Difficult. Unnerving. Impractical! The poor in spirit are blessed. The city sitting on a hill has no hope of being hid. Money & God? One or the other. Don't Judge. These are all, of course, quite familiar injunctions given by Jesus to his followers in his Sermon on the Mount. But we so often soften them; ignore them; change them. Join Addison Hodges Hart on a journey into consideration of Jesus' words afresh and come away Taking Jesus at his Word.
Finally, someone who not only studies the Scriptures but also makes sense of them for life here and now, up close and personal! Thanks to Addison Hodges Hart--whose writing is warm, real, and lilting--the Sermon on the Mount comes alive as a veritable template to guide us through the twists and turns of our lives. This is a beautiful book, one that promises to be read over and over again.
As ironic as it may seem, it's more popular these days to call Jesus 'Lord' than it is to strive to do what he taught. For all who want to follow Jesus' teachings, Taking Jesus at His Word is a beautiful gift. I'm grateful to Hart--and more amazed than ever by Jesus.
-Brian D. McLaren
Addison Hart comes to the Sermon on the Mount seeking bedrock guidance from Jesus for the fundamental question facing all of us, Christian and non-Christian alike: How should I live my life? Hart's reflections provide thoughtful insights into these bracing teachings of Jesus. This isn't the last word on the Sermon, but it will help readers find for themselves Jesus' path of life.
-Rodney A. Whitacre
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