Endorsements & Reviews-
"Always an innovative teacher and writer, Smith trumps all that in his final book. He finds in Thomas's plea to see Jesus's wounds precisely what John's Gospel wants us to see: a God who became incarnate in Jesus, wounds and all. This gospel is not saying, according to Smith, 'Jesus is like (the almighty) God', but that 'God is like this wounded Jesus.' When I used Robert's ideas recently to end a gospels course, one student said, in effect, 'You have kept the best teaching until now.'"
--Everett R. Kalin
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley
"In Wounded Lord we find Robert Smith's last testament, a meditation on his favorite gospel. Renouncing all moralizing, ethnocentrism, and religious triumphalism, Smith focuses on Jesus's self-sacrificing love as the clue to God's nature and as power to heal all divisions. This is a book for everyone to reencounter John's Jesus, whose glory was to give self away so that all humanity might even now be one with him 'in the lap of the Father.'"
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
"From the beginning of my pastoral ministry, I have relied on Robert H. Smith for cogent, pertinent, and deep reflection on Christian scriptures . . . Is he correct that the whole of the book needs to be refracted through the Thomas story, that the risen Christ always and necessarily bears the wounds of crucifixion? I believe so, and you ought to read the book to consider the question yourself. It will bless your devotional practice, your teaching and preaching, and your understanding of God's suffering for and with us."
--Rev. Brian Stein-Webber
Trinity Lutheran Church, Oakland, California