- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Circle Books (April 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846941695
- ISBN-13: 978-1846941696
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,632,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He does it again in this popular book - of which the first edition was quickly sold out. John shows how the Acts of the Apostles reveals, to our surprise, how the Apostles soon deviated in some respects from the teaching of Jesus. Reading it challenges us to ask ourselves whether we do the same. Adrian Smith, Catholic priest and former missionary, author of Tomorrow's Faith John Henson has done it again. He manages to bring to Scripture what is lacking in lots of other commentators - imagination that is grounded in radical theology and rooted in a commitment to the God who is like Jesus. Always thoughtful, sometimes provocative, never dull, the Bad Acts of the Apostles gives readers a different take on members of the early church. An enriching read. Howard Sharp, Moderator of the Mersey Synod of the United Reformed Church
About the Author
John Henson graduated in history and theology from Southampton and Oxford Universities, and is now a retired Baptist minister. He is the editor of Good As New, the radical new translation of the New Testament.He lives in Cardiff, Wales.
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I do confess this: You need to know your Bible before reading this one. There's just too much cram-packed into these 200 pages for Henson to take time to describe the setting of every topic. He assumes you know the Bible stories, and he assumes you've had some exposure to Biblical criticism. The result is no wasted words, and I wound up savoring it very slowly.
Henson's point seems to be that nobody, not even Jesus' closest followers, measure up to Christ. Given the opportunity to lead on their own, the apostles' floundering attempts in the book of Acts sometimes seem to steer the boat off course, away from the compassionate message of their founder. Henson relays the stories in Acts with wry insight, and here I should confess something else: Once in a while, Henson's opinionated directness overshadows his humor. He comes down particularly hard on "Rocky" (Peter) and Paul (who "loved to give advice" even on non-theological matters, and wasn't above the occasional "I told you so" afterward.) Hey, turns out these guys were human after all! None of this is cause to despise these early Christians, we just love them all the more in their character flaws, marveling all the more at how Christianity survived its first bumbling attempts. In other words, Henson's direct approach works.
Definitely worth reading!