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Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus Words Perfect Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2006
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An ordained Episcopal priest, Robert Corin Morris has long been an active voice in Jewish-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogue. In 1980, Morris founded Interweave, an inter-faith learning center located in Summit, New Jersey, where he still serves as the organizations executive director. This non-profit ministry seeks to equip people of all faiths for a more holistic approach to daily living-one that combines practical skills with traditional spirituality. A graduate of both Yale University and The General Theological Seminary, Morris was also a contributor to the Spiritual Formation Bible.Robert C. Morris is the founding director of Interweave, an interfaith adult education center in Summit, New Jersey, which offers publications and spiritual training combining the wisdom of depth psychology, the wellness arts, and traditional spiritual practices. An Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Newark, he is a spiritual director, retreat leader, conference speaker, and writer who contributed to the Spiritual Formation Bible. Morris received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from The General Theological Seminary. In addition, he has received training in mind-body medicine meditation methods and earned his certificate in spiritual direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
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It is brilliant. It is subversive and challenging and completely "in your face." It turns conventional easy legalism on its head, and then kicks it out the door.
For anyone interested in ethics, I strongly recommend it. Morris comes right out and says that it is not the intention of this book to "convert" anyone. He wants to look at what it is that we say we believe in - and how closely our popular interpretations line up with what's really said.
Punchline: conventional Christianity doesn't line up well with Christ's actions at all.
The basic "rules" of Christianity are 1) be kind to everyone - and it means everyone, even the people who hate you and whom you hate, be KIND, and 2) don't judge people, period. You don't know what they're up against and you're not qualified. So, take your sanctimonious self-satisfaction and shove it. You be *kind.* Feed anyone who is hungry. Protect anyone who needs safety - of any kind. Be gentle to all. Period.
It's actually a pretty straight-forward set of instructions.
It's really too bad they aren't followed more closely.
So, when you meet someone who claims to be a Christian, but doesn't live and act according to those two basic ideas - I implore you, blame (if you must) the human. God isn't in those actions. He's no where around. That's all mankind, right there, building our own hell here on earth.