What Did Jesus Ask?: Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith

What Did Jesus Ask?: Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith


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In What Did Jesus Ask?, more than 70 of today's most prominent spiritual writers, religious leaders and artists offer modern meditations on the questions Jesus asks in the Bible. Their contemplations provide telling context, with both contemporary and traditional interpretations to lead readers on an exploration of their own faith and to shape their own meaningful answers.

As a teacher, Jesus Christ put many of his lessons in the form of questions. The gospels recorded some 100 others. Some are rhetorical, needing no answer, but most were real questions posed to real people. Many of Jesus' questions are familiar to readers today, yet the context and the potential interpretations of such phrases will offer enlightenment to many. Organized by Biblical verse, these enigmatic questions include:

"You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" - Matthew 8:26

"Why do you call me good?" - Mark 10:18

"Does this offend you?" - John 6:16

Contributors include bestselling singer/songwriters Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, Christian leaders Barbara Taylor and Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, and bestselling authors James Martin and Sarah Young, and many more. Including a foreword by Nancy Gibbs, bestselling author and managing editor of TIME magazine, What Did Jesus Ask? is a thought-provoking volume for both readers interested in religious thought and understanding the teachings of Jesus better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618930583
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? (Matthew 5:46) 1

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:27) Barbara Brown Taylo 5

Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3, NRSV) Adam Hamilto 9

You of little faith, why are you so afraid? (Matthew 8:26) Sarah Youn 13

Do you believe that I am able to do this? (Matthew 9:28) James Martin 17

What did you go out into the wilderness to see? (Matthew 11:7) Serene Jone 22

If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? (Matthew 12:11) Sister Rosemary Nyirumb 26

Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? (Matthew 12:48) Cardinal Donald Wuer 30

Why did you doubt? (Matthew 14:31) Nadia Bolz-Webe 33

Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matthew 15:3) Lauren Winne 37

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? (Matthew 16:26) Jonathan L. Walto 41

If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? (Matthew 18:12) Michael W. Smit 45

Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator "made them male and female"? (Matthew 19:4) Archbishop Charles Chapu 48

Why do you ask me about what is good? (Matthew 19:17) Cardinal George Pel 52

Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? (Matthew 23:17) Ellen T. Charr 56

Why are you bothering this woman? (Matthew 26:10) Sister Simone Campbel 60

Do you drink I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53) Phyllis Tickl 64

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46) Luke Power 68

Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, "Your sins are forgiven," or to say "Get up, take your mat and walk"? (Mark 2:9) Joel Housto 72

How can the guests of the bride- groom fast while he is with them? (Mark 2:19) Bishop Minerva G. Carcan 76

Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill? (Mark 3:4) Yvette Plunde 80

How can Satan drive out Satan? (Mark 3:23) Kate Braestru 84

What is your name? (Mark 5:9) Yolanda Pierc 89

Who touched my clothes? (Mark 5:30) Wilfredo De Jesu 93

Why all this commotion and wading? (Mark 5:39) Mihee Kim-Kor 96

Don't you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? (Mark 7:18) Rita Nakashima Broc 100

Why does this generation ask for a sign? (Mark 8:12) Carrie Newcome 105

Why are you talking about having no bread? (Mark 8:17) Walter Brueggeman 110

Who do people say I am? (Mark 8:27) Christian Wima 116

How long has he been like tins? (Mark 9:21) Mark Burnet 120

How can you make it salty again? (Mark 9:50) Barry C. Blac 124

Why do you call me good? (Mark 10:18) Marilynne Robinso 128

Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with? (Mark 10:38) Scott Cairn 132

What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:51) Gene Robinso 135

John's baptism-was it from heaven, or of human origin? (Mark 11:30) Paul Eli 139

Haven't you read this passage of Scripture? (Mark 12:10) Eugene Peterso 143

Whose image is this? And whose inscription? (Mark 12:16) Kwok Pui-La 147

Simon, are you asleep? Couldn't you keep watch for one hour? (Mark 14:37) Roger Lundi 151

Am I leading a rebellion that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? (Mark 14:48) Valerie Weaver-Zerche 155

Why were you searching for me? Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house? (Luke 2:49) Mitali Perkin 159

Can the blind lead the blind? (Luke 6:39) Eugene Cho 163

Why do you call me, "Lord, Lord," and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46) Lecra 167

Do you see this woman? (Luke 7:44) Otis Moss II 170

Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers? (Luke 10:36, RSV) Dhyanchand Car 173

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? (Luke 11:11) Grace Ji-Sun Ki 177

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? (Luke 13:2) 181

What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? (Luke 13:18) Stephanie Paulsel 184

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? (Luke 15:8) Archbishop Blase Cupic 188

Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except the foreigner? (Luke 17:17-18) Naim Atee 192

When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8) Thomas Rosic 196

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? (Luke 22:27) Sharon E. Watkin 200

Judas, are you betraying the Son of Manwirh a kiss? (Luke 22:48) Rudy Rasmu 204

Why are you troubled? (Luke 24:38) Samuel Rodriguez Jr 208

What do you want? (John 1:38) Archbishop Jose H. Gome 212

Woman, why do you involve me? (John 2:4) Spencer Reec 216

Do you not understand these things (John 3:10) Roma Downe 220

Will you give me a drink? (John 4:7) Alexia Salvatierr 223

Do you want to be healed? (John 5:6, ESV) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholome 227

Does this offend you? (John 6:61) Sara Mile 231

You do not want to leave too, do you? (John 6:67) Neichelle R. Guidr 235

Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? (John 8:10) Amy Butle 239

What shall I say? "Farrier, save me from this hour"? (John 12:27) Richard Rodrigue 243

Do you understand what I have done for you? (John 13:12) Amy Gran 248

Will you really lay down your life for me? (John 13:38) WM. Paul Youn 250

My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2) Jamie Grac 254

Who is it you want? (John 18:4,7) Chris Tomli 258

Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? (John 18:11) Andrew Krivá 262

Why question me? (John 18:21) Gene Luen Yan 266

Woman, why are you weeping? Who is it you are looking for? (John 20:15) Keith Kristyn Gett 268

Friends, haven't you any fish? (John 21:5) Makoto Fujsmur 272

Simon, son of John, do you love me? (John 21:17) J. Ross Wagne 276

If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? (John 21:22) Rob Bel 279

Acknowledgments 285

Biblical Reference Guide 287

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