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God Does Not...: Entertain, Play "Matchmaker," Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness [Paperback]

By D. Brent Laytham (Editor)
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Is God in the business of entertainment, matchmaking, time management, blood sacrifice, or medicine? If you listen to some messages both inside and outside the church today, you might think so. But in God Does Not . . ., several theologians challenge these and other widespread misconceptions of how God works in the world. A follow-up to the popular God Is Not . . ., this book is both accessible and provocative. In the end, we are left not with a negation of what God does, but an affirmation of a God who does all things well and often far exceeds what our human imaginations can fathom.

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Is God in the business of entertainment, matchmaking, time management, blood sacrifice, or medicine? If you listen to some messages both inside and outside the church today, you might think so. But in "God Does Not . . .," several theologians challenge these and other widespread misconceptions of how God works in the world.
A follow-up to the popular "God Is Not . . .," this book is both accessible and provocative. In the end, we are left not with a negation of what God does, but an affirmation of a God who does all things well and often far exceeds what our human imaginations can fathom.

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Studio: Brazos Press
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2009
Publisher   Brazos Press
ISBN  1587432293  
ISBN13  9781587432293  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! D. Brent Laytham (PhD, Duke University Divinity School) is dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's
Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. He previously taught at North Park Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and takes special interest in bringing pastors and scholars together to address theological and ecclesiological issues.

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God is not bloodthirsty  Apr 20, 2010
The chapter "God does not deman blood" challenges us to view Christ's sacrifice on the cross and Paul's New Testament writings in a way not influenced by Hollywood movies where violence is upheld as the means the goodies defeat the baddies. Paul says in Phil 2:2-8 that it was Christ's obedience and faithfulness that saved us on the cross, not a blood sacrifice.

The author of this chapter Daniel Bell Jr, says that we are not let off the hook by a blood sacrifice to satisfy moral law and order. Christians follow another logic. We share in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-20). God does not find pleasure in the death of anyone (Ezek 18:32) and was willing to die on the cross because he desires live even for those who crucify him.
 
Sould have paid more attention to the title  Nov 13, 2009
At first I thought the book would be a thoughtful dismantling of the mischaracterizations of God by the religious culture. I didn't realize that it set about to dismantle the faith as well. I Should have read the title more closely--"God does not demand blood"--because one contributing author sought to grossly downplay the role of blood sacrifice in the substitutionary death of Christ. Did he do this by circumventing the comprehensive testimony of the New Testament on the subject? No. Instead, he used large servings of human reasoning, and a certain human "visceral" dislike toward it. Perhaps the writer should have remembered that a sinner's "visceral" response to a lot of things related to God is negative. Sometimes Christians also have these reactions, especially when their standards come from theologically liberal camps of Christianity rather than from the Word of God. There might have been good points in other parts of the book, but I was so disgusted with the offending chapter that I went ahead and threw it in the trash. Maybe we could add a further thought to the title--"God does not... write books that diminish the importance of His Son's blood." Don't be fooled by the hip title here. Hold onto your money and your faith.
 

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