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Provocative Grace

Provocative Grace

The Challenge in Jesus' Words  

by Robert Corin Morris
Bible Study Spiritual Practice

A restless search is on.

Cover stories about the "real" Jesus are on the increase in news magazines, best sellers based on alternative Gospels, and documentaries. Whether you're a devout Christian, an inquiring seeker or a rank skeptic, this book is for you if you wish to explore the teaching of Jesus.

Provocative Grace focuses on the words of Jesus, not as rules to live by but as challenges to precipitate growth into greater maturity. Morris asks us to enlarge our existing concepts and to stretch our beliefs about Jesus beyond the borders of formal Christianity and what we learned in Sunday school.

"The Jesus of the Gospels, in all his modes of encountering people—as prophet, healer, wisdom teacher, mystic, social critic, and nonviolent revolutionary—is a disturber of our immaturities, one who challenges us to find and use our strengths," writes Morris. "Jesus was neither a rule maker or idealist but a provocateur. Rather than impossible ideals imposed upon us, his sayings are proddings to grow step-by-step, by trial-and-error learning, into the best possibilities of our nature."

Listen to Jesus' words not with an attitude of uncritical acceptance or blind faith but rather with an openness to hear the message in a fresh way. Provocative Grace dares us to wrestle with Jesus' sayings and to experience a vivid revelation of God's love and grace.

Each chapter helpfully arranges the book so that it may be an aid to personal reflection, journaling, or discussion.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-9848-5
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 05/01/2006
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 9.0000 x 6.0000

An Episcopal priest, Robert Corin Morris is a spiritual director, teacher, and writer who founded Interweave, an ecumenical, interfaith, and interdisciplinary adult learning center ""for spirituality, wellness and the common good"" in 1980. He served as director from 1980?2012. A graduate of Yale University, The General Theological Seminary, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Morris authored three books including Wrestling with Grace, Provocative Grace, and Suffering and the Courage of God. He also contributed to The Upper Room's Spiritual Formation Bible. Morris lives in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife of half a century, Suzanne, still teaches at Interweave, works in antiracism education with the Summit Interfaith Council, and promotes interfaith dialogue in events like the annual ""Jews and Christians Study Text Together."

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