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Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us Paperback – November 1, 2005
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The USAmerican (or "western") gospel is a shrivelled specimen of the gospel presented in the Bible and lived and proclaimed by Jesus, the apostles and early church.
One line in the book captures a boatload of truth. Scot writes about the younger generation of Christians who are aware of a bigger gospel than the previous generation could imagine. Scot states, "That gospel comes in the shape of a community."
Think about that. The gospel comes not in the shape of a sermon or a pamphlet or 3 steps to this and 4 steps for that. A community.
Weaving together the grand story of God's redemptive purpose, McKnight brings together the broken strands of God's creation design for humanity. Sin shattered the eikons of God, that is, sin corrupted men and women who bear God's image and who exist to live a life of love with God, with each other and with creation itself. This design includes being content within ourselves as well.
The western monkey-wrench that clogs up the process of God's gospel of restoration is our renegade worship of the idol of "individualism." Sin made Adam and Eve primarily individuals which was a devastating crack in God's majestic Eikons. We've been in a deep, gooey mess ever since.
In McKnight's unfolding of the marvels of the biblical gospel we appreciate the wonder of the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness is breath-taking, no doubt. But forgiveness is the foothills of the Rockies. Restored relationships are the peaks of the gospel. Sin destroys relationships as well as muddies up our lives. The gospel is about restoring relationships with a joyful, divine Community called God the Father, Son and Spirit.Read more ›
This is a very powerful, deeply thought out, yet easy to read book. Scot McKnight has the knowledge and depth of a theologian (which he is) with the heart of a pastor - actually more than that - the heart of an eikon being restored to it's true state. His writing style is engaging and never bogs you down. In fact he's almost too down to earth at times (what on earth is "tohu va-bohu" Scot??Read more ›
In his book, Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us, Scot McKnight presents us with the biblical story of God's grace in such a way that we can authentically live it out in true community.
You won't find some re-hashed narrow presentation of mere propositions in this book. What you will find is the more holistic story of God's embracing grace to restore us to our original design as his image-bearers -- presented by a biblical scholar who knows the grand story, and who has the gift to explain it in terms that we can understand and experience in the reality of our daily lives.
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This book contains as wonderful an explanation of God's grace as I have ever read. Anyone who reads it will have a clearer understanding of the unmerited love of God.Published on May 17, 2014 by Jacqueline Spierenburg
I'm a little late in reading this book from Scot McKnight, but I wanted to add my two cents worth of review to what others have already said. Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by William D. Curnutt
"The Gospel is more like a piece of music to be performed than a list of ideas to endorse."
With those words Scot McKnight launches the reader in to an extremely helpful... Read more
I join my voice to the other reviewers. the book is simple and full of grace.it made me know a little bit more what a great and good thing the gospel is.Published on March 21, 2009 by Elias Tannous