Grace In A Tree Stump

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Christians often assume too sharp a distinction between the Old and New Testaments, argues preacher, author, and teacher J. Ellsworth Kalas. They are too quick to view the Old Testament as a strict book of laws and commandments and the New Testament as a witness to grace. The God of the Old Testament is misperceived as a God of wrath and judgment, while the God of the New Testament is viewed as a God of love and mercy.

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Overview

Christians often assume too sharp a distinction between the Old and New Testaments, argues preacher, author, and teacher J. Ellsworth Kalas. They are too quick to view the Old Testament as a strict book of laws and commandments and the New Testament as a witness to grace. The God of the Old Testament is misperceived as a God of wrath and judgment, while the God of the New Testament is viewed as a God of love and mercy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780664229009
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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J. Ellsworth Kalas is Senior Professor of Homiletics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He formerly served as President of Asbury. Kalas served for thirty-eight years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio. He has published more than thirty books, including Grace in a Tree Stump: Old Testament Stories of God's Love and Preaching the Calendar: Celebrating Holidays and Holy Days, both available from WJK.
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Table of Contents

1 Grace in the morning (Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31) 1
2 God, the gracious tailor (Genesis 3:1-7, 21) 7
3 The man who refused grace (Genesis 4:1-16) 15
4 Grace in a brother's face (Genesis 33:1-10) 21
5 Grace in a Harlot's tent (Genesis 38) 29
6 Grace once a week (Exodus 20:8-11) 37
7 Gracious commandments (Deuteronomy 5:1-7) 45
8 God's unlikely choices (Deuteronomy 7:1-8) 53
9 One more grand change (Judges 16:13-31) 61
10 Grace and God's love for the future (Ruth 1:1-5: 4:13-22) 69
11 A directory of grace (1 Chronicles 1-9) 77
12 New every morning (Lamentations 3:19-33) 85
13 Grace in an iron band (Daniel 4:10-15, 24-27) 93
14 Indomitable grace (Job 42:1-6, 10-17) 101
15 Songs of dis-grace (Psalms 3:38) 109
16 Better than we can ever deserve (Psalm 103:1-14) 117
17 Giving grace a name (the prophet Hosea) 125
18 The Old Testament synonym for grace (several Old Testament passages) 131
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