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A Soundtrack for Hope: A Spotify Playlist for AWAITING THE KING

I'm not sure when it started, but in most of my books I like to note the "soundtrack" that accompanied their production--what I was listening to while writing in coffee shops and airports and my home office. Each one is a snapshot of a phase of my listening life, as well as a kind of interpretive horizon for each book.  No doubt my listening seeps into my writing.

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“Discipleship and spiritual formation are less about erecting an edifice of knowledge than they are a matter of developing a Christian know-how that intuitively understands the world in light of the Gospel.”
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“We have created youth ministry that confuses extroversion with faithfulness. We have effectively communicated to young people that sincerely following Jesus is synonymous with being 'fired up' for Jesus, with being excited for Jesus, as if discipleship were synonymous with fostering an exuberant, perky, cheerful, hurray-for-Jesus disposition like what we might find in the glee club or at a pep rally.”
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“[E]ducation is a holistic endeavor that involves the whole person, including our bodies, in a process of formation that aims our desires, primes our imagination, and orients us to the world -- all before we ever start thinking about it.”
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message 1: by Alex (last edited Jun 06, 2013 08:55AM)

Alex Stroshine So when are you and Dr. Craig going to have a debate on postmodernism and its relationship with Christianity?

Happy Sabbatical!


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