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Marry a Pregnant Virgin: Unusual Bible Stories for New and Curious Christians [Paperback]

By Frank G. Honeycutt (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.95" Width: 6" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0806680369  
EAN  9780806680361  


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For those new to Christian life, the Bible is often an imposing book filled with tales of pregnant virgins, large fish, unbelievable miracles, and challenging stretches of the imagination. It is a daunting task to make sense of biblical narrative and to convey what the story is attempting to do, but skilled storyteller Frank Honeycutt brings lively, fresh interpretations to old stories and readers will come away with both understanding and inspiration. Conveniently arranged by seasons of the church year, newcomers and life-long Christians alike will encounter the Bible stories of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost in a whole new way. The stories explored include: Desert Highway Home, Isaiah 40:3; Surrogate Messiahs, John 1:19-20; Love at First Sight, Matthew 4:20; Boating Tips for Night Crossings, Matthew 14:22, and many more.

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For those new to Christian life, the Bible is often an imposing book filled with tales of pregnant virgins, large fish, unbelievable miracles, and challenging stretches of the imagination. It is a daunting task to make sense of biblical narrative and to convey what the story is attempting to do, but skilled storyteller Frank Honeycutt brings lively, fresh interpretations to old stories - and readers will come away with both understanding and inspiration.Conveniently arranged by seasons of the church year, newcomers and life-long Christians alike will encounter the Bible stories of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and time after Pentecost in a whole new way. The stories explored include: Desert Highway Home, Isaiah 40:3; Surrogate Messiahs, John 1:19-20; Love at First Sight, Matthew 4:20; Boating Tips for Night Crossings, Matthew 14:22; and many more.

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More About Frank G. Honeycutt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank G. Honeycutt (DMin, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago), a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor for twenty-five years, is senior pastor of Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of many magazine articles and six books, including "Preaching to Skeptics and Seekers" and "Sanctified Living."

Frank G. Honeycutt was born in 1957.

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Marry a Pregnant Virgin: Unusual Bible Stories for New and Curious Christians  Sep 3, 2009
Pastor Frank Honeycutt brings to bear the brilliance of simplicity in this clever, faithful and imaginatively rendered collection of musings on a sampling of bibilical stories. This is not strong-armed proselytizing; quite the opposite. Honeycutt brings a clear- eyed and thoughtfully minded invitation to the reader to find one's humanity in the text. At eye level with the biblical characters as the author presents them, the reader cannot but find Honeycutt's ponderings penetratingly insightful, and refreshingly surprising in the graceful and even breezy prose which manage to clear dust settled from what often presents as stale tradition. Valued Tradition, however, is not in any way purged for easy access, nor are the stories padded or weighted with dogmatic interpretive content. They are simply told through the author's uncanny penchant for speaking to people who hunger and thirst for righteousness, and who seek to enter into a realm of spirit wherein they might know of the earthy love of one whose life generated the biblical stories. Expect to chuckle through each of the manageably brief chapters. Look as well to discover a new-found peace as you move through the pages.
 
Ideal for young Christians seeking more precise understanding of what the Bible is meant to teach  Aug 15, 2008
The idea of a "pregnant virgin" is just one of the unusual tales found in the Holy Bible. "Marry A Pregnant Virgin: Unusual Bible Stories for New and Curious Christians" is a examination of such initially perplexing tales. A guide to understanding and interpreting these Biblical stories, "Marry a Pregnant Virgin" is ideal for young Christians seeking more precise understanding of what the Bible is meant to teach. A fine gift to any curious religious teen.
 
Gospel Imperatives  May 15, 2008
In MARRY A PREGNANT VIRGIN Rev. Frank Honeycutt offers challenging, insightful essays/sermons on biblical texts that may be familiar to the reader but that are seen anew through the lens of Honeycutt's keen intelligence and unexpected angles of vision. These carefully crafted reflections forcefully remind us that genuine conversion is an ongoing process, that both individual Christians and the churches to which they belong must continually renew their commitment to discipleship. As the author remarks, "One of the reasons that many churches are so diminished here early in the twenty-first century is that our perception of Jesus and his claim upon our lives is often so stunted." This book deepens the readers' understanding of that claim and encourages closer examination of the biblical texts on which that claim is grounded. Highly recommended!
 
Refreshing Exploration  May 1, 2008
This book is refreshing. Frank Honeycutt is not about telling the readers what the scriptures mean for them. Instead, readers are invited along on an exploration of a text. Frank has a keen sense of the connections and plausible interpretations of texts throughout the scriptures. Readers are invited to dig deeply into the possible meanings and theological implications of the messages found there. He shares his own connections to the text from his life experience and readers are spirited away to explore the meanings for themselves. This book does not claim to have all the answers, but it does ask plenty of great questions. The book requires the reader to think honestly about biblical literature. It challenges the reader to be open to the ancient scriptures in dealing with the demands of modern living.
 
Biblical Wine Steward  Apr 23, 2008
This latest gem from Frank Honeycutt is an exceptionally insightful celebration of the wondrous oddness of the Bible. Although written primarily with new Christians in mind, this book will also appeal to those with a mature faith who are open to the multiple meanings, the "polyvalent" quality of the peculiar Bible stories Honeycutt has selected. One such oddity Honeycutt cites is God's bidding to Ezekiel to "eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it." Scripture is meant to be devoured, apparently, not merely read. Well, if Ezekiel's response to this direction was to serve as a sort of prophetic scriptural chef, Honeycutt's calling seems to be something like a biblical wine steward (not inappropriate for an active pastor) because he serves up these unusual stories like individual glasses of fine wine, each held up to a new light to look for new color, each sniffed for new aroma, each sipped and yes, devoured, for new taste and nourishment. Hold the vintage story of Mary and Joseph up to the light and turn the glass a bit. There is certainly miracle aplenty in Mary's virginal pregnancy, but what of the miracle of Joseph's acceptance of his role, against every tenet of custom, law and "righteousness" of his time? Sample again the story of Peter's raising of Tabitha (aka Dorcas, the "gazelle"). It is a miracle indeed that she rises from the dead in response to Peter's call to "get up." But as Honeycutt notes, that same simple phrase is also used to described the first step taken by disciples beginning their ministry. We are called to "get up" on this side of the grave,too. Resurrection can occur now. Or taste again the exciting nautical tale of Jesus saving his fellow sailor disciples from certain sinking and drowning by quelling the storm's winds and waves. More miracle. Swirl that story around a little, though, and see that the truer miracle is Jesus equipping us with the means to develop a faith mature enough to weather any such storm. So open Honeycutt's book as you would a fine bottle of wine and devour these old, odd stories anew!
 

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