Taking a fresh approach to theology, Kinlaw examines familiar categories through the primary lens of the person and work of Jesus, revealing rich pictures of the nature of God, personhood, sin, salvation, and sanctification. Three metaphors---royal/legal, familial, and nuptial---describe the nature of the relationship God desires with us and serve as motifs for Kinlaw's reflections. 160 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.
If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. (John 14:7) Jesus is the great stumbling block of faith. It is in him that Christianity finds its uniqueness among the religions of the world. He is the Incarnate Son of God, the unique revelation of the Father. Yet so often, we begin the process of theological formulation not with the person of Jesus, but rather, with philosophical arguments about Gods existence and logical constructions to determine Gods nature. How would our understanding be affected if we instead took Jesus as our starting point for doing theology? In Lets Start with Jesus, respected biblical scholar Dennis Kinlaw explores this question, revealing answers that are profound. In seeking to describe the nature of the relationship God desires with us, he explores three metaphorsroyal/legal, familial, and nuptialwhich serve as motifs for his reflection. Taking familiar theological categories, Kinlaw views them through the primary lens of the person and work of Jesus, and finds that Jesus reveals rich pictures of the nature of God, the nature of personhood, the problem of sin, the way of salvation, and finally, the means of sanctification via perfect love. The distilled wisdom of one of this generations greatest thinkers. Dr. Kinlaw leads you deep into the inner sanctuary of the Holy Trinity and shows you three distinct persons relating to each other in pure reciprocal love. Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Every time I read something written by Dennis Kinlaw my mind is stimulated and my heart strangely warmed. Lets Start with Jesus is another important book from a truly gifted man. Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University Kinlaws revolutionary approach to doing theology is much more than thatits a revolutionary approach to life. Kinlaw locates ultimate purpose in a place the church has almost totally neglected, and he does so graciously, with powerful, tightly reasoned biblical argumentation.
Dr. Dennis F. Kinlaw (PhD Brandeis) is the founder of the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore, Kentucky and former president of Asbury College. He is the author of This Day with the Master, Preaching in the Spirit, The Mind of Christ, and We Live as Christ. Dr. Kinlaw is married to Elsie Katherine Blake and they have five children. They reside in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Scholarly and spiritually insightful, this book views theology through the Person of Jesus Christ. This approach allows an incisive look at the uniqueness of Christianity by quickly getting to the heart of the Gospel. The often-quoted philosophical arguments about the existence of God are bypassed for an intimate revelation of the reality of Jesus.
Christ literally stands at the crossroads of the worlds religions. While the concept of God seems to merge with other beliefs, the ministry of Jesus stands alone. There is no parallel in other religions, which makes an ideal starting point for defining theological ideas. The authors penetrating reflections will cause readers to think deeply on this issue.
By using familiar Christian convictions and filtering them through the Person of Jesus, there is a renewed appreciation and understanding of vital doctrines. The nature of God, the problem of sin and the means of sanctification come into sharper focus when viewed through this lens. The divine association of the Trinity is also revealed in a marvelous and majestic way.
This book needs to be read slowly and carefully. Its obvious the author has a brilliant mind, filled with spiritual wisdom. These pages literally overflow with excellent thoughts, enabling the diligent reader to uncover some amazing insights. This is a serious study; however, its more than just an intellectual pursuit. By starting with Jesus, there is a profound blending of theology and worship. The author, who is a respected biblical scholar, has both the intelligence and the spiritual sensitivity to make this subject relevant and rewarding to every reader! Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com
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