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The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News? Paperback – September 9, 2008
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Starred Review. As minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church, Gomes was a popular preacher well before The Good Book became a bestseller in 1996. Several subsequent books were, or read like, first-rate sermon collections, but this is an incisive original aimed at cautious defenders of conventional wisdom. Asserting that we are meant to go beyond the Bible in order to discover the gospel, Gomes points away from the past toward a future in which promise and fulfillment meet. Meanwhile, we must manage to live in the world as it is—a world steeped in hostility, suffering and injustice. If we take the gospel seriously, then like Jesus we will risk all, and might even lose all. Still, we hang on to a muscular hope that is not mere nostalgia for what never was, but an earnest expectation of what is to be. A born storyteller, Gomes knows how to spin an aphorism: The opposite of fear is not courage but compassion. And indeed his tone is compassionate even when he chides those who fear conflict and change, but especially when he extols God's provision for the healing and care of all his creation, and not simply our little part of it. (Nov.)
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“An incisive original... [Gomes is] a born storyteller.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
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The challenge for us "rich Christians" to remain faithful to God and the message of Jesus. How can this good news be life-giving to people who have everything they need and most of what they want?
While one does not find the answer to this question, the reader will have better tools to find it for themselves.