Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jesus teachings for any community or tradition

Carol Buxton Hamon, Artist in Residence with University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina  offers a review of Thomas Moore's Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. She quotes Moore's introduction in which he writes that the book "... reveals a Jesus whose teaching is for anyone in search of meaning, not just Christians. It shows a Gospel message that belongs to no church or community or tradition. It suggests that Jesus’ purpose was not to form a religion but to transform the world, not to exploit this life for a heavenly reward but to establish heaven on earth.” 

After listing the four key images that Moore's explores in the book, Hamon writes that "Moore poetically expresses this dynamic" as:

Change of heart
brings you into the kingdom
where you discover the power of love
to heal.