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 an entire life. Disciples whinge approximately now not understanding the vacation spot; they be concerned approximately discovering the best way. yet position and course come jointly in an individual, who identifies himself in a chain of sayings certain to this gospel. over the years and in neighborhood, disciples tackle the id of the only whom they persist with. "I AM" turns into "YOU ARE." Called to Follow
examines the gospel's argument for discipleship by means of exploring how an recognition to time, bright encounters, probing questions, issues of id, and practices maintain the adventure and preserve fellow tourists on track.
"Many non secular texts and lecturers concentrate on supplying one-size-fits-all answers. Called to Follow demonstrates as an alternative the price of fruitful questions--questions that carry new and deepened point of view 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 lifestyles, Stortz demonstrates that the best query can provide modern recipients clean techniques to the problems and events 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 student and compassionate advisor, indicates us how to learn Scripture for come across, not only details. via luminous prose, she brings John's Jesus into dialog with daily event, different Gospels, and Christian theology. A must-read for all these focused on exploring the questions so much pertinent to discipleship in our age."
--Diane M. Millis, writer of Deepening Engagement and Conversation--The Sacred Art
"Ever aware of the standard 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 determining key practices that supply the relational glue for fans of Jesus within the trip of religion. i'm wanting 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 in regards to the complete thought of being a follower of someone, 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 inner most wants and life's so much provocative questions."
--Mark S. Hanson, govt Director, Christensen middle for Vocation, Augsburg collage; Presiding Bishop Emeritus, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
"Who will you keep on with? during this very good ebook, Stortz invitations us to keep on with 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, puzzled, and invited to stick with Him?"
--Kathleen A. Cahalan, Professor of sensible Theology, Saint John's institution 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 international in response to God (2004).