Living Jesus by Randy Harris: A Review

Thanks to David Porter ( for his review of Living Jesus: Doing What Jesus Says in the Sermon on the Mount. He wonders in the review where Taylor comes in. We should have made that more clear. Here’s about the sum of it. The material is Jesus. It’s already highly engaging and interesting teaching for the living by Jesus, but Randy brings it into “our days in our ways,” as Scot McKnight calls our teaching today. Then I came along and helped get everything from audio or video into print and added a few thoughts here and there. Writing and editing is my special gift I offer to the world around me.

Seeking to (Re)Understand Truth

I was quite interested to read Living Jesus, as I was teaching a series on the Sermon on the Mount at the time.  I have to say that I was not disappointed!  Randy Harris, a professor, and Greg Taylor, a pastor (his name is in smaller print), worked together on this book.  Where Taylor comes in I’m not quite sure.  Harris seems to be the ‘I’ behind the word, as far as I can tell.

Harris speaks of personal experience teaching the words of Jesus found in Matthew 5-7, and of leading a monastic/non-monastic type of group in endeavouring to live out Jesus’ words.  The book is well-written and engaging.  It helped me further my understanding of what Jesus said as recorded by Matthew.

One word in particular which I liked (I used the word myself before reading this) was ’embedded,’ referring to how Christians are to be salt…

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