JB Phillips A Great Teacher on Being a Christian…
Over the last few months I have made reference to the author J.B Phillips. I do this as I find his understandings, though written some 50 years ago, give a most profound insight into the nature and presence of God in our Lives today. He dismisses some of the popularly held views of Jesus, which present Jesus as more judgemental than loving and lifting broken spirits.
He does this by going to the Gospels, and observing how Jesus really was with the people of that time and how he related to them. You will read him saying “Jesus never worked at arousing guilt in people”, but did talk much about forgiveness from God and our forgiveness to others. He deals with most aspects of being a Christian in the world, and when you read his works it’s as if he had written for the this 21st century.
Here is a review of one of his books:
“Your God is Too Small is a groundbreaking work of faith, which challenges the constraints of traditional religion. In his discussion of God, author J.B. Phillips encourages Christians to redefine their understanding of a creator without labels or earthly constraints, and instead search for a meaningful concept of God. Phillips explains that the trouble facing many of us today is that we have not found a God big enough for our modern needs. In a world where our experience of life has grown in myriad directions, and our mental horizons have been expanded to the point of bewilderment by world events and scientific discoveries, our ideas of God have remained largely static. This inspirational work tackles tough topics, and inspires readers to re-evaluate and connect more deeply with a God that is relevant to current experience and big enough to command respect and admiration.”
His list of other publications (available from Amazon) includes:
Making Men Whole
Ring of Truth
New Testament Christianity
Is God at Home
For me, there have been few influences on my life greater than the writings of JB Phillips and I read and re-read his books still today even after first reads 50 years ago. I would encourage anyone who has not read his works to purchase and learn from this giant of the Anglican church and Christian world of the 1950’s and 60’s.