New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Provocative Grace

The Challenge in Jesus' Words

Robert Corin Morris • May 2006

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A restless search is on.

Cover stories about the "real" Jesus are on the increase in news magazines, best sellers based on alternative Gospels, and documentaries. Whether you're a devout Christian, an inquiring seeker or a rank skeptic, this book is for you if you wish to explore the teaching of Jesus.

Provocative Grace focuses on the words of Jesus, not as rules to live by but as challenges to precipitate growth into greater maturity. Morris asks us to enlarge our existing concepts and to stretch our beliefs about Jesus beyond the borders of formal Christianity and what we learned in Sunday school.

"The Jesus of the Gospels, in all his modes of encountering people—as prophet, healer, wisdom teacher, mystic, social critic, and nonviolent revolutionary—is a disturber of our immaturities, one who challenges us to find and use our strengths," writes Morris. "Jesus was neither a rule maker or idealist but a provocateur. Rather than impossible ideals imposed upon us, his sayings are proddings to grow step-by-step, by trial-and-error learning, into the best possibilities of our nature."

Listen to Jesus' words not with an attitude of uncritical acceptance or blind faith but rather with an openness to hear the message in a fresh way. Provocative Grace dares us to wrestle with Jesus' sayings and to experience a vivid revelation of God's love and grace.

Each chapter helpfully arranges the book so that it may be an aid to personal reflection, journaling, or discussion.

An Episcopal priest, Robert Corin Morris is a spiritual director, teacher, and writer who founded Interweave, an ecumenical, interfaith, and interdisciplinary adult learning center “for spirituality, wellness and the common good” in 1980. He served as director from 1980–2012.  A graduate of Yale University, The General Theological Seminary, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Morris authored three books including Wrestling with Grace, Provocative Grace, and Suffering and the Courage of God. He also contributed to The Upper Room’s Spiritual Formation Bible. Morris lives in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife of half a century, Suzanne, still teaches at Interweave, works in antiracism education with the Summit Interfaith Council, and promotes interfaith dialogue in events like the annual “Jews and Christians Study Text Together."

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9848-5

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1292-4

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1293-1

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: May 2006

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 176

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120