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"The disciples also saw that the spirit that had worked within Jesus continued to work in and through them. In their preaching they extended his critique of domination. They continued his life by advancing his mission. They persisted in proclaiming the domination-free order of God inaugurated by Jesus."    - Walter Wink ; The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man

"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’"    - Jesus ; Matthew 7.21-23

"What would you think of a book that started with the opener, 'I am going to discuss Mahatma Gandhi as a Hindu saint, but I’ll skip all that distracting stuff about British imperial India'? Or another with, 'I am going to describe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a Christian saint, but I’ll get right to his biography and skip all that stuff about racism in America as background baggage'?"    - Borg, Marcus J.; Crossan, John Dominic ; The First Christmas

"As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built."    - Jesus ; Luke 6.47-48

"One who professes to be Christian is challenged to treat the oppressed the way Jesus treated them. According to slave Christianity, to enslave and brutalize others betrays the example that Jesus set and contradicts what it means to be Christian. This emphasis on 'right action' has implications for salvation. According to slaveholding Christianity, knowledge of God's act in Jesus was sufficient for salvation. Claiming to provide the slaves with this knowledge gave the slaveholders a rationale for the chattel system. According to slave Christianity, however, salvation was not linked necessarily to God's act of becoming incarnate in Jesus, but to what Jesus did in history on behalf of the downtrodden. He delivered them from the conditions that oppressed them. Salvation is tied to liberating activity, not to knowledge."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 52)

"Christianity. Slaveholding Christianity avoided the Gospels because of their concentration on Jesus's ministry. It valued the epistles because of their emphases on attaining proper knowledge of Jesus and on obedience. Slave Christianity avoided Paul's epistles because of their lack of emphasis on historical liberation, as well as apparent sanctioning of slavery. It valued the Old Testament because of its focus on God's liberating acts in history."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 49)

"Buttrick understood what we must now recover: that what we call “the Bible” is only the means to a deepened understanding of what Jesus called the gospel, or glad tidings, and that for us to understand this we have to understand afresh, or perhaps for the first time, the radical nature of the substance of Jesus’ preaching."    - Peter J. Gomes ; The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus

"In the meantime we can understand a reluctance to focus too much on the content of Jesus’ preaching, largely because it is easier to talk about him than it is to talk about what he talked about."    - Peter J. Gomes ; The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus

"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If they do, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins."    - Jesus ; Mark 2.21-22

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