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The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Wayby Eugene H. Peterson
Synopses & Reviews
A way of sacrifice. A way of failure. A way on the margins. A way of holiness. All of these ways prepared the "way of the Lord" that became incarnate and complete in Jesus. But somewhere along the line, have we lost the way? In The Jesus Way Eugene Peterson continues his conversation in spiritual theology, considering all the ways that Jesus is the Way compared to the distorted ways the American church today has chosen to follow. BJ Arguing that the way Jesus leads and the way we follow are symbiotic, Peterson begins with a study of how the ways of those who came before Christ - Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Isaiah of Jerusalem, and Isaiah of the Exile - revealed and prepared the "way of the Lord" that became complete in Jesus. He then challenges the ways of the contemporary American church, showing in stark relief how what we have chosen to focus on - consumerism, celebrity, charisma, and so forth - obliterates what is unique in the Jesus way.
Following his "Eat This Book" as the third of a five-volume series on spiritual theology, Eugene Peterson continues his theological conversation with the church in "The Jesus Way." Here he considers all the ways that Jesus is the Way compared to the distorted ways the modern American church has chosen to follow.
Arguing that the way Jesus leads and the way that we follow are symbiotic, Peterson begins with an extensive study of how the ways of those who came before Christ — Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Isaiah of Jerusalem, and Isaiah of the Exile — revealed and prepared the "way of the Lord" that became complete in Jesus. He then challenges the ways of the contemporary American church, showing in stark relief how what we have chosen to focus on — consumerism, celebrity, charisma, and so on — obliterates what is unique in the Jesus way.
A stunning analysis of the gap between the personal Jesus and the impersonal modern church, "The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way" is sure to engender debate and to inspire a movement back to the true way of Christ.
About the Author
Eugene H. Peterson is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: "the purification of means" - The way of Jesus — Jesus : "I am the way ..." — Metaphor — Discernment — Temptation — Ways — Abraham : climbing Mount Moriah — Faith — Sacrifice — Testing — Moses : on the plains of Moab — Moses and the five books — Every idle word ... — A congregational language — "Gospel me to the Garden" — David : "I did not hide my iniquity" — The narrative — The prayers — Elijah : "Hide yourself by the Brook Cherith" — Ahab — The widow — Baal — Yahweh — Naboth — Ahaziah — Isaiah of Jerusalem : the holy — "In the year that King Uzziah died ..." — "I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne ..." — Midian and Patmos — "And He touched my mouth ..." — Holy God and holy stump — The non-negotiable holy — Isaiah of the exile : "how beautiful on the mountains" — Exile — Your God — My servant — Beauty — Otherways — The way of Herod — Jesus and Herod — The Pharisees — Jesus and the Pharisees — Praying on the way with Mary — The way of Caiaphas — Jesus and Caiaphas — The Essenes — Jesus and the Essenes — Praying on the way with Thomas — The way of Josephus — Jesus and Josephus — The zealots — Jesus and the zealots — Praying on the way with the resurrection Christians — Appendix: some writers on discerning the way.
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