Description: Biblical texts are the springboards for proclaiming the Good news. For Rev. James S. Lowry, these springboards lead to recollections from life and ministry that make the Gospel come alive in a special way. Memories of two very different cr ches shed light on Mary's Magnificant; the funeral of dissolute ne'er-do-well Tex Malone provides a surprising context for that most famous of verses, John 3:16; a misspelled word becomes a fountain of grace for an entire congregation; and the low-back, ladder-back, cane-bottom chair with the legs cut off just so to accommodate Lowry's diminutive childhood caregiver, Bessie Grier, calls forth the God who guarded that daughter of slaves and who now guards the adult Lowry as he prepares to face each day.
James S. Lowry is a Presbyterian pastor. He is a contributor to Hope for the World: Mission in a Global Context.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books including, from Fortress Press, The Prophetic Imagination; Theology of the Old Testament; and The Creative Word.