This imaginative approach to Jesus studies chronicles the journey of Norm, a fictional college graduate who travels to the Middle East to see if he can study Jesus and follow him at the same time, and if curiosity will make him a better disciple or no disciple at all.
Norm sets out on an adventure to investigate the New Testament and the life of Jesus for himself, hitchhiking simultaneously across the Gospels and the land. His travels offer students and lay readers a creative and engaging way to explore many of the major questions in Jesus studies today. Will Norm be able to reconcile his Christian faith with critical scholarship? As readers follow his faith journey, they learn the importance of asking probing questions. The book's lavish, journal-style interior design--featuring maps, photos, doodles, sketches, and email exchanges between Norm and his professor--makes it fun to read.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday Book Giveaway!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Jesus of John's Gospel
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I am an evangelical. It defines the way I think (my orthodoxy), how I act (my orthopraxy), and how I relate to God, to others and my world (my orthopathy). This is a joyful and hopeful way of being a Christian. An evangelical loves God greatly, and seeks to serve others and bless the world. An evangelical is eager to engage in a community of faith that worships and encourages discipleship, and engages in mission around the world and in a neighborhood. This is that faith that is part of my heritage. This is the brand of Christianity that I have chosen. I am proud to be an evangelical.
But a crime has been committed. I am an evangelical, and I have been robbed.
American culture is eager to talk about religion, and this becomes very apparent as national politics heat up. In this cycle, I am hearing the term “evangelical” bantered around more frequently. Unfortunately this term is used to describe a wide range of people:
- Those eager to decide who is in and who is out
- Those who see God as stingy
- Those who hold tightly to a strict set of doctrines and question anyone outside of their fenceposts
- Those who are certain who goes to heaven, and who goes to hell
- Those who ascribe to well defined and narrow moral and social values
- Those who see evangelical as a synonym for Republican
I am proud to be an evangelical both theologically and genealogically, but the term has been hijacked.