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Thank God It's Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from the Cross [Paperback]

By William H. Willimon (Author)
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Christ's seven last words from the cross have long been a source of reflection, challenge, and soul-searching. These simple statements contain the full range of human emotions and divine self-revelation: grief, compassion, despair, forgiveness, physical need, the promise of redemption. In many ways they embody the core of the gospel.

In this brief book one of today's most noted churchpersons and preachers confronts the reader with the seven last words's claim on her or his life. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon's trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Crucified One

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Christ's seven last words from the cross have long been a source of reflection, challenge, and soul-searching. These simple statements contain the full range of human emotions and divine self-revelation: grief, compassion, despair, forgiveness, physical need, the promise of redemption. In many ways they embody the core of the gospel. In this brief book one of today's most noted church persons and preachers confronts the reader with the seven last word's claim on her or his life. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon's trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Crucified One.

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Christ's seven last words from the cross have long been a source of reflection, challenge, and soul-searching. These simple statements contain the full range of human emotions and divine self-revelation: grief, compassion, despair, forgiveness, physical need, the promise of redemption. In many ways they embody the core of the gospel.

In this brief book, Willimon confronts you with the seven last words' claim on your life. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Willimon's trademark, Thank God It's Friday offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Crucified One.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.67" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687464900  
ISBN13  9780687464906  


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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.

William H. Willimon has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Belief Matters
  2. Horizons in Theology
  3. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
  4. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  5. Pastor's Handbook
  6. Preaching About-- Series


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A Contemporary and Meaningful Look At The Seven Last Words  Apr 27, 2007
The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the cross have inspired a variety of religious devotions over the years. In many churches, people gather between noon and three in the afternoon on Good Friday afternoon and hear reflections based on these poignant and powerful words of Jesus. Methodist Bishop William Willamon offers seven contemporary reflections and a concluding afterward on the final phrases Jesus uttered while crucified in his book THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY.

While the title may be somewhat whimsical, this is not a feel good kind of spiritual book. Willamon's reflections are solid works that encourage people to encounter Jesus Christ as he dies on the cross. For Willamon, Jesus' suffering is real and his suffering is still meaningful for modern people, even though the current trend for many is to see themselves as more spiritual than human which can lead to almost denying the physical sufferings of Jesus. Though never graphic, Willamon is not afraid to confront the hard realities of Jesus' final moments in his ministry and believes we need to understand that Jesus' death is central to his life and the way he entered into his crucifixion says so much about him. Willamon does not focus as much on biblical scholarship or theological concepts as he does personal experience. The reflections are full of wonderful examples of how the words can be applied to our own day and age.

The most appropriate time to use the reflections would be Lent and Holy Week, though one could argue that Willamon's reflections have something to offer at anytime of the year. While at times stark, Willamon's reflections are always hope filled and remind us of the reality of Jesus' love for us and have a way of helping us remember the full extent of Jesus' sacrifice for us and his ministry.
 

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