Living The Sermon on the Mount: A Practical Hope for Grace and Deliverance
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In Living the Sermon on the Mount, theologian and award-winning author Glen H. Stassen helps us to see that the revolutionary ideas in the Sermon on the Mount about loving and caring for each other, living in peace, and acting justly are not unattainable ideals but a recipe for wholeness and healing in our human relationships and deliverance from the vicious cycles that we get stuck in.


Glen H. Stassen is Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, a scholar in Christian ethics and biblical interpretation. He is the author of many articles and books including Kingdom Ethics (coauthored with David P. Gushee), which won Christianity Today's award for best book of the year in theology or ethics


Editor’s Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 Seeking God’s Holy Presence on the Mountain 1

Chapter 2 Participating with Joy in the Reign of God 17

Chapter 3 The Beatitudes 38

Chapter 4 Practicing Reconciliation and Keeping Our Covenants 63

Chapter 5 Telling the Truth, Making Peace, Loving Our Enemies 82

Chapter 6 The Prayer of Jesus 106

Chapter 7 Investing in God’s Reign and Restorative Justice 125

Chapter 8 Forgoing Judgment for Forgiveness 144

Chapter 9 Practicing Loyalty to God, Not to Worldly Powers 166

Chapter 10 How to Tell a True Ethic from a False One 184

Notes 203

For Further Reading 211

The Author 215

Index 217


"This is the most helpful analysis of the Sermon on the Mount that I have ever studied. It does not paralyze readers with idealism and force us to dismissal, nor does it back off from a very real initiative that we can take."
—Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest; founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"This book is the blessed fruit of Glen H. Stassen’s seminal studies of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Laced with memorable stories that illustrate the Sermon on the Mount’s realism, this book excels in its interpretation and appropriation of Jesus’ hard words both personally and politically. Well written and often gripping, it deserves wide use by seminary and university students and church study groups.:
—Willard M. Swartley, professor emeritus of the New Testament, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary