Continuing his spiritual theology series, Peterson considers the path Jesus preached compared to the road the American church has practiced. His extensive study of Old Testament characters reveals how the focus of current Christianity---consumerism, celebrity, and charisma---obliterates what's unique in New Testament faith. A stunning analysis of a personal Christ vs. an impersonal church. 288 pages, hardcover from Eerdmans.
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Review 1 for The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
Date:September 30, 2009
It's a joy to hear again from Eugene Peterson, who is not only an important theological voice, but the best writer in the contemporary church. In this book he defines the way of Jesus biblically, first in Jesus' own terms, then in Old Testament terms. We see that the way of the incarnate Word is rooted in the way of the pre-incarnate Word, shown by the great figures of the Old Testament. Then in Part II Peterson lays out the various ways and means of so-called leadership, secular and religious, that were available to Jesus, on display in the world. We learn the distinctions between those and the Jesus way. The contrasting ways are precisely the same as now. So as we today face the temptation to live out our faith in faithless ways we learn to ask not "What WOULD Jesus do?" but "What DID Jesus do?"
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Review 2 for The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
Date:April 22, 2008
I had lost track of Eugene Peterson, although two of his earlier books had been read. This one, is a treasure and now looke like an AAA road map with my highlights for future reference.