First published in 1968, this contemporary case for vigorous Christian faith –– profusely illustrated by Charles Schulz‘s delightful peanuts cartoon strips –– sheds more light on the Christian faith and how it is to be lived than many more "serious" theological works, with hundreds of cartoons featuring your favorite peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, And of course, Snoopy (including the earliest red baron strips). This book‘s wise observations are as timeless as they are timely. "Short . . .succeeds in making theology enjoyable." ––Christian Century ". . . a real delight from beginning to end. I could not possibly be more pleased." ––Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts
The author of "The Gospel According to Peanuts" now turns his attention to the works and verses of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, who is hardly regarded as a Christian thinker. However, by drawing on the Bible and other works, Short presents quick theological readings of Seusss works.
Peter Rhea Jones has spent the majority of his career studying and teaching the parables. Studying the Parables of Jesus is a primer on the historical and -literary approaches to biblical study. It informs and inspires in dialogue with contemporary methods and contemporary meanings. It provides an introduction to the methods of interpretation of the parables as well as an opening chapter on the recent history of interpretation. The chapters of exegesis approach a select group of parables for a more intensive analysis. While reserving much of the technical details for the endnotes, the text includes -discussion of critical issues and alternative opinions. Questions and exercises are appended at the close of each chapter for personal use or classroom -discussion.
The Parables are indeed a good way to know Jesus on a more personal level! By doing more than just reading them (STUDYING THEM) you can learn the thoughts that were close to His heart. You can become more familiar with the things He thought were important. You can realize that He not only expects you to walk in God's will, but you will learn that He has told you how to do that! He never expected you to live to a certain standard without telling you how to accomplish it! All we have to do is study His word! It is His promise that "all things are possible..." even walking in His will!
(Dr. Joye Pugh, author) Everyone knows life is filled with ups and downs. My life has been richly blessed by the closeness of family and friends. I am so lucky and I thank God for the people He always sent my way to fill my days with more sunshine than rain. When storm clouds would gather around, it always seemed each storm, no matter how bad, ended in a rainbow. Looking for the stepping stones to find the path God designated for my life has not always been an easy task. Just like everyone else I, too, have stumbled and fell. In the South we call that experience, Òfalling off the turnip truck.Ó
Walt Kallestad, the senior pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in the United States, knows and understands spiritual seekers and new Christians. His newest book, written in plain English, explains the fundamental beliefs of Christian faith and what it means to be Christian. Free of religious jargon, Christian Faith: The Basics addresses the questions contemporary adults pose such as "How can I know God?" "Why is Jesus important?" "How do I know what's right and wrong?" "How do I become a Christian?" "Is there life after death?"Each easy-to-read chapter features discussion questions and a Bible-study to help prompt conversations in adult study groups or classes for new members.
While Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang have enjoyed the kind of success most cartoon characters can only dream about--becoming pop culture icons of the highest order and entering the global consciousness practically as family members--Robert Short's The Gospel According to Peanuts also has found a place in the hearts of many readers, with sales now totaling more than ten million copies. This anniversary edition features a new cover, a new interior design, and a new foreword by Martin E. Marty. Whether coming to the book for the first time or taking a second look, a delightful experience awaits in this modern-day guide to the Christian faith, fully illustrated with Peanuts.