The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 289 pages
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.

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I picked up this book as a bargain deal here. Best bargain I've ever gotten. The chapters related to Elijah and Isaiah are worth full price or more. Buy this book. Read this book. You will not be disappointed. Read full review

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It's a joy to hear again from Eugene Peterson, who is not only an important theological voice, but the best writer in the contemporary church. In this book he defines the way of Jesus biblically ... Read full review

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Contents

And He Touched My Mouth
135
Holy God and Holy Stump
138
The NonNegotiable Holy
147
Isaiah of the Exile How Beautiful on the Mountains
149
Exile
150
Your God
160
My Servant
170
Beauty
181

Sacrifice
49
Testing
52
Moses On the Plains of Moab
59
Moses and the Five Books
60
Every Idle Word
66
A Congregational Language
68
Gospel Me to the Garden
76
David I Did Not Hide My Iniquity
78
The Narrative
82
The Prayers
88
Elijah Hide Yourself by the Brook Cherith
101
Ahab
104
The Widow
107
Baal
109
Yahweh
113
Naboth
119
Ahaziah
122
Isaiah of Jerusalem The Holy
127
In the Year That King Uzziah Died
129
I Saw the Lord Sitting upon a Throne
132
Midian and Patmos
133
OTHER WAYS
191
The Way of Herod
197
Jesus and Herod
201
The Pharisees
206
Jesus and the Pharisees
212
Praying on the Way with Mary
216
The Way of Caiaphas
220
Jesus and Caiaphas
229
The Essenes
233
Jesus and the Essenes
239
Praying on the Way with Thomas
240
The Way of Josephus
243
Jesus and Josephus
252
The Zealots
255
Jesus and the Zealots
260
Praying on the Way with the Resurrection Christians
264
Some Writers on Discerning the Way
272
Index of Subjects and Names
277
Index of Scripture References
285
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Page 219 - ... as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Page 56 - What happens is a continual surrender of himself as he is at the moment to something which is more valuable. The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
Page 58 - No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Page 226 - Profaneness in my head, Defects and darkness in my breast, A noise of passions ringing me for dead Unto a place where is no rest : Poor Priest thus am I drest.
Page 92 - Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD" — and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Page 151 - How lonely sits the city [that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations!
Page 7 - For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Page 90 - I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
Page 136 - For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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About the author (2007)

Eugene H. Peterson is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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