Item description for The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life by William H. Willimon...
Overview Popular authors Hauerwas and Willimon explore the overarching question: What does it mean for us and the way we behave when we realize some of the truth about God?
Publishers Description Two popular authors consider not only what the Ten Commandments say about the people who observe them, but what they say about God. They are not some set of universal rules-they simply offer ways for a certain people to know a certain God-our God. What truths about God can be known through the Ten Commandments? God cares how we treat other people. God cares how we behave in marriage. God cares about the importance of being truthful. God wants people to take a day off from work each week. Readers will encounter Willimon and Hauerwas at their best as they explore the overarching question-What does it mean for people and the way they behave when they know some of these truths about God?
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1999
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
ISBN 0687082021 ISBN13 9780687082025
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More About William H. Willimon
The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He is recently retired after serving eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. For four years, beginning in 1976, he served as Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics and served as Director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke, and Presiding Minister in the Divinity School Chapel. When he returned to the parish ministry in 1980, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke for three years. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He also serves on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College as Visiting Distinguished Professor and as Visiting Research Professor at Duke Univeristy Divinity School.
He is the author of sixty books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.
His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. He has served as Editor and Expositor (with his wife, Patricia) for Abingdon’s International Lesson Annual. He has written curriculum materials and video for youth, young adults, and adults. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by over eight thousand pastors in the USA, Canada, and Australia. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors.
William H. Willimon currently resides in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama.
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The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life May 7, 2007
It is a very important book to understand the real meaning to become a true christian.
The Counter Cultural 10 Commandments Mar 28, 2000
The Ten Commandments that a judge from Alabama fought to hang on the wall were not the commandments of God that Christians serve. Those same commandments are not a general call for morality that can save the pluralistic society of the United States of America. According to the authors, these commandments must be understood within the context of the Christian community. This work declares the Ten Commandments to be the way that the worshiping church relates to God and each other. Hauerwas and Willimon seek to explain the commandments from that context so that they may be known "perfectly."
Only the worshiping church is able to understand the Ten Commandments. They are not, as explained by the authors, "timeless ethical principles that are applicable to all Americans." This work reclaims another part of the church's heritage necessary for life as resident aliens. Clearly, Hauerwas and Willimon are working within and driving the trend toward understanding the church as a community. Their attack on American individualism serves to push the church to understanding itself as a holy people. These holy people are the possession of the "God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the God of Jesus Christ."
The Truth about God is a striking look at the Ten Commandments. This work exposes the ways that our society is so sinful that the institution of the Church is the only hope for Christians to survive and obey God. Only within this context are the people of God able to truly obey his words to us. Despite the informal tone of some sections of the book, it strikes deeply in exposing our sinfulness and the churches need for grace. Hauerwas and Willimon teach at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. Hauerwas serves as the professor of Theological Ethics, and Willimon serves as the Dean of the Chapel and professor of Christian Ministry.