God Has a Name
Yes, this is a book about God – who he is, who he’s not, and the staggering implications of who we are as a result. But no, this is not just “another” book about God.
God Has a Name is shaped around one incredibly important paragraph in Exodus. In the well-known story of Moses interacting with God on Mount Sinai, Moses asks to see God’s glory. But what God does – and says – is surprising and relevant for anyone who wants to understand God today.
Comer’s fresh voice, creative and contemporary examples, powerful language, and deep respect for the scriptures open up the Bible and the story of God to reveal not only his character but how he interacts with us. And in the end, we will know how to “carry that name” ourselves and represent God in how we live.
For everyone who is trying to understand this God the Bible talks about, the church teaches about, and preachers preach about, this is the place to begin. Ground zero - where God himself tells us who he really is.
John Mark Comer’s God Has a Name is not just a book; it’s an experience. This book is more than just a nutritious delicacy; it’s an aesthetic experience full of passion and power, truth and imagination. He’s one of the few Christian writers who makes me want to read more (good) books and watch less Netflix. (Dr. Preston Sprinkle, New York Times bestselling author and president of The Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender)John Mark Comer is a master communicator. More important, he loves the Bible, listens to the Bible, and has learned from the Bible so deeply that what he teaches and preaches is soaked in the Bible. For that reason alone, John Mark has become an important voice in the American church. In God Has a Name, we are treated to nothing less than a panorama of the Bible’s understanding of God on the basis of one of the most important---and often neglected---passages in the whole Bible. This book will bless your life because it will lead you straight to God! (Scot McKnight, PhD, Julius R. Mantey professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary)The best way to describe God Has a Name is if A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy and Rob Bell’s What We Talk About When We Talk About God had a love child who rebelled against her parents. (David Lomas, lead pastor of Reality San Francisco and author of The Truest Thing about You)In an age when everyone thinks Jesus is on their team, baptizing their agenda, getting behind their ideologies, we have become a people orthodox unto ourselves. “I am the measure of truth,” everyone seems to be saying, “and dissenters are to be burned at the stake.” By the pen of John Mark Comer, we have a book that will pop our bubbles of arrogance. In the end, it provokes us out of our self-aggrandizement and beckons us into the throne room of worship. Recommended without reservation! (Dr. A. J. Swoboda, pastor, professor, and author of The Dusty Ones)Using his unique voice, wonderfully disarming humor, and knack for theological paraphrase, John Mark Comer has crafted another challenging work that we pray will impact readers as significantly as it has our community in Portland. (The elders of Bridgetown Church)John Mark Comer is a wise and stimulating guide who points out just how much we’ve underestimated the endless mercy of God in the Old Testament. Prepare to have your deepest assumptions about God’s character challenged in the best possible way. (Dr. Tim Mackie, co-creator of The Bible Project)“What is God like?” is the question one must answer. The Bible itself quotes Exodus 34v6–7 constantly. John Mark Comer’s contemplations will assist you to ponder what it teaches. Your mind, spirit, and heart will be transformed. (Gerry Breshears, PhD, Professor of Theology at Western Seminary, Portland)Across the Western world, there is a growing band of neighborhoods, cities, and towns that hold tightly to their progressive identities, resisting and rejecting Christianity as, at best, passé and, at worst, oppressive. John Mark Comer pastors from such a city---Portland---encouraging us to live a faithful, deep, and devoted life of discipleship. His is an important voice, one that helps us flourish as followers of Christ in contexts in which even the name of God is contested. (Mark Sayers, senior pastor of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia, and author of Disappearing Church and Strange Days)Despite the growing popularity of atheism, the vast majority of people say they still believe in God. But this “God” is often just a projection of their own values, morals, and ideas. This book is a simple yet profound guide to what God has said about himself. Who he says he is. And his true identity and character are both far different and far better than we could ever imagine. (Skye Jethani, author of With and former editor at Christianity Today)There aren’t many questions in life that if you find the answer to them, it can change everything. But asking who God is and what is he like are two of those questions, and John Mark Comer brilliantly answers them in this book. (Jefferson Bethke, author of It’s Not What You Think) --This text refers to the Paperback edition. John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday. He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church.Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of Loveology, My Name is Hope, Garden City and the upcoming God Has a Name.For more of John Mark's teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to bridgetown.church and sign up for the podcast or visit www.johnmarkcomer.com.
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