Simply Jesus for $1.99

Simply-JesusFor those interested, one of N.T. Wright’s most recent books, Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters, is currently available for $1.99 in the Kindle version.

It’s definitely worth purchasing for a mere $1.99. N.T. Wright is one of the foremost New Testament scholars today, bringing out a lot of the historical and cultural setting of the first century setting in the New Testament.

Here’s my concise summary of the book: Continue reading

Jesus’ Baptism and Time in the Wilderness

JesusWildernessBecause it’s the season of Lent, I took a little time one morning this week to re-read the accounts of both Jesus’ baptism and his time in the wilderness. I particularly read Matthew’s account – 3:13-17 and 4:1-11.

I know that, for many of us, when we approach the Bible, we do so in hopes that it will speak to us personally. God, what are you saying to me? Father, how do I need to be changed by this text?

Questions similar to these.

And this is not wrong. It’s actually a very fine thing. But what we might not realise is that the Scriptures were actually given to speak into a larger, more communal setting. And, for the New Testament Scriptures, and specifically the gospels, they’ve been given to highlight something quite interesting about this person, Jesus. Continue reading

How God Became King & Simply Jesus

Amongst evangelicals, N.T. Wright is kind of like Marmite. If you don’t know what this product is, all I can say is that it’s basically a paste that you spread over toast and it’s made from yeast extract. Yummy…or not!

But what they say about Marmite is that you either love it or hate it. There’s not much room for in between. I’ll let you guess where I stand…

Anyways, some people really appreciate (or love) the work of N.T. Wright. Some are on the opposite side of the fence. Hence, the Marmite comparison. I am one who finds myself appreciating his work. And, whereas much of his early work was in the world of academia, he is now popping out books left and right to make available for common folk like you and I.

Two recent releases that have come to us over the past year, both in a very similar vein, are about a) the message of the gospels and b) the life and purpose of Jesus. The former is entitled How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels; the latter is called Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters. Continue reading

Why Do We Run & Jump to Paul?

So I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about the gospel these days. And I know I need to post part 3 of my series on evangelism soon (part 1 is here; part 2 is here).

Surrounding this whole discussion, I believe there is a serious question we all need to ask ourselves concerning the gospel:

Why is it that we so easily run and jump to Paul’s writings rather than starting with Christ and the Gospels (or we could even ask about starting from the creation)? Continue reading