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Things He Said

Author(s): Stephen Cottrell

ISBN13: 9780281061976

ISBN10: 0281061971

Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian

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  • Many a popular Good Friday devotion is based upon Jesus seven last words from the cross. But there isnt the same emphasis on the words Jesus spoke on Easter Day - words, as it were, from an empty tomb. Following the resurrection, we would expect the triumphant `I have risen from the dead! Yet Jesus statements are so different, so apparently unremarkable, that they are often overlooked.

    Each Gospel gives a different account of the very first words of the risen Lord. This book reveals how these words, and the events that followed, speak to us as powerfully as the words from the cross. They illuminate our understanding of the resurrections: helping us to penetrate its meaning and significance. They also speak of Gods purpose for us today as we try to discover at it means to be an Easter people.

    The Christian faith stands or falls on the resurrection of Jesus; without it, says. St Paul, we are to be most pitied. In this revelatory book of surprising reflections, Stephen Cottrells retelling of the Easter story encourages us to slow down and hear it properly - perhaps for the very first time.

  • Stephen Cottrell


    Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly the Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop’s evangelism team.


    He has written widely about evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his recent books are From the Abundance of the Heart: catholic evangelism for all Christians (DLT 2006); Do Nothing to Change your Life; discovering what happens when you stop (CHP 2007); Hit the Ground Kneeling; seeing leadership differently (CHP 2008) and for SPCK a book of Lent and Holy Week meditations The Things He Carried (SPCK 2008) and a follow up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (SPCK 2009). His most recent Lent book for SPCK is The Nail (2011). He is also one of the authors of the widely used Emmaus programme for evangelism, nurture and discipleship.


    He is married to Rebecca, who is a potter, and they have three boys. When he is not bishoping or writing Stephen enjoys reading, painting, printing and cooking and struggles to bang out a tune on his ukulele banjo.

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