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The Year of the Lord's Favor:Proclaiming Grace in the Year of Luke Paperback – 14 Dec 2012

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Circle Books (14 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780997558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780997551
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,500,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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- Barth once said that the preacher should have the Bible in one hand and to-day's newspaper in the other. Tom Arthur does just that. This is Biblical exposition of a high order, sure-footedly tracing the journeys of God's grace in the lives of his people and the flux of the world. Read these reflections and let Scripture come alive for you. --David Cornick

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Tom Arthur is an American Presbyterian minister serving in the United Reformed Church in the UK and a teacher of New Testament Greek. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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This is the ideal commentary to read alongside the weekly Lectionary. Tom has the gift to communicate his academic scholarship in language accessible to all and interweaves personal stories and experiences that open windows to the back story behind the bible text as we have it. This book is a must for anyone who wishes to be challenged and inspired afresh by familiar stories.
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I have found this series of reflections linked to the Sunday lectionary readings to be refreshing, startling and provocative and I thoroughly recommend this book. The author emphasises the revolutionary nature of Luke's Gospel, and reminds the reader that the scriptures were written with urgency and passion for a particular people in a particular time and place. The book is an excellent example of contextual theological reflection.
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A Dubious Disciple Book Review 10 Jan 2013
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Ha! How can so serious a topic be so entertaining? Not that the book is funny, per se, but that the writing kept a smile on my face all the while Arthur was indoctrinating me. Tom, please come back to the States and set up church in my neighborhood!

This book is a not-so-subtle call to redirect our aim toward the original flavor of Christianity. The Lord's Supper, and the year of the Jubilee, become sort of the uprights of our goal posts. Arthur notes that the Year of the Lord's favor, its concern for the poor and its celebration of the joyful experience of reversed fortunes, establishes the framework for the entire Lukan narrative. While nothing should be taken away from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount, when Luke moves it down to the Plain-to the level of the people-its flavor changes, and it becomes more direct. The poor are the focus.

Did you know that today, the average American consumes 50 times that of the average citizen of Bangladesh?

Arthur proceeds to trek through the Gospel of Luke (and a few stray passages from other books) presenting opinionated discussion. Its three or four page reflections make for an excellent bathroom reader. (That's a compliment! Really!)

By the final quarter of the book, however, the tone turns more somber. Perhaps Constantine managed to twist the cross into a swastika, but we've never managed to untwist it. The horrors of war are only one example of how Jesus' ministry has undergone a stark reversal. Is the Age of the Lord's Favor merely a pipe dream?
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Preaching in Portlnd 15 Jan 2013
By Deborah Davis-Johnson - Published on
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Learning from Luke in Lent....thank you Tom Arthur for a fun, contemporary help in delving into and applying Luke's gospel to our living in this upcoming season...hard to put down!
The Year of the Lord's Favor 3 May 2013
By David Ackerman - Published on
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I have to say that this is the best lectionary preaching resource I've ever read. I wish I'd gotten "The Year of the Lord's Favor" by Tom Arthur back in November but am so glad I have it now. It's one of those books where I'm constantly interrupting my wife and saying, "Hey, listen to this!" Arthur seamlessly weaves together prescient insights into scripture, art, literature, church, society and life in general. He is astonishingly well-read and writes with a scholar's mind and a pastor's heart. He takes his readers on an amazing journey from the hills of western Pennsylvania to the streets of Chicago to the halls of Cardiff, all while introducing them to fascinating people and places around the globe. He connects the scripture to all of these experiences in such a way that the text appears new and shockingly relevant to our world today. I can't recall reading someone whose prose is so fluid, yet whose insights into such a breadth of materials is so deep. I'm very glad that I got this book during Year C, and as I continue to preach on the texts for this year, I'm confident that I'll be turning to this book time and time again. This is definitely a five-star book, and the experience of reading it was truly transformative for me. I wholeheartedly recommend it for preachers or anyone, especially while this Year C, "The Year of the Lord's Favor," is still with us!
The Year of the Lord's Favor: Proclaiming Grance in the Year of Luke 27 Dec 2012
By Phyllis J. Patterson - Published on
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I received my two (2) copies of "TheYear of the Lord's Favor: Proclaiming Grace in the Year of Luke in a very timely manner and have been very please with the book. Tom is a life long friend of my husband and he was thrilled to receive the book for a Christmas Gift. I also gave a copy of the book to our son.

Tom is an excellent writer and minister and has a fantastic since of humor. I encourage all to read Tom's book.
Page-Turning Commentary 8 Nov 2012
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Never before have I found a commentary that was a page-turner. I could not stop reading. My wife and I read aloud to each other, not worrying about liturgical season. We pondered how well Tom Arthur challenged the meaning of being a Christian today as we laughed out loud. His scholarship provides provocative and pointed insight into what Luke expects of us as disciples. The language and images of The Year of the Lord's Favor bear witness to how Arthur has helped congregations on two continents become vital. He animates how we must strive to live today in relation to the Gospel, posing hard questions for all of us who seek to be twenty-first century Christians.

Update December 2013: For the past year, twelve of us have been reading and reflecting on The Year of the Lord's Favor. Here are the participant responses when asked "What was most helpful/useful/edifying?"

1. Applying scripture today. I will never look at the Bible the same.

2. The book is full of parable-like incidents. These become nice starting points.

3. I like the idea of reading the Bible with the paper nearby. The book made me more conscious of how to do that. It helped me to listen to this interaction.

4. I appreciated the examples, from the British side, but the same for us. Seeing it from that perspective is good; it helps us to see ourselves.

5. Scripture and the lectionary. It is fun reading it and hearing sermons (on the same texts) at the same time. I think Tom Arthur is more of a purist than many pastors.

6. I will never think of Luke the same way again. Luke is (now) my buddy.

7. Tom Arthur shows what impact challenges can have.

8. (Finishing the book) is like losing an old friend.

9. I gained a new awareness of my personal behavior (shopping, eating, interacting with others) in the context of the impact my behavior and decisions have on people around the globe. I also feel I gained a broader understanding of Christ's message.... THIS is the year of the Lords favor. Thanks ever so much for recommending this book.

10. Tell Tom Arthur thanks for writing this book and I hope another one is in the "making"

11. It is hard to distill my thoughts into a short phrase, but for me it is about the centrality of finding God's presence wherever there is suffering, and the transforming discovery that entering the Kingdom is a decision: whether we will avert our eyes out of fear and turn away, or whether we will recognize that we are all in this together, standing, eating, and "singing our song" side by side.
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