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A world according to God : practices for putting faith at the center of your life
Stortz, Martha Ellen, 1952-
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2004]

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xv, 184 pages ; 24 cm
Imagining a world according to God -- Discipleship : meeting Peter again for the first time -- Baptism : joining the journey -- The Lord's Supper : sustaining the body of Christ -- Prayer : conversations along the way -- Forgiveness : healing and being healed -- Remembering : loving with a resurrection affection -- Fidelity : promising ourselves body, mind, soul, and spirit -- Practicing resurrection.
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Many Christians struggle to make the connection between our faith and the rest of our lives, particularly moral issues large and small. We inhabit a world, says Martha Ellen Stortz, that is split into two parts: one presided over by advice columnists and the media, the other a world according to God. But that world according to God is not always easy to discern. What does it mean, indeed, to live with God as our touchstone? How does that affect the way we behave, our identity, and the way we see the world?  

Martha Ellen Stortz explores essential Christian practices of discipleship such as baptism, prayer, communion, forgiveness, and fidelity to help readers understand more deeply what it means to live in "a world according to God." The book makes the connections between Christian practices and the moral life in a way that will help believers retrieve both a sense of the sacred and a commitment to the world, and that will strengthen us so that we can live according to their most profound beliefs. Filled with lively anecdotes and fresh interpretations-informed by solid theological understanding-the book offers new insights into what it means to put faith at the center of life. 

Author Notes

Martha Ellen Stortz is professor of historical theology and ethics at Pacific Lutheran Seminary, a branch of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In the best tradition of theological writing, theologian Stortz, who teaches at Pacific Lutheran Seminary, offers faith-filled reflections on the practices that are essential to Christianity and the activities that make one a follower of Jesus: discipleship, baptism, the Lord's supper, prayer, forgiveness, remembering, fidelity and resurrection. For contemporary Christians, these practices from the life of Jesus are not so much techniques as they are activity and leitmotif, metaphors that provide interpretation of and guidance for living. Their re-enactment by Christians serves as a reminder of faith. Thus, baptism, which brings one into the church, makes the believer a member of God's family and initiates relationships with God and fellow Christians that structure a lifetime. Stortz's Christianity is devout yet not dogmatic, solidly based in Christian scripture yet not narrowly so. Her chapter on fidelity-love nurtured over time and bounded and renewed by promises-as a way of life presents original thinking about responsible Christian sexual ethics far from the culture wars over protecting the sanctity of marriage and equally far from laissez-faire libertarianism. She insightfully suggests that Jesus upon the cross cannot by himself forgive his persecutors, but instead asks his father to perform that loving miracle. Stortz's prose is often lyrical or striking-the dead "teach us a resurrection affection"-a rare quality in theological writing. This short book is fresh and profound. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Ron Hansen
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1. Imagining a World According to Godp. 1
2. Discipleship: Meeting Peter Again for the First Timep. 19
3. Baptism: Joining the Journeyp. 33
4. The Lord's Supper: Sustaining the Body of Christp. 53
5. Prayer: Conversations Along the Wayp. 71
6. Forgiveness: Healing and Being Healedp. 93
7. Remembering: Loving with a Resurrection Affectionp. 113
8. Fidelity: Promising Ourselves Body, Mind, Soul, and Spiritp. 131
9. Practicing Resurrectionp. 153
Notesp. 165
Recommended Readingp. 169
The Authorp. 171
Indexp. 173