The Jesus Way

The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson
a conversation on the ways that Jesus is the way

This is the second book from this series that I've read (Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places)...so far both have been very good, I can't wait to get through the remainder:

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers
Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ

Here are the dog-ears and highlights of this book, the bookends - the beginning and ending notes summarize the book for me:

pg. 1 - "The ways Jesus goes about loving and saving the world are personal: nothing disembodied, nothing abstract, nothing impersonal. Incarnate, flesh and blood, relational, particular, local."

  • pg. 1 - contrasted by the ways of North American culture
  • pg. 6 - strong commentary on consumer church
  • pg. 14 - confession of mutuality
  • pg. 32 - comment on life vs. LIFE
  • pg. 48 - faith not acquired by mastering "faith skills"
  • pg. 53 - the Moriah test - are we using God or are we letting God use us?
  • pg. 74 - messy community life
  • pg. 91 - the way of confession
  • pg. 95 - isolation as a consequence of sin
  • pg. 103 - customizing God
  • pg. 110 - harlotry in worship
  • pg.116 - "they had grown up in a country with gaudy gods, stunning god statuary and god temples, with an elaborate priesthood that directed you on how to get the most out of them."
  • pg. 117 - dealing with God or an image of God?
  • pg. 126 - the role of the prophet
  • pg. 145 - life vs. LIFE
  • pg. 178 - the harsh reality of following Jesus
  • pg. 179 - we are not excluded from His servant ways (and on pg. 180)
  • pg. 206 - NT Wright quote - "It is not enough to say one's prayers in private, maintain high personal morality, and then go to work to rebuild the tower of Babel. The substance and structure of the different aspects of our world need to be interrogated in the light of the unique achievement of Jesus."
  • pg. 231 - following Jesus into the sacred buildings
  • pg. 239 - Jesus and the Essenes
  • pg. 242 - following Jesus the Thomas way
And the other bookend, from pg. 271:
"Herod, Caiaphas, and Josephus, all three in their lifetimes, were more influential and more effective than Jesus. The three protest movements prominent during the years when Jesus was announcing the presence of God's kingdom and when his resurrection church was in formation - Pharisees, Essenes, and Zealots - all attracted far more followers than did Jesus.

And here's the sobering thing: they still do. We are faced with this wonderful, or not-so wonderful irony: Jesus - most admired, most worshiped (kind of), most written about. And least followed."

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