Fruit of the Spirit: Growth of the Heart
There is a growing interest in spirituality in popular culture. Everybody from movie stars and politicians to corporate executives and economists ... Show synopsis There is a growing interest in spirituality in popular culture. Everybody from movie stars and politicians to corporate executives and economists seems interested in a variety of spiritual practices. This interest in spirituality is not a bad thing, but it does point to the fact that in the Church we haven't done a very good job of explaining what Christianity is about. Nor have we made it clear that Christianity is not limited to believing a body of doctrine -- although it is that, in part. Christianity is also what we do about what we believe. That is, Christianity has its own distinct spirituality, the movie stars and executives who are seeking an authentic spirituality don't need to turn to Yoga or Native American religions to find a practice. As Christians we do have a rich heritage of spiritual practices and in Fruit of the Spirit Bonnie Thurston provides a fresh glimpse of Christian spirituality as understood in terms of the exercise of virtues. These virtues are clearly spelled out in Paul's letter to the Church at Galatia in his list of the "fruit of the spirit" in Gal 5:22-23. Fruit of the Spirit is solidly based on the New Testament and biblical interpretation. The sermons were first presented at the Chautauqua Institution in August 1998.