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About the Author

David J. Lose holds the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has also served as Academic Dean. He is the author of Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (October 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806698489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806698489
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lose is the President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Previously, Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) where he served a term as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, and led the creative team that developed WorkingPreacher.org. Author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013) and the popular Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress, Lose has also written for the Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Christian Century. You can find his daily bible devotions and other reflections connecting faith to daily life at "...In the Meantime." Lose speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical imagination. But his favorite thing to do is hang out with his family in Kennett Square, PA, where he can play tennis, root for the Eagles, or get wrapped up in a game of Settlers of Catan with his kids.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wyo Rev on April 15, 2011
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David Lose continues with the conversation style he used to excellent effect in Making Sense of Scripture.
At first, like a previous reviewer, I found this construct to be a bit contrived. However, it becomes an excellent way to engage in a conversation with Lose about Christian theology.
I taught a course using Making Sense of Scripture, and, am now teaching this book.
We are enjoying the book immensely, and find Lose's insights to be provocative and illuminating.
This tends to be aimed at Lutherans - surely mainline Christians. I have recommended these "Making Sense" books to colleagues to consider for adult classes.
There are some wonderful insights in what David has to say.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Wilson on July 17, 2011
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One reviewer did not like the format so gave this book a poor rating. In checking into who Brian Sniffen is, I learned that he is a brilliant MIT engineer and computer expert, so certainly has a good mind. He may be right that this is not the right book for a very concrete, sequential reader with the mind of a computer geek.

HOWEVER, I find this fairly simple format an excellent way to present this material to one who may not have that level of formal education. It is conversational and works especially well as a small group, class, or discussion.

Further, David Lose is widely known for his clear, honest, and sensitive way of presenting deep spiritual truths.

So this just might be the right book for you or your group. I recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pr Dawn on September 6, 2012
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The format of this course makes its study available for different kind of learners. Dr. Lose's teaching style does the same. The people (20 or so) who participated became engaged because of accessibility, but also because they began to accept permission to voice the questions of their hearts and minds. As people became more comfortable with each other, there were lively discussions, and much thought, which is the engagement I longed for and they got into.

Since studying this book, we have studied another and will being Lose's Making Sense of Scripture next week.
Oh, another cool thing: 7 of the 15 people signed for this course, bought it for their Kindle! Yea, Kindle!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry J Laber on November 5, 2012
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We really liked the format of the book, two people talking about their faith. We found this to answer some of our questions and enabled us to have a more in depth conversation on the issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merre on January 10, 2013
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I love the book because of the way the author explains theology clearly and practically. I've loaned it out to non-Christians who like it, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darwin D. Garton on March 1, 2013
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This is the first book in this series from David Lose which I have read and used as a Bible Study. Excellent!
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This is part of a three-volume series on Making Sense of the Christian Faith, Scripture, and the Cross. Dr. Lose, formerly the Academic Dean and preaching professor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., is now the President of the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, part of the seminary system of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Dr. Lose is an excellent teacher who has chosen to write the book as a conversation between someone who has had some religious education but now as an adult is pretty far removed from it. The "questions of the learner" form the direction of the discussion. The "expert" freely admits difficulties with various ways of thinking about God and the Christian Church and forms a rather comprehensive view of Christian faith from the viewpoint of a non-literal reading of Scripture.

I have used the Christian Faith book as one book for my candidates for baptism (the other was Lose's book on Making Sense of Scripture) for two years with my catechumenate enrollees (new member class) that runs from September through Easter. Both the candidates and their sponsors have enjoyed the book and have found that Dr. Lose's style very accessible. I can offer highlights during our sessions but rarely do they have many questions.

I highly recommend this as a book for new members in giving them a thoughtful yet accessible introduction to Christianity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bryant on July 1, 2013
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Has DVD, lesson guide and study books. We are using this book in a discussion group of about 10 people. It makes everybody think.
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