According to evangelical theologian, Scot McKnight, the gospel is too often reduced to forgiveness from sins and getting to heaven. The message of the Bible, and the story of God, is actually much bigger and better - than just that. In Embracing Grace, McKnight presents an understanding of our relationship with Jesus that takes in the whole range of the Bible, from the original Fall to the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.
This fascinating book explains that the gospel is about the restoration of "cracked Eikons" (fallen humans) so that humans can be in union with God and in communion with the saints. In the candid and lucid style that has made McKnight's The Jesus Creed so appealing to thousands of pastors, lay leaders, and everyday people who are searching for a more authentic faith, he encourages all Christians to recognize the simple, yet potentially transforming truth of the gospel message: God seeks to restore us to wholeness not only to make us better individuals, but to form a community of Jesus, a society in which humans strive to be in union with God and in communion with others.
SCOT MCKNIGHT, PH.D., is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. He is the award-winning author of The Jesus Creed, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, The Real Mary, Embracing Grace, and Praying with the Church , among other books. Scot lives with his wife, Kristen, near Chicago.
In this earnest interpretation of the Gospel message, McKnight reaches out to
believers and potential believers wrestling with the complexities of a
pluralistic world. A professor of biblical and theological studies at North
Park University and author of more than 10 books, McKnight uses the Genesis
story of Adam and Eve to posit that human beings are "cracked Eikons." Created
to relate to God and to others but broken through disobedience, men and women
need restoration through the Gospel. Comfortably navigating between classical
theology and Scripture, McKnight also uses fictional, autobiographical and
biographical examples to scrutinize traditional theological concepts such as
creation, sin, redemption and grace. In asserting "the Gospel is the work of
God to restore human beings to union with God and communion with others,"
McKnight is highly concerned to counter individualism, which he terms the
greatest barrier to embracing grace. Being God's "special creation" is,
instead, about being in relationship with others and about embracing
responsibility for the whole created world. Although McKnight's prose
sometimes hovers awkwardly between that of the theologian and the popular
writer, this is a well-grounded introduction to some of Christianity's great
themes in an appealingly contemporary style. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed
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