Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries

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In Rome in A.D. 165, two men named Carpus and Papylus stood before the proconsul of Pergamum, charged with the crime of being Christians. Not even torture could make them deny Christ, so they were burned alive.

In the fifth century, Melania the younger and her husband, Pinian, distributed their enormous wealth to the poor and intentionally practiced the discipline of renunciation.

In the seventeenth century, Philipp Jakob Spencer's love for the...

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Overview

In Rome in A.D. 165, two men named Carpus and Papylus stood before the proconsul of Pergamum, charged with the crime of being Christians. Not even torture could make them deny Christ, so they were burned alive.

In the fifth century, Melania the younger and her husband, Pinian, distributed their enormous wealth to the poor and intentionally practiced the discipline of renunciation.

In the seventeenth century, Philipp Jakob Spencer's love for the Word of God and his desire to help people apply the Bible to their life moved him to start "College of Piety," or small groups.

Sacrifice, simplicity, community: these are only three of the many ways Christians have expressed their faith throughout the history of the church-practices that still shape vibrant faith today. In Water from a Deep well, Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837458
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2010
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 431,106
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald L. Sittser (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is the author of The Adventure, A Cautious Patriotism, A Grace Disguised, The Will of God as a Way of Life and When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer.

He has also written many book reviews and articles. He speaks frequently at churches, college campuses, and scholarly and Christian conferences. Sittser has won numerous awards and honors including a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for his book When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer.

Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message (NavPress), he has written many other books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Eugene Peterson 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: There Is More! 15

1 Witness: The Spirituality of the Early Christian Martyrs 27

2 Belonging: The Spirituality of Early Christian Community 50

3 Struggle: The Spirituality of the Desert Saints 73

4 Rhythm: The Spirituality of Monasticism 96

5 Holy Heroes: The Spirituality of Icons and Saints 118

6 Windows: The Spirituality of the Sacraments 139

7 Union: The Spirituality of the Mystics 163

8 Ordinariness: The Spirituality of the Medieval Laity 187

9 Word: The Spirituality of the Reformers 209

10 Conversion: The Spirituality of Evangelicals 231

10 Risk: The Spirituality of Pioneer Missionaries 256

Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here? 281

Discussion Questions 296

Annotated Reading List 303

Illustration Credits 310

Notes 314

Index 360

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