The Gospel as Conversation: Texts, Sermons, and Questions for Reflection: A Study Guide

The Gospel as Conversation: Texts, Sermons, and Questions for Reflection: A Study Guide

by James Boyd White

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How are we to read the Gospels and bring them into our lives? The idea of this book is that the Gospels are not merely rules for life, or stories illustrating moral lessons, or statements of theological doctrine, but invitations to thought and conversation. The Gospels are full of problems, uncertainties, and tensions; these difficulties call upon us to engage with the Gospels in a new way: to read them, to ask questions about them, to live with them, alone and together. The way we do that is by a kind of conversation, with each other, or within ourselves. The Gospel as Conversation is meant to engage the reader in the conversation by which the Gospels maintain their life today among us.
It contains Gospel passages, sermons given on those passages, and questions for reflection. It is intended both for individual readers and for groups in adult education classes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625640161
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: Study Guid
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James Boyd White is a lay reader in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. He is also Hart Wright Professor of Law Emeritus, Professor of English Emeritus, formerly Adjunct Professor of Classics at the University of Michigan, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of many books, most recently Connecting to the Gospel: Texts, Sermons, Questions and Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 A Prophet Not without Honor 1

2 "Many of His Disciples Turned Back" 8

3 Trust and Fear 15

4 The Widow's Mite 22

5 The Temptation of Jesus 28

6 Amos and the Good Samaritan 36

7 The Woman in the Synagogue 44

8 Lazarus and Dives 50

9 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 57

10 The Annunciation to Joseph 64

11 Abraham and Nicodemus 71

12 "I Am in My Father, and You in Me, and I in You" 80

13 "I Am with You Always, to the End of the Age" 87

14 Jesus' Imagistic Thinking 96

15 Living Together in Unity 103

16 Suffering 111

17 "Keep Awake" 119

18 "The Kingdom of God Has Come Near" 126

19 The Transfiguration of Jesus 133

20 Palm Sunday 139

21 "Love One Another as I Have Loved You" 147

22 Jesus' Healing 154

23 "Who Then Is This?" 161

24 "Whoever Believes Has Eternal Life" 167

25 "You Are the Messiah" 173

26 The Rich Young Man 180

27 Christ the King 187

28 Repent or Perish 193

29 The Resurrection of Jesus 200

30 Jesus in the Locked Room 208

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