The God Plot

The God Plot

by Timothy M Green


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We use clichés and catch phrases every day of our lives in every area of life, including our walk with God. Some of the most common clichés of the Christian faith are words such as holiness, wholeness of heart, sanctification, the deeper walk, purity, cleansing, and Christlikeness. Great clichés, but what do they mean? What is their context?

Through a reflective engagement with Scripture, The God Plot invites readers to move beyond these familiar clichés and participate in something much bigger: the narrative of God with its unique setting, divine call, dilemma, heightening dilemma, and resolution.

The reader will be introduced to two dominant voices in the Bible that imaginatively and creatively unfold the plot of God: the prophetic voice and the priestly voice. Throughout The God Plot, readers will be invited to leave the spectator's balcony of familiar clichés and become participants in what God is doing in the world and desires to do in the lives of believers. For clergy and laity alike, familiar words and clichés will be placed back into the plot of God, and these readers will envision their encounter and journey with God with a renewed holy imagination grounded in solid biblical study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834133839
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Timothy M. Green is dean of the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the university chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where he also serves as professor of Old Testament literature and theology. He received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University.

Table of Contents

Preface: One More Cliché 7

Introduction: Discovering the God Plot 11

Part I The God Plot-Prophetic Style 31

1 Setting: It's All about Grace 33

2 Call: Undividedly Whole 54

3 Dilemma: Holy Hills, Sacred Cows, and Substitute Kings 77

4 Resolution: Revive Us Again … and Again … and Again? 98

Part II The God Plot-Priestly Style 123

5 Setting: Partnering with God-Glory Bearers 125

6 Call: Holy God, Holy People 145

7 Dilemma: Idolatry, Impurity, and Ichabod 156

8 Resolution: Prepared for the Glory 165

Part III The God Plot-A Transformed Mind 175

9 With Eyes Wide Open: The Vision of Christ, the Mind of Christ 179

10 To Touch a Leper: More than Survival! 207

11 Imagining the Possibilities for All Humanity 218

Notes 239

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