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David J. Lose holds the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of Making Sense of Scripture and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806698519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806698519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interesting way of conveying information that can be very detailed. This book takes you into a conversation and is not intimidating for the lay reader. I feel like I am understanding the Bible SO much more from reading this book. Concepts that were never there for me before are now clear.
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By Sam Brannon on September 18, 2014
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This book is a great journey into the Theology of the Cross. I highly suggest anyone read this book who wants to venture into a deeper and more authentic faith. The Cross is where the Creator's grace comes full circle. What a wonderful theologian. Thanks Dave. Oh, and the writing makes the subject matter easily accessible for lay readers.
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This book is great for putting words to what is so hard for the average Christian to explain. I highly recommend this - for personal reading or for small group study in a church setting.
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Anyone, Christian or just curious, who is dissatisfied with that they have been told about "why Jesus had to die" will find this book useful. Instead of one definitive answer, the author discusses several ways Christians over the centuries have tried to make sense of Jesus' death, influenced both by the Bible and by the issues of their own time periods. He examines the strengths and weaknesses of each theory in light of several benchmark questions, such as "What does this viewpoint tell us about God?" and "What does this viewpoint say about the lives of Christians?" We used this book as the starting point for a series of interdenominational adult classes, and it worked very well for that.

There have probably been whole libraries written on the question of "What does Jesus' death mean?" For convenience, the author has grouped the explanations into three broad categories. That means he makes some large oversimplifications in places. Interested readers will probably want to read more about their favorite topics.

At first, I found the two-voice-conversation style of writing distracting and overly cutesy. After reading the book, I feel that it did work well, especially for setting a tone that respects a wide range of viewpoints, and acknowledges that readers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Every person in the conversation has something to contribute; each "theory of atonement" says something valuable; no one theory contains the whole truth.
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David Lose is gifted in finding language that shares complex ideas in easy-to-understand ways. Making Sense of the Cross continues in this manner. He looks at the views of the cross from the gospel writer's perspectives and shows how context influenced each writer's content. He also traces historical views of the cross and helps the reader explore his or her own understanding. Well worth the read-- even better if you can read with friends and discuss.
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It provides a concise and yet easy to understand dialog of the history of the three major thought arenas about the purpose of the crucifixion. Then it hits you with an analysis that seems to incorporate those thoughts and brings on a different understanding -- a leafs you to consider really experiencing the resurrection's gift.
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The progression of this study leads the reader through the uniqueness of each Gospel and the struggle experienced by the church through the ages. Rather that answer questions, Lose provides what is need for the reader to discover what sense he/she can make of the puzzle of the Cross. Highly recommended for those who are truly searching and open to being led through the Labyrinth of history and theology.
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This is the second of David Lose's books I have read and studied. He shares a lot of information in a way that can be easily used. Try Making Sense of Scripture. The study guide helps to form a great class.
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