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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
Just turning on the news lets us know we are living in uncertain times. Economic instabilities, eruptions of violence, and natural catastrophes can alter the lives and landscapes of entire communities. Our individual lives are often just as unsteady: relationships can break, plans can falter, and confidence can fail.
Uncertainty can definitely be uncomfortable. Many of us prefer stability and a predictable future to an unknown fate. We are wired to want to control our destiny.
The reality is that in our fast-changing, unpredictable world there are few guarantees in life. It's those who are willing to embrace uncertainty and make the risky decision to follow Jesus despite the many "unknowns" who will reap the greatest rewards.
Embracing the Uncertain invites readers this Lent to engage and wrestle with lifes uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience. Includes discussion questions that can be used in small-group Bible study session or for personal growth.
Magrey R. deVega is a United Methodist Elder of the Florida Annual Conference serving as the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the Leadership Editor for Covenant Bible Study by Abingdon Press, overseeing the weekly small group classroom experience. He is the author of Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels; One Faithful Promise: Wesleys Covenant for Renewal; Songs for the Waiting; and Embracing the Uncertain: A Lenten Study for Unsteady Times (Abingdon Press, 2017). He has developed numerous small group materials for such books as Five Marks of a Christian, Earn. Save. Give, and Counterfeit Christianities. He is a contributor to A Preachers Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, the Abingdon Preaching Annual 2016, and Feasting on the Gospels. He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the father of two daughters, Grace and Madelyn.