In John's Gospel Jesus enters as an grownup and matters 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 worry approximately discovering the best way. yet position and direction come jointly in anyone, who identifies himself in a sequence of sayings targeted to this gospel. through the years and in neighborhood, disciples tackle the id of the single whom they stick with. "I AM" turns into "YOU ARE." Called to Follow
examines the gospel's argument for discipleship by way of exploring how an realization to time, brilliant encounters, probing questions, issues of id, and practices maintain the adventure and preserve fellow tourists on track.
"Many non secular texts and lecturers specialise in supplying one-size-fits-all answers. Called to Follow demonstrates as an alternative the price of fruitful questions--questions that deliver new and deepened standpoint 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 ideal query may give modern recipients clean methods to the problems and occasions 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 pupil and compassionate advisor, exhibits us how to learn Scripture for come across, not only info. via luminous prose, she brings John's Jesus into dialog with daily event, different Gospels, and Christian theology. A must-read for all these excited about exploring the questions such a lot 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 determine what traction it has for the present. Called to Follow reflects her dedication to selecting key practices that offer the relational glue for fans of Jesus within the trip of religion. i'm desirous to use this booklet 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 concerning the entire inspiration of being a follower of an individual, Called to Follow is a must-read. Professor Stortz opens us to the Jesus in John's Gospel in a fashion that addresses our heart's private wants and life's so much provocative questions."
--Mark S. Hanson, govt Director, Christensen heart for Vocation, Augsburg collage; Presiding Bishop Emeritus, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
"Who will you stick with? during this magnificent e-book, Stortz invitations us to persist 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, wondered, and invited to persist with Him?"
--Kathleen A. Cahalan, Professor of useful Theology, Saint John's institution of Theology and Seminary
Martha Ellen Stortz is the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of faith and Vocation at Augsburg university in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the writer of Blessed to Follow (2008) and A global in keeping with God (2004).