The Ancient Laugh of God: Divine Encounters in Unlikely Places
J. Marshall Jenkins believes that irony undergirds the ordinary. Through the ironies of God's presence and absence, and human life and death, he feels the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Through the eyes of faith, one can catch glimpses of Christ.
Some stories in this volume present biblical themes in a contemporary context; others examine contemporary spiritual concerns in biblical stories. They explore the incarnation, sometimes playfully, at other times darkly, always holding fast to Christ's conquest of death through weakness-the weakness of the human spirit, the church, creation, and of the child born of Mary. All the essays have grown out of the author's personal search for Christ, never to find him, always to be found by him.
J. Marshal Jenkins is Director of the Counseling Center, Berry college, Mount Berry, Georgia, and a psychologist in private practice in Rome, Georgia