Holy Smoke: The Contextual Use of Native American Ritual and Ceremony

Book, 2017, 130 pp
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Church argues that discipleship among Native peoples is best undertaken as a spiritual journey that has at its core biblical instruction and mentoring by individuals and families that model a lifestyle that reflects transformation in Jesus Christ. When accompanied by the 'contextual' use of Native rites such as the Sweat Lodge Ceremony, the Pipe Ceremony, and Powwow dancing and singing with the drum, participants who go through these 'rites of passage' experience an increased sense of spiritual well-being and self-esteem through this authentic Native expression of their Christian faith.

The book illustrates deep reflection and integration of biblical teaching in the preparation and practice of these Native rites, transforming the old embedded meanings of these rites, while retaining their distinctive familiarity for participants. Church shows how the integration of biblical instruction, the practice of a biblical lifestyle, and contextual sacred and ceremonial rites in alcohol recovery and family camp ministries have together led to recovery and spiritual development in Christ.

We commend this book to anyone who has a serious commitment to making disciples in Native American communities.- Sherwood Lingenfelter, Senior Professor, and Judith Lingenfelter, Affiliate Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

Also see other books in the Centre for Pentecostal Theology Native North American Contextual Movement Series.

"When we had our first national Native college student conference (Would Jesus Eat Frybread) in 2012, the most pressing questions students were asking was 'Can I be Native and Christian?' In 2016, it seems they are no longer asking 'Can I?' But 'How can I be Native and Christian?' In Holy Smoke, Church shares from his life experience - both personal and practical - in ways that will help young Natives who are striving to seek Jesus while honoring their cultures and traditions to answer this question for themselves." - Megan Murdock Krischke, Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, National Native Ministry Coordinator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
PublisherCherohala Press

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