Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians

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Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians. By Luke Timothy Johnson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. ISBN-978-0-8028-0390-0. viii and 198 pages. Paper. $23.

In this thin volume Luke Timothy Johnson interprets the literary unit known as Luke/Acts through the lens of a prophetic Jesus and a prophetic early church, whose marks were: "being inspired by the Spirit, speaking God's word, embodying God's vision for humans, enacting that vision through signs and wonders, and bearing witness to God in the world." (4) Reading Luke-Acts as a continuous unit, Johnson shows how the first generation church lived a prophetic manner of life as a way of being in the world embodied in four interlocking dimensions: poverty, itinerancy, prayer and servant leadership. At the end of each chapter Johnson poses challenges for the contemporary church to consider these four marks of prophetic embodiment as a measure of the church's life. His general conclusion is that the present-day church must have a real conversion in the way it thinks about things and assigns values. …

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