Christ: Sources for the Series

I expect this series will go on for awhile, so before I dive into it, I want to let you know the sources which have formed me with respect to Christ. Maybe it’s the teacher in me that motivates me to begin this way. But whatever the motivation, I am offering these sources for three reasons.

First, I want you to know that I am indebted to many others in coming to profess my faith in Christ as I will be doing in this series. I have indeed benefited from a “great cloud of witnesses,” and I want you to know this from the start. My words are only among the latest in a long line whose lives have been changed by Christ, and their witness has profoundly shaped me. I begin with a list of resources as a way to say, “Thank you” to them.

Second, I do not want these sources to get lost or minimized in footnotes. They are too important. I will refer to them (and others) as the series unfolds. But I want them to stand out on their own here.

Third, because the series will advance little-by-little, you may want to do your own study. So, here are suggestions for doing that…

(1) E. Stanley Jones….I cite him first as my way to (once again) point to his influence upon me, and that especially in relation to Christ. I would not be afield to name all of his books (and audio-visual resources) have played a role in forming my faith relative to Christ, but for this post, I cite these in particular: ‘The Christ of Every Road’…..’The Way’…..’The Word Became Flesh…..’In Christ’…..and ‘Abundant Living.’

(2) The rest I offer in alphabetical order…

  • William Barclay, ‘The Mind of Jesus’
  • Diana Butler Bass, ‘Freeing Jesus’
  • Marcus Borg, ‘Jesus’
  • Cynthia Bourgeault, ‘The Wisdom Jesus’
  • Emil Brunner, ‘The Mediator’
  • Frederick Buechner, ‘The Faces of Jesus’
  • Ilia Delia, ‘The Emergent Christ’
  • John Deschner, ‘Wesley’s Christology’
  • Matthew Fox, ‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’
  • Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch, Christine Cain, ‘ReJesus’
  • Joseph Girzone, ‘Joshua’
  • Dennis Kinlaw, ‘The Mind of Christ’…and…’Let’s Start with Jesus’
  • Randy Maddox, ‘Responsible Grace’
  • James Martin, ‘Jesus: A Pilgrimage’
  • David McKenna, ‘The Psychology of Jesus’
  • Jürgen Moltmann, ‘The Way of Jesus Christ’
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, ‘Living Buddha, Living Christ’
  • ‘Oneing’ journal, “The Universal Christ,” Vol 7, No 1, 2019
  • Richard Rohr, ‘The Universal Christ’
  • Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola, ‘Jesus: A Theography’

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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