- Series: Facets
- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Augsburg Books (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800636325
- ISBN-13: 978-0800636326
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Call to Discipleship (Facets) Paperback – November 1, 2003
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About the Author
Karl Barth was Professor of Theology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century. Among his many works are The Epistle to the Romans, Church Dogmatics, and Evangelical Theology: An Introduction.
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How does Barth describe the life of discipleship? What does it look like and how is it "good news" in his words?
The call of Jesus is grace and the walk of discipleship is salvation. It's simple, like Bonhoeffer put it. It's only a matter of yes or no.
...and seeing the call as grace and salvation itself is the propellant for obedience.
Barth's language on discipleship was strong and unwavering. Often, discipleship feels skirted and Jesus' words are explained away with a, "Well... that's surely not what he meant because I know Jesus wanted to bring me a better life - so, he doesn't really want me to do EXACTLY what he said."
...and it's the strength and unwavering words of Barth's essay that might make it hard for a lot of us to read (I'm still chewing on some of the implications). But: I think that's necessary.
I believe our western Christianity has become accustomed to pacification; far too frequently heavier questions receive flippant answers (and we grow to like the alleviation from the question's weight).
Barth comes as a relief to this flirtation with but not faithfulness to the grace-filled walk with Jesus.