Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Salon ~ Cady and two books

A couple of Sundays back, I told you about Cady and her friend delivering Girl Scout cookies to me.  Yesterday, I went to her house to settle up all cookie sales, since I've been gathering orders from friends.  Cady and her mother (my daughter) have spent cold days selling the cookies with the other Scouts outside big-box stores, and today they are finished.  Cady, a former book reviewer for this blog, will be twelve next month.


These two books arrived in the mail yesterday.

Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus ~ by Robin R. Meyers, 2009, religion

The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives.  Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation.  Visit the author online at Here's a look at the Table of Contents:
Prologue: A Preacher's Nightmare: Am I a Christian?
1 Jesus the Teacher, Not the Savior
2 Faith as Being, Not Belief
3 The Cross as Futility, Not Forgiveness
4 Easter as Presence, Not Proof
5 Original Blessing, Not Original Sin
6 Christianity as Compassion, Not Condemnation
7 Discipleship as Obedience, Not Observance
8 Justice as Covenant, Not Control
9 Prosperity as Dangerous, Not Divine
10 Religion as Relationship, Not Righteousness
Epilogue: A Preacher's Dream: Faith as Following Jesus
The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus ~ by John Dominic Crossan, 2012, religion
Crossan:  "In 1969, I was teaching at two seminaries in the Chicago area. One of my courses was on the parables by Jesus and the other was on the resurrection stories about Jesus. I had observed that the parabolic stories by Jesus seemed remarkably similar to the resurrection stories about Jesus. Were the latter intended as parables just as much as the former? Had we been reading parable, presuming history, and misunderstanding both?"
Crossan examines Jesus's parables and identifies what he calls the "challenge parable" as Jesus's chosen teaching tool for gently urging his followers to probe, question, and debate the ideological absolutes of religious faith and the presuppositions of social, political, and economic traditions.  Moving from parables by Jesus to parables about Jesus, Crossan then presents the four gospels as "megaparables."  By revealing how the gospels are not reflections of the actual biography of Jesus but rather (mis)interpretations by the gospel writers themselves, Crossan reaffirms the power of parables to challenge and enable us to co-create with God a world of justice, love, and peace.

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Helen's Book Blog said...

Ah March, when Girl Scout cookies come out of the woodwork. We always get the thin mints and freeze some so they last longer

Jan said...

Girl Scout cookies bring back memories of both selling and eating them! Trying NOT to eat them led me to put them in the freezer, but then I found that they taste better frozen!

Those sound like good books. One reminiscent of the first is what I am currently reading by Diana Butler Bass: ""Religion Beyond Christianity."

Let me know in April when your birthday is, ok? My third child was born in April, and my mother was, too.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I was born April 26, 1940. Cady was born April 22, 2000, one day before her brother's ninth birthday on the 23rd.