Called to Follow: Journeys in John’s Gospel by Martha Ellen Stortz

By Martha Ellen Stortz

In John's Gospel Jesus enters as an grownup and concerns a call for participation: "Follow me." those that settle for the decision locate themselves at the trip of a life-time. Disciples bitch approximately no longer figuring out the vacation spot; they be troubled approximately discovering the best way. yet position and direction come jointly in someone, who identifies himself in a chain of sayings precise to this gospel. over the years and in group, disciples tackle the id of the single whom they stick to. "I AM" turns into "YOU ARE." Called to Follow examines the gospel's argument for discipleship through exploring how an realization to time, bright encounters, probing questions, concerns of identification, and practices maintain the adventure and continue fellow tourists on track.

"Many non secular texts and lecturers specialise in supplying one-size-fits-all answers. Called to Follow demonstrates in its place the worth of fruitful questions--questions that convey new and deepened standpoint to life's dilemmas. Jesus's probing questions, recorded within the Gospel of John, introduced new insights to his listeners. Drawing on her personal richly skilled and considerate existence, Stortz demonstrates that the suitable query may give modern recipients clean methods to the problems and occasions confronting them."
--Margaret R. Miles, professor emerita, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
 
"Accessible and applicable, Called to Follow reanimates the Gospel of John for modern audiences. Stortz, an insightful pupil and compassionate consultant, exhibits us how to learn Scripture for come across, not only info. via luminous prose, she brings John's Jesus into dialog with daily adventure, different Gospels, and Christian theology. A must-read for all these keen on exploring the questions such a lot pertinent to discipleship in our age." 
--Diane M. Millis, writer of Deepening Engagement and Conversation--The Sacred Art 
 
"Ever responsive to the typical implications of our religion, Stortz explores the Gospel of John to work out what traction it has for the present. Called to Follow reflects her dedication to picking key practices that supply the relational glue for fans of Jesus within the trip of religion. i'm desirous to use this e-book in a religious study in our congregation."
--Mark S. Brocker, Lead Pastor, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon

"Whether you self-identify as a follower of Jesus or a curious observer, otherwise you are deeply conflicted concerning the complete proposal of being a follower of an individual, Called to Follow is a must-read. Professor Stortz opens us to the Jesus in John's Gospel in a manner that addresses our heart's private wishes and life's such a lot provocative questions."
--Mark S. Hanson, govt Director, Christensen heart for Vocation, Augsburg collage; Presiding Bishop Emeritus, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Who will you keep on with? during this marvelous booklet, Stortz invitations us to stick to in addition to John's Jesus as he encounters humans, asks them provocative questions, and divulges himself totally because the divine i'm. Are you prepared to be encountered, wondered, and invited to keep on with Him?"
--Kathleen A. Cahalan, Professor of useful Theology, Saint John's college of Theology and Seminary

Martha Ellen Stortz is the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of faith and Vocation at Augsburg collage in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the writer of Blessed to Follow (2008) and A global in response to God (2004).

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