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On Saturday 26 January twelve avid Good-Faith book readers met to discuss Marcus Borg's book "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time." We all agreed, whether we were more or less familiar with Borg's ideas, we all had, indeed, seen Jesus afresh through the reading or rereading of this book! The style of Borg's writing is scholarly, logical and assessible, which made it easy to read on one level; the difficult and challenging ideas made it less easy reading on quite another. There was much in the book to challenge any complacency that may have crept into our way of looking at our faith.

Along the way we discussed the following:

  • how easy it is to get bogged down with doing the right thing and thereby forget to show the compassion that comes from listening to others "from the heart"
  • remembering that words attributed to Jesus are not verbatim — they were so profound and helpful that they were repeatedly passed on until they were eventually written down
  • our experience of death and how blessed it is to "mourn", if we can. In our culture we don't talk about death very much, least of all with our family.
  • what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and how our views of God compare with those of the Old Testament
  • how Jesus connection with the Spirit was at the source of everything he did, and Jesus wanted that to be the same for us.
  • that we all have gifts, and all gifts are for the common good.

    For Karen's full review, click here.

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