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Beatitudes, Not Platitudes

Jesus' Invitation to the Good Life
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Beatitudes, Not Platitudes shows that the Beatitudes are not overused, well-worn answers to the question, ""What would Jesus do?"" Rather, they are undervalued and hardly touched claims that transform our destinies. More than spiritual nuggets for personal devotion, practical advice, or propositions to be believed, the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 envision and entail a reorientation of the good life in view of Jesus' kingdom. Jesus' teachings reveal to us that living our best purpose-driven life now involves dying to self and the world system, and dying for our enemies. Ideal for group study, this series of meditations on each of the Beatitudes, followed by cultural reflections and study questions, helps to bridge the gaps between personal devotion and societal revolution, the academic and the practical, the ancient and the contemporary. All of us want to be happy, to be well and blessed, and esteemed with honor. However, we look for happiness, wellness, blessing, and honor in different places and with mixed results. This book helps us reimagine the good life by taking a fresh look at the Beatitudes as citizens of Jesus' ever-new kingdom order. (Designer--Please use the first three names on this list for the back cover, the rest will go in the front cover) ""I was most impressed with Paul Louis Metzger's not only evangelical but also social-justice reading and interpretation of Jesus' powerful Beatitudes. May his tribe increase "" --Frederick Dale Bruner, author of Matthew: A Commentary ""For preachers and teachers who value Scripture, Paul Louis Metzger provides a robust theological reading of Scripture rooted in sound exegesis. In addition to the careful reading of the biblical text, Metzger offers historical, theological, social, and practical insights that call us to actually embody Scripture instead of just talking about it."" --Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity ""Beatitudes Not Platitudes reveals what we are missing when we bypass Jesus' Sermon on the Mount or minimize its meaning to avoid distressing ourselves. Paul Louis Metzger implores us to take a closer look and ponder Jesus' words. Jesus means to jolt us out of the status quo--even our American Christian status quo--so we will hunger for and cultivate the values of his kingdom. A wise and important book for such a time as this "" --Carolyn Custis James, author of The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules, and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World ""In clear and accessible prose, Paul Louis Metzger walks us through Jesus' simple but revolutionary introduction to the upside-down kingdom of God . . . With the heart of a friend and the mind of a scholar, Metzger guides us through the cultural setting and contemporary relevance for each of Jesus' beatitudes. This highly readable book provides a winsome vision for any Christian hungering to walk afresh in the way of Jesus. But it's also an exceptional resource for preachers and teachers who want to lead their people through this potent and beautiful section of Scripture."" --Matt Woodley, editor of Preaching Today, author of The Gospel of Matthew: God with Us ""Beatitudes, Not Platitudes is one of the few books in recent memory that meets more than one need in the church today. It is theologically informative and devotionally inspirational, while at the same time, it encourages us to be more sensitive to the social challenges that many are struggling to overcome. Paul Louis Metzger has written a masterpiece for our times."" --Jimi Calhoun, Lead Pastor, Bridging Austin, author of A Story of Rhythm and Grace: What the Church Can Learn from Rock and Roll About Healing the Racial Divide ""The Beatitudes are spiritual treasures. They are like diamonds that never lose their value or beauty with the passing of time. However, too often our church theologies and cultural challenges gloss them over with a thick venee

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9781532633133
    • Manufacturer: Cascade Books
    • ISBN 13: 9781532633133
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2018
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Paul Louis Metzger
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