The Karma of Jesus [NOOK Book]

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The Karma of Jesus follows the tradition of bold Christian communicators who dare to borrow pop=culture-friendly language to communicate sacred truth. It explains the relevance of Christ's life using the idea of karma, which maintains an exacting payback for one's actions. Using personal vignettes, as well as stories from history, popular culture, and the Bible, pastor Mark Herringshaw walks the reader through a progression of thought. Rather than didactic formulas, he presents questions and conjectures that ...
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The Karma of Jesus

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Overview

The Karma of Jesus follows the tradition of bold Christian communicators who dare to borrow pop=culture-friendly language to communicate sacred truth. It explains the relevance of Christ's life using the idea of karma, which maintains an exacting payback for one's actions. Using personal vignettes, as well as stories from history, popular culture, and the Bible, pastor Mark Herringshaw walks the reader through a progression of thought. Rather than didactic formulas, he presents questions and conjectures that sensitively reveal how Jesus has reaped the ultimate consequences of our actions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441210456
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Herringshow, PhD, currently serves as a teaching pastor at the 7,000-member North Heights Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. A conference speaker and seminary professor, Mark is known for leveraging the crafts of storytelling, biblical scholarship, and scientific research to make complex ideas simple, practical, and transformative. Mark has done graduate work at Luther Seminary and Regent College and he holds a PhD in leadership from Regent University. He and his wife, Jill, have four children and make their home in St. Paul.
Mark Herringshaw is a pastor, sought-after teacher, and conference speaker. The coauthor of two previous books, he leverages the crafts of storytelling, biblical scholarship, and scientific research to make complex ideas simple, practical, and transformative. Mark and his family make their home near St. Paul, Minnesota.
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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    The Circle of Life

    Do we really reap what we sow? What kind of destiny awaits if we count on Karma? In Mark Herringshaw's, The Karma of Jesus, he explains Jesus' supernatural role in breaking the ancient idea of the cycle of Karma-reaping what we sow. In no way is this book grotesquely preachy or over religious, yet it can still serve as a practical apologetics tool.
    Using thoughtful research, excerpts of conversations with a spiritually curious young man and intimate details of his own personal journey into the mystery of faith, Herringshaw artfully clarifies to the reader that the purpose of life is more than combating the inevitable suffering resulting from human existence through self-atonement in order to fulfill perfect balance and harmony to the universe. God created Jesus as a way out of this fate.
    Jesus was (and is) God's way of "scamming" the system of Karma. Jesus, in a sense, traded the perfect Karma he created during his life on earth in exchange for all the bad Karma that ever existed (or has yet to exist) when he died on the cross. The love, mercy, and grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus, if we choose to accept these things, has the power to cancel out the eternal fate of suffering for our bad Karma.
    It's good news! In fact, it's the Good News! Essentially, The Karma of Jesus reinforces and shares the foundation of Christian faith. It is a wonderful book for the skeptic, the curious, or even the seasoned Christian. Herringshaw is also the author of Six Prayers God Always Answers and Nine Ways God Always Speaks.

    (thanks to Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book)

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    The Karma of Jesus

    The basic purpose behind this book is to prove whether you can reconcile the teachings of Jesus with the idea of karma. (Basic answer is yes, but to see how, read the book.)

    The book is mostly told through a conversation between Mark (who is a pastor, speaker and author) and Andrew (guy in rehab who has recently turned his life around and is a proponent of karma).

    Andrew says that karma is the best way to live your life, because it puts you in charge and holds you accountable. As they converse, insights are had (on both sides) but no real conclusions are drawn.

    It might sound like a boring book, but it's not. Examples are given using pop culture (It's a Wonderful Life, for instance, and an episode of ER) and it's a book that's both easy to read and incredibly thought-provoking.

    I'm sure if you read this, it will give you a few of those "Aha!" moments.

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