Beatitudes, Not Platitudes

Jesus' Invitation to the Good Life

By Paul Louis Metzger

Beatitudes, Not Platitudes

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Beatitudes, Not Platitudes

Jesus' Invitation to the Good Life

By Paul Louis Metzger

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  • Pages: 112
  • Publication Date: 3/22/2018
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Beatitudes, Not Platitudes shows that the Beatitudes are not overused, well-worn answers to the question, “What would Jesus do?” Rather, they are undervalued and hardly touched claims that transform our destinies. More than spiritual nuggets for personal devotion, practical advice, or propositions to be believed, the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 envision and entail a reorientation of the good life in view of Jesus’ kingdom. Jesus’ teachings reveal to us that living our best purpose-driven life now involves dying to self and the world system, and dying for our enemies.

Ideal for group study, this series of meditations on each of the Beatitudes, followed by cultural reflections and study questions, helps to bridge the gaps between personal devotion and societal revolution, the academic and the practical, the ancient and the contemporary. All of us want to be happy, to be well and blessed, and esteemed with honor. However, we look for happiness, wellness, blessing, and honor in different places and with mixed results. This book helps us reimagine the good life by taking a fresh look at the Beatitudes as citizens of Jesus’ ever-new kingdom order.



Endorsements & Reviews-

“I was most impressed with Paul Louis Metzger’s not only evangelical but also social-justice reading and interpretation of Jesus’ powerful Beatitudes. May his tribe increase!”

—Frederick Dale Bruner, author of Matthew: A Commentary



“For preachers and teachers who value Scripture, Paul Louis Metzger provides a robust theological reading of Scripture rooted in sound exegesis. In addition to the careful reading of the biblical text, Metzger offers historical, theological, social, and practical insights that call us to actually embody Scripture instead of just talking about it.”

—Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity



Beatitudes Not Platitudes reveals what we are missing when we bypass Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount or minimize its meaning to avoid distressing ourselves. Paul Louis Metzger implores us to take a closer look and ponder Jesus’ words. Jesus means to jolt us out of the status quo—even our American Christian status quo—so we will hunger for and cultivate the values of his kingdom. A wise and important book for such a time as this!”

—Carolyn Custis James, author of The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules, and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World 



“In clear and accessible prose, Paul Louis Metzger walks us through Jesus’ simple but revolutionary introduction to the upside-down kingdom of God . . . With the heart of a friend and the mind of a scholar, Metzger guides us through the cultural setting and contemporary relevance for each of Jesus’ beatitudes. This highly readable book provides a winsome vision for any Christian hungering to walk afresh in the way of Jesus. But it’s also an exceptional resource for preachers and teachers who want to lead their people through this potent and beautiful section of Scripture.”

—Matt Woodley, editor of Preaching Today, author of The Gospel of Matthew: God with Us



 

Beatitudes, Not Platitudes is one of the few books in recent memory that meets more than one need in the church today. It is theologically informative and devotionally inspirational, while at the same time, it encourages us to be more sensitive to the social challenges that many are struggling to overcome. Paul Louis Metzger has written a masterpiece for our times.”

—Jimi Calhoun, Lead Pastor, Bridging Austin, author of A Story of Rhythm and Grace: What the Church Can Learn from Rock and Roll About Healing the Racial Divide



“The Beatitudes are spiritual treasures. They are like diamonds that never lose their value or beauty with the passing of time. However, too often our church theologies and cultural challenges gloss them over with a thick veneer that hides their true meaning. In Beatitudes, Not Platitudes, Paul Louis Metzger, skillfully wipes off the dust, helping the reader rediscover the true light, color and symmetry of these great diamonds. Metzger’s style is clear, direct, biblical, and well-illustrated.”

—Alex Awad, Retired Pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, author of Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People



“What philosophers across the ages have described as ‘the good life’ Jesus redefines as ‘the blessed life,’ but not without some surprising promises. In the lucid and devotional prose of Paul Louis Metzger, the Beatitudes of Jesus are no mere platitudes. They challenge conventional notions of success and popularity, revealing the paradoxes of the upside-down kingdom. This book is a must-read—chock full of life-transforming and world-changing possibilities.”

—Paul N. Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University, author of From Crisis to Christ: A Contextual Introduction to the New Testament, Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice

Contributors-

Paul Louis Metzger

Bio(s)-

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is the founder and director of the Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins, and Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah University and Seminary. Dr. Metzger is also the editor of New Wine’s journal Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture. Integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity stands at the center of Dr. Metzger’s ministry vision. He and his wife, Mariko, a native of Japan, have been active in intercultural ministry in churches in the United States, Japan, and England.



Dr. Metzger is the author of Evangelical Zen: A Christian’s Spiritual Travels With a Buddhist Friend (2015); Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (2012); The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (2010); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; 2009); and Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (2007). He is co-editor of A World for All?: Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; 2011); and editor of Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (2005). Dr. Metzger is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, and Senior Mission Scholar in Residence, Spring 2018, at the Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut. The Metzgers have two children and one grandchild. He has a keen interest in the art of Katsushika Hokusai and Georges Rouault, the writings of John Steinbeck, and the music of Johnny Cash, The Doors, and Nirvana. Dr. Metzger blogs frequently at "Uncommon God, Common Good." Dr. Metzger’s present research projects include a forthcoming volume on social ethics inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personalist philosophy and public theology, most notably Dr. King’s prophetic critique of the Vietnam War.

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