Near the Cross

A Lenten Journey of Prayer

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Near the Cross
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Published December 2015

Pray with the mind and heart of Jesus.

Prayer nurtures our faith and encourages spiritual growth. This thematic
Bible study calls individuals and small groups to a deeper life of
prayer during the season of Lent. It guides readers to spiritual
transformation and application of Bible study to everyday, practical
life experience. By coming near the cross through prayer, we can know
and imitate heart of Christ.

This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals and
small groups during the Lent 2016 season. In addition to the main
content, each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a
brief prayer, and a focus for the week. The focus emerges from the
chapter content and encourages readers to engage in a spiritual practice
or do something specific that will help them grow in faith. On the
whole, this thematic seasonal Bible study series is designed for
transformation and application of Bible study to everyday, practical
life experience.

About the Author

Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.

Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Along with the Cabinet, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 800 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. He came to the Florida Conference in 2012, following a ministry of almost thirty years in Western North Carolina, twenty-nine as a local church pastor.
Bishop Carter is the immediate past-president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, and he was one of three moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, the commission authorized by the General Conference in matters of unity and human sexuality.
He is author of a number of books, most recently Fresh Expressions of People Over Property and Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church (both with Audrey Warren) and Embracing The Wideness: The Shared Convictions of United Methodists.
He travels extensively across the state, preaching in local churches and encouraging lay and clergy leaders.
Bishop Carter and his wife, Pam have been married for thirty-seven years. Pam is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and was previously a regional team leader in disaster recovery for the Florida Conference. They are blessed with two adult daughters: Liz lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD. student at U.C.L.A., and Abby is on the staff of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee. Abby and her husband Allen are parents of Paige, the bishop’s granddaughter.
The Carters consider it a great blessing to live and serve in Florida.