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Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance

Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance

by Benjamin J. Dueholm


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In our increasingly secular world, what good are the church’s sacred practices, and why do they even matter anymore? With insight, wit, and unsparing honesty, Benjamin Dueholm in this book explores the crucial place and power of Christian practices in ordinary, everyday life. Drawing on modern-day realities and ancient roots, firsthand experience and centuries of history, pop culture and high theology, Dueholm offers a visionary account of the critical, radical, life-affirming role that seven “sacred signposts” play in today’s post-Christian world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802874177
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Benjamin J. Dueholm is pastor of worship and education at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda, Illinois. His writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Aeon, Killing the Buddha, and Religion Dispatches.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: The Estate Sale at the End of the World 1

1 Word 15

The Archive of the Inconsequential

2 Water 37

Insiders and Outsiders

3 Meal 61

A World in Miniature

4 Confession and Forgiveness 79

Far from the Tree

5 Ministry 101

Expatriates from the Kingdom of Usefulness

6 Prayer, Praise, and Worship 121

Redeeming Work

7 Cross 141

The Beginning and the End

Conclusion: The Space Between 165

Acknowledgments 174

Notes 176

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