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The Lost Message of Jesus Paperback – March 3, 2004
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NT Wright has shown us the importance of love and forgiveness in the message of Jesus, and Chalke and Mann summarize that message here by looking at some of the key texts and themes in the Gospels.
Since I have read a lot of NT Wright, and prefer writing that is a little more academic and detail-oriented, I found this book to be a little repetitive and basic. Also, although the authors frequently made good points and referenced some good book, there were no footnotes to be found anywhere. If I wanted to follow up on something they cited, there was no way to do so.
So if you haven't read much of NT Wright, but are curious about what he says, this might be a good book for you.
This book earns a rating of 4 stars because of its straightforward content and overall approachability. Throughout the book Chalke focuses on the biblical concept of the Kingdom of God, which is the dominant message in the life and teaching of Jesus. In doing so, as other reviewers have noted, the tone of the text emphasizes action, love and justice. Readers who might find this book to be "liberal" are probably approaching the TLMOJ from a different angle than the author and this may result in some discomfort. Chalke focuses on Jesus and the message he brings as is recorded in the Gospels. This message is comprised of his words, but perhaps more importantly his actions. Readers looking for the sinner's prayer or emphasis on personal salvation wont find it in TLMOJ because this idea is largely absent from the Gospels. I can't help but think that most of the objections raised by this book will largely be prompted by an American Evangelical reading of the Bible, rather than an honest assessment of Jesus as he lived and taught in the first century world.
As I read the book I kept thinking to myself "I have heard this before" and in most cases I had. A reader searching for a wealth of "original" material in TLMOJ may be disappointed as most of the content and ideas can be found more fleshed out in other sources; the influence of NT Wright is especially noticeable. That being said, the strength of the book is not its originality, rather it is its presentation. Chalke does a marvelous job of presenting a holistic understanding of the Kingdom of God in a book that is easy to read and easy to recommend.Read more ›
This was a controversial book when it came out in the UK. It is a fresh exploration of the radical, life-changing, world-shaping message Jesus brought. Putting aside our cultural lenses, the writers follow N T Wright in inviting us to see Jesus through first-century eyes to see the revolutionary power of the gospel. `What Would Jesus Do' paraphernalia is popular today, but useless without a grasp of how Jesus acted and related. His cultural vandalism, boundary-crossing and party-going nature undermines a lot of legalistic Christian practice today. Chalke and Mann question starting evangelism with a focus on sin; an important doctrine but not as important nor as inviting as God's unconditional love and his plan and destiny for people. And they critique a narrow gospel that saves people for heaven instead of inviting them also to live for the Kingdom now. Instead of `don't do this and that' or `repent and go to heaven' they suggest starting with `if you could know what God is doing and be part of it, would you want to?' They comment: `The world is full of people who have been told, time and again by the Church, what not to do. What they long to hear about is what God wants them to do. People are desperate for a message that they can buy into, that they can see will make a difference to them and to the world in which they live' (p.117).
Originally reviewed in Darren Cronshaw `The Emerging Church: Spirituality and Worship Reading Guide.' Zadok Papers S159 (Autumn 2008).
There are no doubt some wonderful moments in this book, but overall, I don't know if I can endorse of a book that refuses to acknowledge some pretty important doctrines.Read more ›
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If I won the lottery tomorrow and came into a large fortune I would purchase 7,000,000,000 copies of this book and disseminate them to every person on this planet. Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by Michael G. Paul
A MUST READ FOR FOLLOWERS, PEOPLE WHO ARE CONFUSED BY THE CHURCH OR THOSE LOOKING FOR DIRECTION. IT'S NOT ABOUT INSTITUTIONS, IT'S PERSONAL AND SIMPLE---- GOD IS LOVE!Published on January 24, 2010 by trish
A popular evangelical New Testament scholar on theology is Steve Chalke. His easily read and understood book "The Lost Message of Jesus" states a very loud question: "What is The... Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Dianna L. Edwards
This book is tragically off the mark, so much so that it is blasphemous. What, you may ask, is so terrible in this book that I use such harsh judgment? Read morePublished on June 17, 2008 by S. T. Roberts
Most of Steve Chalke's book is relatively benign, but near the end, Chalke pits the love of God against the traditional understanding of the atonement, and for this, I think the... Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by West_Coast_Bias
Chalke's central message here is that the idea of a wrathful God, with anger directed at the rebellion of sinners (and thus the need to send his son Jesus as a sacrifice to save... Read morePublished on March 1, 2008 by Johnno
Now and then a book comes along that simply reminds us the basic teaching of Jesus, this is that book. Read morePublished on November 21, 2006 by A. Chang