Loving Jesus
  
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The essence of spirituality is loving God, says Powell. The Bible, the Talmud, and the Qu'ran all direct their followers not merely to believe in God, to trust God, to obey God, and to serve God - but to love God. Can we learn to love God? In this biblical spirituality for today, Powell's earnest plea is for Christians to revisit their faith not by blazing in religious enthusiasm but by harboring a steadier flame and deeper commitment. Living at the poetic heart of faith, he argues, entails seeing the coordinates of religious life in a new way. Powell espouses the old-fashioned idea of piety. Drawing on his wide knowledge of the Bible and Christian tradition, as well as insights from his own journey, he shows how simple religious practices move us beyond the old certitudes of a naîve and youthful faith into the less certain but more bracing terrain of a second naîveté, a closer walk with Jesus. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Mark Allan Powell is Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. His publications include Fortress Introduction to the Gospels (1997) and God with Us (Fortress Press, 1995). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly approach to piety. September 9, 2009
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"Loving Jesus" is by Mark Allen Powell, the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus Ohio, and he was the keynote speaker at the 2009 LIFT event of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. He has several important scholarly books to his credit and is in the front rank of those who explain and encourage piety without leaving taking off their academic hat.
This is not as easy or as common a skill as it may seem. On the one hand, you have superb scholars such as Gordon Fee who write very good books on reading the Bible for a lay audience, but in spite of Professor Fee's personal piety, virtually none of it comes out in his books beyond the Introduction. On the other hand, we have Bart Ehrman, a NT scholar of the first water, who can explain difficult issues of textual criticism to a lay audience better than anyone else, but who has left the faith for agnosticism. In between, we have Powell. I was thoroughly convinced of his scholarly chops when I read his survey of recent writings on the historical Jesus (Jesus as a Historical Figure). Therefore, I was quite surprised to hear his LIFT keynote address. It had none of the histrionics of a TV evangelist, but it had a level of piety which eclipsed that of most lay people I know, and even some clergy I have known. The very best thing was that the piety was not in spite of his scholarship. It was amplified and strengthened by his scholarship.
The good news for us today is that this book, Loving God, has virtually all the ideas which Professor Powell expressed in his LIFT address, in greater detail, with all Biblical references fully laid out. And that's just the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As titled December 29, 2009
By Dust
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Previous reviewers, apparently well qualified, esteem this work.

I came away happy from this: it put me in touch with a precious idea.

Somehow, the notion that God loves his creatures never got purchase with me.
He created this, and it was good, then he created that and it was good, then he created man and woman and that was good. But eventually, everybody was sinning and falling short of the glory of God. Next up, God sends his son to die for us so things can be better between us.

What was missing was the trip to the pet store to buy the puppy that the little boy loves so much. The little boy is so delighted with that puppy; that is HIS PUPPY. Imagine God, who actually CREATED human beings, imagine how pleased and happy he is, just watching us. Makes us happy to love him back.

Jesus loved him back, and is our best trailblazer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Another Way to Be "Evangelical" May 24, 2005
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This is excellent grace-filled theology without being "theological." Offers a way to joyous Christianity without neglecting life's ambiguities. Takes ecclesiology (the church) seriously while acknowledging the power of American individualism. This is a way home to the historic church for people who want a lively faith. If you love someone, send them "Loving Jesus." --Pastor Eidsvoll
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK FOR A LENTEN JOURNEY March 26, 2007
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The author has an everyday life way of explaining his point of view. He gives you some facts - tries your hypothesis and then breaks it down for you before you know it - and gives you a way to meet Jesus and understand him that you haven't felt or thought of before. Its a great book, an easy read and truly enjoyable and faith inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVING JESUS January 30, 2009
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We are using this book as a part of our Sunday School class at Zion Lutheran Church. It is very eye opening and reflective to read what he has written. Enjoying it very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful and helpful April 6, 2013
By Lisa
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Mark Allan Powell's book is an engaging and inspiring look at Christian discipleship. Although his book is packed full of well-reasoned theology, Powell presents his ideas in a down-to-earth and easy-to-read little book. Great for pastors and parishioners alike, this book is a refreshing take on Christian piety, helping its readers understand and explore what it means to follow Jesus in a complicated and broken world. I also recommend Powell's book on stewardship, "Giving to God," as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Loving Jesus" by Mark Allan Powell August 9, 2011
By J. Lose
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I like the book very much. It is a good, clear, concise presentation of the Christian faith. I've been helped by Mark Powell's writing. One of the point I found helpful is that God gives each person a certain amount of faith - faith the size of a grain of mustard seed. Instead of praying for more faith, we might pray for and seek to grow in our understanding of the Lord. I recommend the book highly for many reasons.
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