Live Faith. Shout Hope. Love One Another
By M. Kathryn Armistead, PhD
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As the world gropes for answers, Christians say they have one. It's God. God is the answer. God brings hope. God is love. God cares for creation, and God is ever-present. But then comes the retort: "Where is the proof? Show me." Wrecked by disease, decimated by disaster and war, the world has good reason to ask: "Where is God-really? Where's the hope? Show me." One thing is for sure, the deeper our relationship with God, the more our lives will puzzle the world.
In Live Faith. Shout Hope. Love One Another, author Kathryn Armistead uses passages from the Gospel of Matthew to guide us and frame our conversation. This is fitting because, for centuries, the church used Matthew to teach the basics of the faith. These fundamentals can help us put our faith into practice as Jesus intended.
Armistead’s book contains seven chapters. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of Christian living taken from the Gospel of Matthew, so that we can fully live a life that lives faith, shouts hope, and loves others. At the end of the chapter, there are reflection questions. These are meant to be a reality check and are suitable for individual or group study. These reflection questions are designed to help you reach the next level in living out your faith so that when others see you, perhaps they will also get a glimpse of Jesus. In addition, there are suggestions how you can "bring it home," this is how you can do to put your thoughts and heartfelt insights into practice and make them part of your daily living.
What readers are saying:
“Too many contemporary Christians think that faith is private, personal. Prodded by the Gospel of Matthew, Kathy Armistead shows that the Christian faith is public truth, good news announced and lived before all people. Here’s lively, engaging encouragement for witness, for living our faith so that others can see and hear Christ through us. Kathy’s book can help you to shine in a darkened world that needs Christ’s light.”
Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, United Methodist bishop, retired, author of Listeners Dare: Hearing God in the Sermon
“Kathy has a way of turning careful theological study into kitchen table conversation among friends. Small congregations take note. This is one of those resources written in love for your ministries.”
Teresa J. Stewart
Author, speaker, consultant, and director of Small Church, Big God (SmallChurch.org)
“Kathy Armistead’s gift of getting to the heart of a biblical text and applying it shine through in this meaningful study of the Gospel of Matthew. It is not only personally instructive and inspiring; it is helpful for small groups and classes who desire to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a disciple and to disciple others. Her experience and skill as a teacher and writer help to make simple and succinct that which is profound!”
Senior Pastor, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Brentwood, TN
“Kathy Armistead sounds like an internal, wise, affirming conscience talking to me about the practice of my faith. My own heart-voice recognizes her words as God-sent. She is deeply rooted in scripture and the Wesleyan tradition, but she is also connected to the common dailyness of living. May we be like the early Christians that she writes about…so that the way we live becomes an open invitation for others to experience the joy of life in Christ.”
President, Trevecca Nazarene University
“Here is a book that speaks to our shared experiences in a way that offers hope for a different future. I found the treatment of Jesus’s words in Matthew to be informative and inspiring and a joy to absorb. As a therapist, editor, consultant, and pastor’s wife, the author brings an intimate acquaintance with people whose stories illustrate profoundly the truths being discussed. These accounts from real people make it clear that God does enable people to live life to the full, love enemies, become generous, and reflect the joy God intends for all.”
United Methodist bishop, retired and author of The Fun of Being Looney