The Timelessness of Jesus Christ:
His Relevance in Today's World

© 1982  Richard C. Halverson

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BT 202.H256 || 261.1 || LC: 82-080008 || 136p. || ISBN: 0-8307-0838-3 || OCLC: 8346851

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Table of Contents

From the Book Jacket

1. The Illusion of Relevance       7

2. Righteousness Exalts a Nation       24

3. Reasonable Fear       39

4. MissionReconciliation       55

5. Jesus and Race Prejudice       70

6. Gracious Neighbor       80

7. The Church in the World       94

8. As I Have I Give       108

9. City of God       120

Postscript    134

Inside Flaps of the Book Jacket

According to the record, Jesus Christ gave sight to the blind, made the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, the crippled to walk. He did a great deal to alleviate human suffering and wretchedness in His three short years of ministry.

But what about those who weren't healedwho were left blind, deaf, dumb and hungry? How can Christians claim that the message of Christ is timeless and relevant today when the world is still broken and fragmented by such evils?

Richard C. Halverson pinpoints this as the key to the whole issue of the relevancy of Jesus Christ. In the finest tradition of medical science, Christ, the Great Physician, "was unwilling to be preoccupied with the symptoms when He could destroy the disease...." He knew that poverty, prejudice, human wretchedness, tragedy, war, and death were due to a malignancy in the human heart, which required His own sacrifice on the cross.

Modern man is discovering the emptiness, the hollowness, the meaninglessness of life without an eternal perspective. In a culture which caters to the body in every conceivable way, he is discovering that preoccupation with bodily appetites does not satisfy and is not fulfilling. Man is an eternal creature, made for eternity. He will never be satisfied with anything less.

Richard C. Halverson (1916-1995), known affectionately as ‘Dick Halverson’, by those who knew him best, devoted his life not only to preaching Christ but to living Christ.

A graduate of Wheaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Halverson was pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. from 1958 to 1981. From 1966 to 1983, he was Chairman of the Board at World Vision. He was a catalyst in the International Prayer Breakfast Movement. Beginning in 1949, he published the weekly Perspective devotional letter. From 1981 to 1994, he served as the 60th Chaplain of the United States Senate.


To the officers and congregation of Fourth Presbyterian Church whose friendship, encouragement, fatherly and brotherly guidance have been one of life's richest benefits through more than twenty-two years of ministry.

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"Ironically, those whose slogan is relevance may be the ones who most risk being swept along passively and blindly by the march of time. It sometimes seems as though they would preserve Christianity in the world by baptizing as 'Christian' whatever they find thriving in the world: psychotherapy . . . urban renewal . . . sexual revolution . . . and finally, atheism . . .

"There is grave risk that the seeming 'relevance' of special ventures, such as direct social action, may be an evansion of the responsibility to respond to God in one's own station and to set right the affairs of one's own life."

From the Princeton Seminary bulletin, June, 1967, by James E. Dittes, Faculty of Yale Divinity School, entitled, "The Relevance of Being Irrelevant."


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