Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers

Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers

by Eugene Peterson


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The fourth volume in Peterson's best-selling "conversations" in spiritual theology

Just as God used words both to create the world and to give us commandments, we too use words for many different purposes. In fact, we use the same language to talk to each other and to talk to God. Can our everyday speech, then, be just as important as the words and prayers we hear from the pulpit? Eugene Peterson unequivocally says "Yes!"

Peterson's Tell It Slant explores how Jesus used language, particularly in his parables and prayers. His was not a direct language of information or instruction but an indirect, oblique language requiring a participating imagination — "slant" language. Tell It Slant beautifully points to Jesus' engaging, relational way of speaking as a model for us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802868862
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 351,961
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eugene H. Peterson was a longtime pastor and is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many other acclaimed books include The Contemplative Pastor, Eat This Book, The Jesus Way, and the contemporary Bible translation The Message.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

I Jesus in His Stories

1 Jesus in Samaria: Luke 9:51-19:27 9

2 The Neighbor: Luke 10:25-37 32

3 The Friend: Luke 11:1-13 44

4 The Barn Builder: Luke 12:13-21 56

5 Manure: Luke 13:6-9 65

6 Table Talk: Luke 14:1-14 75

7 The Lost Brothers: Luke 15 85

8 The Rascal: Luke 16:1-9 99

9 The Invisible Man: Luke 16:19-31 109

10 The Widow: Luke 18:1-8 122

11 The Sinners: Luke 18:9-14 133

12 The Minimalist: Luke 19:11-27 145

II Jesus in His Prayers

13 Keeping Company with Jesus as He Prays: Six Prayers 159

14 Jesus Prays with Us: Matthew 6:9-13 167

15 Jesus Prays in Thanksgiving: Matthew 11:25-26 197

16 Jesus Prays in Anticipation of the End: John 12:27-28 204

17 Jesus Prays for Us: John 17 212

18 Jesus Prays the Agony of Gethsemane: Matthew 26:39, 42 231

19 Jesus Prays from the Cross: The Seven Last Words 239

20 Praying in Jesus' Name: Acorns into Oak Trees 261

Appendix: Some Writers Who Honor the Sacred Inherent in Language 271

Index of Names and Subjects 275

Index of Scripture References 284

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