Item description for Christmas from the Back Side: A Different Look at the Story of Jesus Birth (From The Back Side) by J. Ellsworth Kalas...
Overview Take a look at Christmas from alternative angles.
Using an approach similar to his other "BackSide" books, Kalas crafts new insights into the scriptures of the Christmas story by looking at them from the "back side" --
...taking unique starting points...creative re-telling from different views...examining the story through new "lenses"...or looking through the eyes of a not-so-familiar character.
Book session titles include:
* The Scandal of Christmas * Three Votes for an Early Christmas * Christmas Comes to a Back Fence * How the Government Helped the First Christmas Happen * Celebrating Christmas in a Hotel * Christmas Comes to a Church * Christmas and the Impossible Dream
Publishers Description Popular and beloved author J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into the biblical story of Christmas. Kalas approaches the season through the "back side"--through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens," or the eyes of a minor character. Kalas's creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Christmas story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
Series From The Back Side
ISBN 0687027063 ISBN13 9780687027064
Availability 0 units.
More About J. Ellsworth Kalas
Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas is a former president of Asbury Theological Seminary.
After 38 years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio, and five years as an associate in evangelism with the World Methodist Council, Dr. Kalas came to Asbury in 1993 with the opening of the Beeson Preaching and Leadership program. He served as mentor to the Beeson pastors and as their preaching professor until joining the Seminary preaching faculty in 2000.
Dr. Kalas has received honorary doctorates from four colleges and universities. More than 35 of his books have been published, as well as 13 adult study quarterlies for the United Methodist Publishing House. He has recorded the entire Bible on audiotape, along with his Grand Sweep devotionals; these materials are now available on The Grand Sweep for iPhone. He is also the author of Christian Believer, an intensive study of Christian doctrine produced for interdenominational use. A video component, “Behind the Pages” has recently been added to his books, Parables from the Back Side and Old Testament Stories from the Back Side.
He and his wife, Janet, who is very much a part of his ministry, have four children and nine grandchildren.
J. Ellsworth Kalas currently resides in the state of Kentucky. J. Ellsworth Kalas was born in 1923.
Reviews - What do customers think about Christmas From The Back Side?
Useful Guide for Advent Bible Study Jan 11, 2007
J. Ellsworth Kalas has a knack for approaching familiar Scriptures "from the backside" in order to grab the attention of readers and small group participants. His Christmas From the Back Side is no acception. We used it in our church for a four-week book study on Wednesday nights during Advent. It invites readers to use their imagination and life experiences to think about major and minor characters, their motives, reactions, and circumstances. It brings home the underlying messages in a new way.
Excellent Jan 10, 2007
My study group found this book to be helpful and enriching. We used it as an Advent study. Kalas has an unique way of looking at Scripture from another angle. We have used several of J. Ellsworth Kalas' books in our study group. Kalas has a signature question in every study guide: What insights did you receive from this chapter? This gives each member of the group the opportunity to share personally. His work challenges us to look a little further in God's message.