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Surprised By Paradox: The Promise of "And" in An Either-Or World

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:What if certainty isn't the goal? In a world filled with ambiguity, many of us long for a belief system that provides straightforward answers to complex questions and clarity in the face of confusion. We want faith to act...


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:What if certainty isn't the goal? In a world filled with ambiguity, many of us long for a belief system that provides straightforward answers to complex questions and clarity in the face of confusion. We want faith to act like an orderly set of truth-claims designed to solve the problems and pain that life throws at us. With signature candor and depth, Jen Pollock Michel helps readers imagine a Christian faith open to mystery. While there are certainties in Christian faith, at the heart of the Christian story is also paradox. Jesus invites us to abandon the polarities of either and or in order to embrace the difficult, wondrous dissonance of and. The incarnation-the paradox of God made human-teaches us to look for God in the and of body and spirit, heaven and earth. In the kingdom, God often hides in plain sight and announces his triumph on the back of a donkey. In the paradox of grace, we receive life eternal by actively participating in death. And lament, with its clear-eyed appraisal of suffering alongside its commitment to finding audience with God, is a paradoxical practice of faith. Each of these themes give us certainty about God while also leading us into greater curiosity about his nature and activity in the world. As Michel writes, "As soon as we think we have God figured out, we will have ceased to worship him as he is." With personal stories and reflection on Scripture, literature, and culture, Michel takes us deeper into mystery and into worship of the One who is Mystery and Love.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 528241
  • Product Code 9780830845644
  • ISBN 083084564X
  • EAN 9780830845644
  • Pages 216
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date May 2019
  • Sales Rank 17864
  • Dimensions 208 x 137 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.254kg

Russ Ramsey

Russ Ramsey is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He was awarded the 2016 Christian Book Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the author of Struck, The Passion of the King of Glory, and The Mission of the Body of Christ. He lives in Nashville with his wife and four children.

Jen Pollock Michel

Jen Pollock Michel is a regular contributor for Christianity Today?s Her.meneutics and writes for Today in the Word, published by The Moody Bible Institute. Jen earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in literature from Northwestern University. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and five children. You can follow Jen on Twitter @jenpmichel or you can find her at jenpollockmichel.com.

  • :foreword By Russ Ramsey
  • Introduction: A Little Bit Of Wondering
  • <strong>part One: Incarnation</strong>
  • 1. The Great I And
  • 2. Annunciations
  • 3. One Wild And Precious Life
  • 4. A Word About Glory
  • Questions For Reflection And Discussion
  • <strong>part Two: Kingdom</strong>
  • 5. Hiding In Plain Sight
  • 6. Blessed Are
  • 7. Birds And Barns
  • 8. The High Treason Of Hallelujah
  • Questions For Reflection And Discussion
  • <strong>part Three: Grace</strong>
  • 9. Free Lunch
  • 10. The Gracious Course Of Rightness
  • 11. Birds And Broken Wings
  • 12. The Efforts Of Grace
  • Questions For Reflection And Discussion
  • <strong>part Four: Lament</strong>
  • 13. Fluency In The Loud Groan
  • 14. Complaints Department
  • 15. Unfinished Business
  • 16. A Suffering God
  • Questions For Reflection And Discussion
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes

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