This quieter post Easter period has enabled me to do a little more reading for my thesis. Unclean is a fascinating book by Richard Beck with a subtitle of Meditations on Purity, Hospitality and Mortality. Sometimes just a phrase leaps out of the page and in a season when we are thinking about the cross this resonated:
understandings of atonement – that salvation is an active communal engagement that participates in God’s cosmic mission to restore all things – are vital to efforts aimed at motivating spiritual formation and missional living.
Studying shame has helped make me much more aware of the ways we present Christian faith and doctrine and introduced me to new ways of seeing things, this is one of them.
Richard Beck. (2011). Unclean. Eugene: Cascade, p41..