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Johnson, Luke Timothy. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
With Johnson as my travel companion I at once accepted his book title as the means by which he intended to explore, reveal, address and then challenge me the reader. Johnson very cleverly constructs for the reader his proposals, his thoughts and upmost his challenges for the contemporary Christian Church.
This he achieves by structuring the book into a preface, an introduction and eight chapters with a scripture index. Yet I would stress a word of warning for those reading from this general faith community, a sound reading of Mathew, Mark coupled with a basic knowledge of the Prophets and of course Luke-Acts would be a help as throughout the book Johnson draws many parallel lines from other sources and references in order to explore and expand his argument.
Nor does the canonical placement of James or Revelations demand that we read them as either later or lesser than Paul.
The accidents of canonical arrangement do not constrain interpretation. It means adopting a new measure for evaluating all relationships, and a new behaviour with respect above all to power and possessions. Chapters six through to eight is where Johnson turns the thumb screws on the reader and also the contemporary Church Community, by using Luke-Acts as his model and through citing both Old and New Testament sources he challenges and begs many questions which are tough, but, if they are answered honestly they can only be come insightful to what needs to be changed, starting from the inside looking out.
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Luke Timothy Johnson is R. Humans chronically and desperately need prophetic visions. Without prophetic challenge, the world quickly becomes structured along the lines of expediency and self-interest.
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There probably has never been a time when at least some Christians did not long for the voice of prophecy that could challenge the usual assumptions and accustomed practices in the world and in the church itself and could jolt people into new insight and empower them with new energy. Our age is no exception.
We need prophecy. The church today particularly needs to hear the voice of prophecy in order to carry out its own prophetic mission. For prophets to arise, however, their imaginations also need to be shaped and energized.
The sight and speech of prophets need to be formed — and have always been formed — by the words and deeds of earlier prophets. The ancient visions provide symbols that can be reinvigorated by new experiences of God in the world.
In essence, the church must demonstrate repentance and give witness by enacting God's vision, ready to bear the suffering and even death that inevitably follow. This very readable volume renders so many insights into the actions of Jesus and the early church that it is worthwhile reading it simply for its unique exegesis of Luke-Acts.
Pastors, teachers, and those involved in lay ministry, so many times necessarily "preoccupied with upkeep and maintenance, with keeping faith and tradition, with preserving the bounds of orthodoxy," will find so much to reflect on in their own witness at the most fundamental level from the author's comments on the radical demands of poverty, prayer, itinerancy, and servant leadership which have a critical revelatory function to the church of the center.
This reviewer was deeply moved by the author's interpretive comments on Luke-Acts and his provocative reflections. It is a book worth a second reading.