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Amid a sea of books on Christian spiritual formation, McKnight, professor of religious studies at North Park University in Chicago, brings us a simple, highly readable one focused on the weightiest teaching of Jesus: love God and love others as yourself. The "Jesus Creed" of the title is a trimmed down version of the Shema of Judaism (Deut. 6:4–9), which declares we are to love God with all our being, amended to include caring for one's neighbor as oneself (Lev. 19:18). Packed with vivid and touching stories—from the Bible, history and the author's life—this book covers important aspects of what it means to love God and others. McKnight shows great respect for the Jewish heritage of Jesus and offers readers scholarly, yet highly accessible, illustrations of the sociocultural landscape of first-century Palestine. The book is slim on doctrine, making no comment on the thorny theological squabbles that divide many Christians. That's refreshing for the reader tired of the squabbling, but may leave others wondering what love does require in certain difficult situations. Still, this book is an excellent introduction to Christian spirituality. Its pages glow with compassion, generosity and the invitation to understand what was important to Jesus and what is crucial for Christianity.
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The local Lutheran Pastor said he chose this book for his Adult Bible Study Class because he didn't feel the class members could understand anything more involved or academic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Colorado Kid
Getting the basics right in our Christian faith is so important. Mr McKnight helps us understand what Jesus clearly showed us in the gospels. Love God. Love your neighbor.Published 6 months ago by William R. Mayes
Not finished reading the whole book as yet.
Church giving sermons and backfeed on it.
Scot takes the heart of the gospel and the message of Jesus and develops them into a clear message as to what we as His children are to be occupying ourselves with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mcrick54
Has answered many questions about the Jewish faith I always though disrespectful to ask. I also had wondered HOW Jesus grew up, this book helps let your mind wander back through... Read morePublished 9 months ago by andrea cutter
This is such an awesome book!!!! A lot of information and knowledge in the readingPublished 10 months ago by shopaholic