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Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions
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Tim Keller explains why there’s so much wrong with our world and how you help change it. Answers to life's biggest questions are revealed by what happened to those who met Jesus personally.
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Encounters with Jesus
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Who am I meant to be?
How can I live a successful life?
Why is there so much wrong with our world today?
Am I part of the problem? What can I do to help change that?
These are the big, seemingly unanswerable questions that everyone must ask and then answer in life. In Encounters With Jesus, New York Times-bestselling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller explores Jesus' answers to life's biggest questions by showing what happened to those who met Jesus personally.
Jesus changed the lives of nearly every person he met in the Gospels. These were powerful experiences that can have a profound effect on us today and help explain not only different aspects of Christianity, but the deep questions of life itself.
One of the biggest obstacles for people to accept or believe in Christianity is that they think they know all about it already. After all, hasn’t it been around for thousands of years? Doesn’t everybody know what Christians believe?
But if we look at Jesus’ encounters with various men and women during his life, we will find some of our assumptions challenged. These conversations were not about personal sins or specific religious views and practices, nor were they a set of talking points or a political platform.
Instead, in these encounters we see him meeting people at the point of their big, unspoken questions: Who are we, and why are we here? Why be a good person; why love instead of hate? What’s wrong with the world—And what, if anything, can make it right?
The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus in this way. Timothy Keller highlights ten of these encounters, including his meeting a sceptical student, a religious insider, an outcast, even Satan himself, and proves how invaluable the lessons from these encounters are for contemporary readers.
Encounters with Jesus by Timothy Keller was published by Hodder Faith in November 2013 and is our 8011th best seller. The ISBN for Encounters with Jesus is 9781444754131.
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Encounters With JesusDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
One of the joys of reviewing books is that from to time an absolute cracker crosses your desk and catches you completely unawares. Encounters with Jesus is one such book. This is an absolute delight to read—engaging, imaginative and genuinely original.
Essentially, Encounters with Jesus offers the reader ten bible studies on physical encounters Jesus had as reported in the gospel of John.
Whereas some biblical scholars would analyse these encounters from a doctrinal or historical or cultural or linguistic perspective, Timothy Keller focuses instead of what Jesus is teaching us about the really big questions of life—why are we here? What is the world for? What’s wrong with it? what can we do about it?
His approach is rooted in an approach to scripture focused on ‘listening to the text’, which for me means lectio divina. What happens to our understanding of scripture when we allow ourselves to dwell in it?
Encounters with Jesus is based on two distinct lecture series that the author undertook on both sides of the Atlantic—although this is not too apparent to the reader. The first five encounters are therefore focused on individual encounters and the second five on pivotal events in Jesus’ life.
One little niggle is that the biblical references for the ten encounters are not listed on the contents page under the chapter headings—that would be a huge gain for preachers like me! I will pencil them in.
Nonetheless, together these 10 encounters make for absolutely compelling reading. Enjoy!
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|Page last updated||3rd September 2016|
|Author / Artist||Timothy Keller|
|Publisher||Hodder Faith (November 2013)|
|Number of Pages||240|