Author Archives: jstevenharper

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

Practicing tbe Better: The Genalogies

​[Foreword–The posts for the New Testament will explore the themes of light, life, and love.  We will do this by looking at the Genealogies, Mary, Joseph, Zecharaiah,  the Magi, John the Baptist, Jesus, the early Christians (Acts), Paul, Peter, James, … Continue reading

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Prscticing the Better: The Very Good Gospel

​Lisa Sharon Harper’s book, ‘The Very Good Gospel’ provides the bridge for extending our look at practicing the better from the Old Testament into the New Testament. [1]  Her choice to use the phrase ‘very good’ is indicative of her … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Gathering the Fragments

​There is much more that we could explore about practicing the better from the perspective of the Old Testament, but creation, covenant, and sabbath are sufficient to reveal the recurring dynamics of light, life, and love.  The trajectory is set … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Covenant Goodness

​The Covenant continues the light, life and love set down in the creation, with sabbath being a key means for sustaining all three things in our lives. Light–Israel was to receive God’s light and to be a light to the … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Sabbath #5

​The rest we find in sabbath and the restoration it provides enable us to return to the regular responsibilities with a sense of freshness and invigoration.  Sabbath is not an end, but rather a recurring means to the end of … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Sabbath #4

​The restoration sabbath also includes the re-establishment of rhythm–the pace of grace we noted a few posts back.  It is the rhythm of engagement and abstinence, working and resting. Dallas Willard took the principle I gleaned from Susan Muto and … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Sabbath #3

Sabbath rest leads to restoration.  It brings things which get lost in the whirlwind of activism back into view.  We will look at two restorative aspects of sabbath–one in this post and another in the next. Restoration restores our perspective. … Continue reading

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