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Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion. Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings. The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.
There are many ways to be a Christian. In Good News for Moderns author Nero James Pruitt shows that within the pages of the New Testament there is room for a diversity of Christianities. This is a diversity that is not talked about often but, when properly understood, expands the perception of what a Christian is. Consider the words of Justin Martyr the second century Christian writer recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church, the Anglicans and the Eastern Orthodox in about 150 AD: We are taught that Christ is the first born of God, and we have shown that He is the reason (word) of whom the whole human race partake. And those who live according to reason are Christians, even though they are counted atheists. Such were Socrates and Heraclitus among the Greeks, and those like them.... Consider the words of John Adams the second President of the United States in 1816: The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion. Consider the words Bill Clinton the forty-second President of the United States: In 1955, I had absorbed enough of my churchs teachings to know that I was a sinner and to want Jesus to save me Finally, consider the words of the writer of the small New Testament Book of III John: Whoever does good is from God... Good News for Moderns is based on Pruitts reading of the scriptures and over one hundred authors of various points of view. In our busy time it is brief slightly more than one hundred thousand words supplemented by slightly less than one hundred thousand words of end-notes. It recognizes that human life moves by fast in what seems like an infinity of time and space and the book closes this way: By listing many who have come before us and the immensity of time and space I have underscored the brevity of our lives because as a Psalmist taught, recognizing our own mortality is the path to wisdom.
The church is working with a shrunken Gospel, robbed of its power, limited in its scope, and unable to catch the interest of those it needs to reach. Who is responsible? More importantly, how can we reclaim the full content and the powerful nature of the Gospel itself? In this book, retired pastor Lee Wyatt looks at the crisis in the church, one he believes is caused by our loss of this full Gospel message. To rebuild our understanding he then revisits Jesus, helping us to become acquainted with Him and the meaning of his mission. Then, and only then, with this rebuilt picture of Jesus, does he revisit evangelism, and tell us how we can turn our efforts to reach around the world. Only when we have “unshrunk” our gospel can we successfully evangelize.
A strong theological call for ending the abomination of systemic poverty Jesus's words "the poor you will always have with you" (Matthew 26:11) are regularly used to suggest that ending poverty is impossible, that poverty is a result of moral failures, and that the poor themselves have no role in changing their situation. In this book Liz Theoharis examines both the biblical text and the lived reality of the poor to show how that passage is taken out of context, distorted, and politicized to justify theories about the inevitability of inequality. Theoharis reinterprets "the poor you will always have with you" to show that it is actually one of the strongest biblical mandates to end poverty. She documents stories of poor people themselves organizing to improve their lot and illuminates the implications for the church. Poverty is not inevitable, Theoharis argues. It is a systemic sin, and all Christians have a responsibility to partner with the poor to end poverty once and for all.
"Feasting on the Word offers pastors focused resources for Sermon preparation, written by companions on the way. With four different essays on each of the four biblical texts assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary, this series offers preachers sixteen different ways into the proclamation of God's Word on any given occasion. For each reading, preachers will find brief essays on the exegetical, theological, homiletical, and pastoral challenges of the text. The page layout is unusual. By setting the biblical passage at the top of the page and placing the essays beneath it, we mean to suggest the interdependence of these four approaches without granting priority to any one of them. Some readers may decide to focus on the Gospel passage, for instance, by reading all four essays provided for that text. Others may decide to look for connections between the Hebrew Bible, Psalm, Gospel, and Epistle texts by reading the theological essays on each one. Wherever they begin, preachers will find what they need in a single volume produced by writers from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. These authors teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations. They write scholarly books as well as columns for the local newspaper. They oversee denominations. In all these capacities and more, they serve God's Word, joining the preacher in the ongoing challenge of bringing that Word to life.... We have been honored to work with a multitude of gifted thinkers, writers, and editors. We present these essays as their offering-and ours-to the blessed ministry of preaching."-From the introduction by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor
If traditional religion no longer holds you, yet you yearn for a deeply spiritual and intellectually satisfying communion with the great Mystery, this book offers the New Story, the Universe Story, that is evolving out of all that has gone before. Author Don Murray invites us into a quantum leap of consciousness that is now happening. He takes us through the 13.7 billion years of an evolving universe and assesses where humanity is, and how we can live into a creative future. Quantum physics, depth psychology, the human journey – which includes the biblical story – provide the material with which he weaves the New Story.
David Levandusky, has been pastoring for 41 years. He and his dear wife Carol have been married for 41 years and are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents to two grandchildren. David was saved at the age of 12 years old in an Assembly of God church in North Tonawanda, NY as a result of watching a Billy Graham film, called "Decade of Decision." At eighteen years of age he attended Zion Bible Institute in East Providence R.I. for two years. After Pastoring for five years in Belvidere, Vermont, he finished his third year of Bible College at Faith School of Theology in Charleston, Me. He earned his Bachelor Degree and Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Christian Counseling from the American Bible College and Seminary from Bethany, Oklahoma. He has served Pastoral ministry in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He presently Pastors Living Waters Assembly of God in Greenfield, Ma. where he has been Pastoring for 21 years. Robert Wise, District Pastor/Superintendent, Southern New EnglandMinistry Network of the Assemblies of God. "I found myself being drawn in as I read and compared the material. Questions I have wrestled with in the past persuaded me to read the material more slowly and watch for evidence of timing. My over all impression was a growing sense of the presence of Jesus as I made my way through the sequences of the scripture. I believe serious bible students and pastors will find your book delightfully informative and inspiring! It will prove to be a valuable addition to their libraries and their lives!" Dr. Stanley M. Horton, Th.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bible and Theology of Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and Central Bible College, Springfield, Mo. "These chapters in the Gospels are prominent and extremely important. Your comments and arrangement of the parallel chapters are helpful and very well done." Dr. Russell K. Pier, President/Emeritus and Founder of Faith School of Theology, and presently the Founder and Administrator of Pentecostal Conservative School of the Bible. ..".. This is an amazing work of detailed research that would intrigue any serious student of the Bible. I have read many of the harmonies of the Gospels, but nothing that was so focused on these last 10 days in the life of Christ. I recommend this to everyone ..." Dr. Charles Crabtree, President of Zion Bible College, Haverhill, Ma., former Assistant Superintendent of the General Council Assemblies of God. "It was my privilege to receive a copy of the book "The Ten Last Days of Jesus" by David Levandusky. In my opinion, any student of God's Word would benefit from this remarkable tool. It clarifies the final days of Christ in a very simple, graphic and profound way. I believe many will use this special gift to the church of Jesus Christ." Pastor Barry Warren, Pastor of the Greenfield Missionary and Alliance Church, Greenfield, Ma. "Imagine your family sitting in your living room sharing stories of a loved one who had passed away. Each memory shared would be accurate but told through the lens of the individual telling it and as each person shares, a whole picture of the loved one emerges, more complete than any one individual's picture. Similarly, each Gospel writer gives a unique snapshot of Jesus. Pastor Levandusky has done us a great favor by putting the Gospel stories of the most important ten days of the life of Jesus into such a perspective." Pastor Larry Riddle, Pastor of Moores Corner Church, North Leverett, Ma. for 32 years. 1978 - Present. "My dear brother has written an intricate and detailed book of the Last Ten Days of Jesus life that will be a most welcome addition to all Pastors libraries and to the serious student of its word. It is an exhaustive work that required much time and labor and I commend my brother in this fine work."

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