Tom Taylor (Ph.D., Fuller; M.Div., Yale; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law) is a speaker and the senior pastor of Glenkirk Church in Glendora, California. He is also adjunct professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of the award-winning 7 Deadly Lawsuits. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Jan, and their two boys, Aaron and Ryan.
Paradoxy: Coming to Grips with the Contradictions of Jesusby Tom Taylor
Paradoxy analyzes these seemingly
Give to receive. Die to live. Lose to win. Jesus taught such paradoxes, and people listened though these teachings seemed backward to their way of life and the lessons themselves seemed contradictory. But while initially confusing, says Tom Taylor, these paradoxes are the key to contentment, a fuller life, and a deeper faith.
Paradoxy analyzes these seemingly contradictory truths, revealing not only their poignancy but also fresh ways readers can apply them to life today. Drawing from his own experiences as well as Scripture, Taylor explores each paradox to reveal convicting realities about life, faith, and our relationships. Both intelligent seekers and experienced Christians will be challenged by this unique study on Jesus's teachings, ultimately finding peace and a deeper, more passionate life with Christ.
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In this refreshing and much-needed book, Tom Taylor acts as a 21st Century translator for Jesus and the paradoxes that he taught. Taylor offers, not trite, canned, or boilerplate platitudes, but thoughtful, sensible, and calming insights into these thorny truths that otherwise might seem to contradict reality. In tackling them, most thankfully, Taylor does not propose simple solutions to life's untidy circumstances. Instead, he points us toward Jesus' radical, yet merciful, counterintuitive teachings about a well-lived life. In a writing style equally useful to scholars yet accessible to laypeople, Taylor combines the intellectuality of a Christian theologian with the moving, hilarious, human storytelling accessibility of writers like Anne Lamott. He lays bare messiness of life that Jesus seemed to know we'd all encounter. More reassuringly, Taylor demonstrates how the elusive keys to Jesus' promises for deeper, better life, are found in the very paradoxes that often (but need not) confound and derail our sojourns toward and with God. In an age where shallow get-rich-quick and you-mustn't manuals clutter 'Christian Living' and 'Inspiration' shelves of book marts everywhere, Taylor manages to lead us on a funny, cerebral, poignant, and often tender paradigm-shifting journey through his experiences, timeless literature, sound history, and, of course, the scriptures - a journey on which we learn to see life through Jesus' eyes. The utterly enjoyable, life-giving utility of this book will long outlive the paper on which it is printed. READ THIS BOOK. Then give it to someone else who needs it.