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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 ordained Episcopal priest, Robert Corin Morris has long been an active voice in Jewish-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogue. In 1980, Morris founded Interweave, an inter-faith learning center located in Summit, New Jersey, where he still serves as the organization’s executive director. This non-profit ministry seeks to equip people of all faiths for a more holistic approach to daily living—one that combines practical skills with traditional spirituality. A graduate of both Yale University and The General Theological Seminary, Morris was also a contributor to the Spiritual Formation Bible.Robert C. Morris is the founding director of Interweave, an interfaith adult education center in Summit, New Jersey, which offers publications and spiritual training combining the wisdom of depth psychology, the wellness arts, and traditional spiritual practices. An Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Newark, he is a spiritual director, retreat leader, conference speaker, and writer who contributed to the Spiritual Formation Bible. Morris received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from The General Theological Seminary. In addition, he has received training in mind-body medicine meditation methods and earned his certificate in spiritual direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

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: 20060501

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

Page Count: 176

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

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