The Lost Message of Jesus   -     By: Steve Chalke & Alan Mann
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The Lost Message of Jesus

Zondervan / 2004 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 5.2 X 7.88 (inches)
ISBN: 0310248825
ISBN-13: 9780310248828
UPC: 025986248826

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Publisher's Description

A fresh—and perhaps controversial—look at Jesus by one of Britain’s most respected Christian authors. Who is the real Jesus? Do we remake him in our own image and then wonder why our spirituality is less than life-changing and exciting? Steve Chalke—a high-profile visionary in the United Kingdom and an evangelical recognized not only by Christians but by the general public as well—believes that the real Jesus is deeply challenging. And each new generation must grapple with the question of who he is, because only through a constant study of Jesus are we able to discover God himself. The Lost Message of Jesus is written to stir thoughtful debate and pose fresh questions that will help create a deeper understanding of Jesus and his message. It is an encounter with the real Jesus of his world—not the Jesus we try to mold to ours. Themes include: •The Kingdom of God—shalom—is available to everyone now, through Jesus •The world outside your own church needs to hear of the depth of God’s love and suffering •Jesus was a radical and a revolutionary! •Jesus offers immediate forgiveness, without cost, to anyone •Jesus shows us repentance isn’t a guilt-laden list of dos and don’ts, but an inspirational vision of a new way to live Focusing on some of the key episodes, events, and issues of Jesus’ life, we will see how too often the message we preach today has been influenced more by the culture we live in than the radical, life-changing, world-shaping message Jesus shared two thousand years ago.

Author Bio

Steve Chalke is an ordained minister and the founder of Oasis, which over the last 25 years has developed into a group of charities working to deliver education, training, youth work, health care and housing around the world. He is the senior minister of, Waterloo and a UN Special Advisor working to combat people trafficking. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his work in social inclusion. Alan Mann is a freelance writer, educator and consultant in the area of Christianity and contemporary culture. He has worked with Steve Chalke on numerous publications, including The Lost Message of Jesus.

Publisher's Weekly

Chalke, a British social activist, broadcaster and author of The Parenttalk Guide to Your Child and Sex and Faithworks, asserts that churches neglect Christ's basic message that "the Kingdom... is available now to everyone through me." Instead, Chalke says, pieces of Christ's message have been overemphasized and distorted. Like a refinisher removing lacquer from antique furniture, Chalke seeks to strip falsity and tradition from the gospel by examining the accounts of Christ's life in their original context. Clear explanations and plenty of anecdotes reveal truths that get little air time in most pulpits. For example, Jesus offered forgiveness outside the temple. In doing so, he brought hope to people the Pharisees had shut out of the temple-and threatened the nation's power structure. Such insights illustrate the immediacy of Christ's message; Chalke says Jesus offered forgiveness " `right here, right now' and for free." But just as the furniture refinisher risks damaging the original while restoring its beauty, Chalke scrapes the outer boundaries of Christian orthodoxy with questionable treatment of the traditional Western notion of original sin (he cites no scripture in saying Christ emphasized humanity's "original goodness") and of the atonement. Chalke appears to reject the idea that Jesus' death was a sacrifice for sin, maintaining instead that the crucifixion destroyed "the ideology that violence is the ultimate solution." The book's intent-to free the gospel from religious bias and expose its unvarnished power-deserves kudos, but some traditional Christians may greet the specifics with skepticism. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

“The core of Christ's message (although often misinterpreted) is clear: The kingdom, the shalom (peace) of God, is now available to all humankind through Jesus. God's kingdom is one of complete inclusion and acceptance, of forgiveness and a new plan for the world. In The Lost Message of Jesus authors Chalke and Mann assert that it is a tragedy that during past centuries the church has failed to communicate, even understand, this revolutionary message. Instead, say the authors, the Jesus that Christians present as 'good news' is often viewed by the public as 'bad news.'
“Chalke, founding director of Oasis Trust and Faithworks, and Mann, a researcher and writer, look at Jesus in His original setting--first century Palestine, with all of its distinctive political, economic, social and religious practices. The authors aim to give readers a picture of Jesus from the perspective of the people He encountered: namely, religious leaders, prostitutes, tax collectors, the powerful, and also the disenfranchised. The authors examine Christ's life from birth to death to show how He radically challenged centuries of Jewish teaching and beliefs about God's character and His plan for humankind. By knitting key events and issues of Christ's life, the authors convey that too often the message Christians preach is influenced more by the culture of the world than by the life-changing message Jesus brought to Earth more than 2,000 years ago.
“This book offers lively and informative accounts of Jesus. Besides the fast-paced prose that is filled with interesting details, there is a great range of history that is shared. Instead of just piecing together colorful anecdotes about Jesus, Chalke and Mann capture the central point of His message and ministry. At times there are problems with the authors' declaration that the church has mishandled Christ's original message. They highlight instances of the church's failure to communicate the message, but they do not always clearly convey the fundamental changes in society and culture that resulted in that disjointed message.
“This book is written to pose fresh questions and create thoughtful debate. Readers who want to develop a deeper understanding of Jesus will enjoy the analysis given by Chalke and Mann. This book is sure to shed light on the message that Christ continues to bring.” -- James C. Hendrix, Ph.D., Christian Book

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 26, 2008
    Justin Ngien
    I do not understand why this book is being sold here and published by Zondervan when it clearly profanes and twists what Scriptures clearly thought about the historical doctrine of the Atonement. It is so clear as to the extract given by Jeremy Gardiner in his review. Any true born again believer with the Holy Spirit can easily decern it. Please stay away from this book and the author. This book is a clear stumbling block!
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    January 9, 2008
    Jeremy Gardiner
    Instead of giving a review, I'll give you a quote from the author and if you're saved you should be able to discern this dangerous blasphemy.The fact is that the cross isn't a form of cosmic child abusea vengeful Father, punishing his Son for an offense he has not even committed. Understandably, both people inside and outside of the Church have found this twisted version of events morally dubious and a huge barrier to faith. Deeper than that, however, is that such a concept stands in total contradiction to the statement: God is love. If the cross is a personal act of violence perpetrated by God towards humankind but borne by his Son, then it makes a mockery of Jesus' own teaching to love your enemies and to refuse to repay evil with evil. (Steve Chalke and Alan Mann, The Lost Message of Jesus, [Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003], pp. 182-183)STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK AND THE AUTHOR
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 22, 2006
    Mark Robinson
    A provocative and stimulating book for everyone interested in what Jesus came to do. Even if you don't agree with everything in this book, it does at least make you question whether the church has been lopsided in its preaching of the Gospel. Why did Jesus preach so much about the Kingdom, but Christians concentrate their message principally on the forgiveness of sins?
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