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The Lost Discipline of Conversation

Author: Joanne J. Jung
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310538967
Year of Publication: 2018
Pages: 224
Subtitle: Surprising Lessons in Spiritual Formation Drawn from the English Puritans
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A forgotten Puritan practice that can renew your spiritual life today.

Reaching beyond common spiritual-formation in order to mine the wisdom of the past, The Lost Discipline of Conversation brings to light a way of thinking, living, and growing in Christ that the church today has largely forgotten.

Spiritual-formation professor and author Joanne Jung introduces the Puritan practice of "conference," or focused, spiritual conversation intended to promote ongoing transformation. An antidote to privatized faith, conference calls believers to biblical literacy and soul cre in a context of transparency and accountability.

With its purposeful focus on nurturing mutual, godly authenticity, conference is useful for believers in any ministry - family, workplace, community, or church.

Infused with wisdom, The Lost Discipline of Conversation will help lay Christians, pastors, and small group leaders recapture the art of spiritual conversation. Sample Bible studies at the end ot the book guide readers into beginning the practice.

  1. Our Vital Hunger for Sacred Community
  2. What the Means of Grace Mean
  3. The Word Heard, Read, and Remembered
  4. "A Kind of Paradise": When Souls Were Refreshed
  5. Peek to Pique: Features of Conference
  6. Small (and Deeper) Group Conferences
  7. Family Conferences of the Conversation Kind
  8. Marriage Conferences of the Conversation Kind
  9. From Pastor to Pew and Back Again
  10. Not Your Typical Pastors Conference
  11. Distance Conferencing: From Signed Letters to Streaming Sunday Services
Soul-to-Soul Bible Studies: Conferencing Through God's Word
  • Matthew 1:1-16
  • Matthew 12: 29-32; Matthew 13: 22-32
  • Matthew 13:1-23
  • John 15:1-12
  • Philippians 4:1-3
  • Colossians 3:1-17
  • Hebrews 12:1-3

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