And the Introvert has something to say

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Dianne P

    I suppose there might be no responses to this… introverts??? But bringing to mind a wonderful spiritual friend who happens to be an introvert, I want to thank you for this post.

    I think there is some of the introvert in all of us, at least there is some in me, when I just crave alone time with God. A bit challenging in the context of the western church that seems to want 24/7 action, action, action. The more that I traverse this road called life with God, the more that I crave alone time with Him/Her*. And the more that I am drawn to the monastic/contemplative side. Is wanting more time with God being an introvert?

    *(God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.)

  • Adam

    Susan Cain’s book Quiet has been a great read about introverts for me.

  • Amanda B.

    Everyone needs some alone time, and everyone needs some human contact. The gauge of introversion/extroversion mostly has to do with whether you feel charged up or run down after spending time around a big group of people.

    Introverts don’t instantly have a meltdown in a crowd, and extroverts don’t instantly develop cabin fever if left alone. Just like an introvert can go to a party and genuinely enjoy it, an extrovert can pray by themselves and have an amazing time. *Maybe* introverts will take to contemplative prayer more quickly, but it’s a discipline that I believe extroverts can (and should!) engage in, to the extent that God is leading them that way in any given season. So no, I don’t think contemplative prayer is a gauge of introversion.

    But hey, I’m a pretty pronounced introvert, so I can’t speak for extroverts in that regard. :)


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