 178
Reuben Lance 182
Karen 190
Making an Ending 194
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