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liturgy, worship, miyagi, karate, church, christian, catechesis, discipleship, absolution, luther

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Using the narrative of The Karate Kid as a guide, I will demonstrate that Christian formation is a matter of recontextualizing liturgical practices in the daily life of the believer, so that she knows when, where, and how to use the precogni¬tive spiritual habits formed by Word and Sacrament in Christian worship. This understanding challenges prevalent liturgical theology, which tends to assume an automatic connection—or worse, no connection at all— between worship and daily life, by highlighting the necessity of locating for believers the telos of the church’s rites and ceremonies in discipleship. Finally, I will provide concrete examples of the many forms that liturgical catechesis takes to holistically address the head, heart, and hands of Christian disciples. A right understanding and application of liturgy is the key to bridging the gap between Sunday and Monday.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars