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April 9, 2009
The "Gospel of Jesus Christ" does not need any reinventing. It is simply what is indicated inside the quotation marks --JESUS CHRIST! There is a way Jesus taught and laid down by which all posterity can know him in a life-transforming experience, i.e., firsthand and personally, as he reveals himself on the cross! I don't see any trace of this on your product.
I first learned of James Choungs bookTrue Story when it was featured in Christianity Today magazine a few months ago. Choung masterfully uses a mini-novel format to unfold superbly the whys & wherefores of a new presentation of the Good News. The main character is, like the author, Korean American, and his mentor is a female Afro-American professor. I highly recommend it. I get the feeling this approach will better resonate with students, who, feeling the invulnerability of youth, are not as obsessed with their eternal destiny as are folks of my vintage. Besides that, I truly believe this presentation is a more complete picture of who we are to become as followers of the Messiah in the world today. A very useful summary (minus the novel) is available online in a PDF format (explanation-of-the-big-story-32.pdf). Please note the double barrier to prevent one jumping past the 3rd circle and on to the 4th. This is certainly not an unregenerate social gospel approach. But it does address quite forcefully how those who have been regenerated/ born anew/ transformed in Christ are to relate to and within society. This is so urgently needed within the Christian community thoughout the world. Thank you, James Choung!
James Choungs's True Story is a very readable book that presents a well rounded approach to presenting the gospel. By using a provocative narrative featuring Caleb and his friend Anna, we read a realistic account of what people are thinking on the college campus and beyond. A helpful insight comes to the fore when Choung has Caleb discuss the faith with a Christian professor. She points out that the gospel presented by Jesus in Mark and elsewhere is, "The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news (gospel)." From this Choung presents an interpretation of Christ's message that is more comprehensive, relevant, and honest than many I've encountered. I'm buying multiple copies to share with my church family and highly recommend this book!