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Overview The real Jesus is deeply challenging, something which cannot be said for the stain-glass window figure of Christian imagery. "The Lost Message of Jesus" is written to stir thoughtful debate, to pose fresh questions, perhaps even to shed a little new light and help create a deeper understanding of Jesus and his message.
Publishers Description A fresh---and perhaps controversial---look at Jesus by one of Britain s most respected Christian authors. Who is the real Jesus? Do we remake him in our own image and then wonder why our spirituality is less than life-changing and exciting? Steve Chalke---a high-profile visionary in the United Kingdom and an evangelical recognized not only by Christians but by the general public as well---believes that the real Jesus is deeply challenging. And each new generation must grapple with the question of who he is, because only through a constant study of Jesus are we able to discover God himself. The Lost Message of Jesus is written to stir thoughtful debate and pose fresh questions that will help create a deeper understanding of Jesus and his message. It is an encounter with the real Jesus of his world---not the Jesus we try to mold to ours. Themes include: *The Kingdom of God---shalom---is available to everyone now, through Jesus *The world outside your own church needs to hear of the depth of God s love and suffering *Jesus was a radical and a revolutionary *Jesus offers immediate forgiveness, without cost, to anyone *Jesus shows us repentance isn t a guilt-laden list of dos and don ts, but an inspirational vision of a new way to live Focusing on some of the key episodes, events, and issues of Jesus life, we will see how too often the message we preach today has been influenced more by the culture we live in than the radical, life-changing, world-shaping message Jesus shared two thousand years ago."
From Publishers Weekly Chalke, a British social activist, broadcaster and author of The Parenttalk
Guide to Your Child and Sex and Faithworks, asserts that churches neglect
Christ's basic message that "the Kingdom... is available now to everyone
through me." Instead, Chalke says, pieces of Christ's message have been
overemphasized and distorted. Like a refinisher removing lacquer from antique
furniture, Chalke seeks to strip falsity and tradition from the gospel by
examining the accounts of Christ's life in their original context. Clear
explanations and plenty of anecdotes reveal truths that get little air time in
most pulpits. For example, Jesus offered forgiveness outside the temple. In
doing so, he brought hope to people the Pharisees had shut out of the
temple-and threatened the nation's power structure. Such insights illustrate
the immediacy of Christ's message; Chalke says Jesus offered forgiveness "
`right here, right now' and for free." But just as the furniture refinisher
risks damaging the original while restoring its beauty, Chalke scrapes the
outer boundaries of Christian orthodoxy with questionable treatment of the
traditional Western notion of original sin (he cites no scripture in saying
Christ emphasized humanity's "original goodness") and of the atonement. Chalke
appears to reject the idea that Jesus' death was a sacrifice for sin,
maintaining instead that the crucifixion destroyed "the ideology that
violence is the ultimate solution." The book's intent-to free the gospel from
religious bias and expose its unvarnished power-deserves kudos, but some
traditional Christians may greet the specifics with skepticism. (May)
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Cherie Blair is a human rights lawyer and the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Steve Chalke is special advisor on human trafficking to the UN and founder of Stop the Traffik. He is the author of several books, including Change Agents, Intelligent Church, The Lost Message of Jesus, and Trust.
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Good accessible reintroduction to the radical Jesus of the Gospels Apr 1, 2010
Steve Chalke and Alan Mann, The Lost Message of Jesus (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003)
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).
THE LOST MESSAGE OF JESUS Jan 25, 2010
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!
The Lost Message of Jesus Dec 16, 2008
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 Lost Message of Jesus?" Chalke developed an old question from the history of salvation as an existential encounter. He makes a rationalistic approach to understanding the lost message of Jesus. Those rejecting the inspiration of Scripture view the lost message of Jesus as any other piece of literature and approach the study from a critical standpoint. From that foundation, there is great diversity of opinions such as the matter of man's sinfulness, and his need of a spiritual Savior to atone for his sins. Chalke points out some Christians might wonder if there really is any thing to say about Jesus. Nevertheless, Chalke emphasized that every new generation must grapple again with the question: "What is The Lost Message of Jesus."
This book is a step in the right direction it takes the reader back to meet Jesus in His original context with His original message of hope, love, and life-transforming power. "The Lost Message of Jesus" written to stir thoughtful debate and pose fresh questions helps create a deeper understanding of Jesus and His message. The major theme is the kingdom has come, which begins with Jesus three years of teaching the explicit declaration that the Kingdom of God had finally arrived. Some welcome Jesus while others rejected Him. There are mysteries revealed in the stories Jesus tells about the Kingdom.
I personally believe there can be no deep, genuine repentance apart from the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit revealing to the sinner the nature of his sin, not merely against himself or others, but first against God. The prodigal son is a great example of genuine repentance. The father had great compassion for his returning prodigal son. The father portrays God's response to a repentant sinner. Like the father in the prodigal story, God waits for the sinner to come or to return to Him of his own volition. When the son finally came to his senses, he said to himself, "I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee" (Luke 15:18 KJV). The Gospel simply states when man chose to leave the sins he once loved repentance takes over his heart.
Even though the theological truths of Scripture presented on the pages of this book detail purpose and space much about God remains incomprehensible. This is certainly true of the incarnation, when God became flesh and dwelt among humanity. Perhaps the greatest tragedy would be if one would be able to delineate orthodox doctrine without having entered into personal fellowship with the One to whom the doctrines testify. It is conceivable that a reader has ventured this for without personally knowing the reality of new life in Christ Jesus. The one hundred and ninety seven pages would be a great introduction to the theology of "The Lost Message of Jesus" in a classroom or a church bible study. It is a great way to rediscover the lost message that brings peace to the world. The textbook is user friendly, easy reading, suitability for all Christians, and applicable to the teachings about Christ Jesus.
Tragically Off the Mark Jun 17, 2008
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?
This quote alone is awful enough, and goes against all that scripture teaches:
"The fact is that the cross isn't a form of cosmic child abuse - a vengeful Father, punishing his son for an offense he has not even committed." He further states that "such a concept is in total contradiction to the statement: 'God is love.'" and he calls the cross a 'mockery' of Jesus' own teachings.
Statements like this are blasphemous, and are not based upon the truth found in the Bible. The Bible, and Christ himself, clearly state that '...He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Is 53:5)' and Christ, speaking of his coming crucifixion said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (John 15:13)"
This is the great story of love, that Christ died so that we don't have to receive the just punishment for our sins against our creator. To equate this with cosmic child abuse is disgusting, and absolutely false.
This book deserves minus 5 stars!
Serious Error on Nature of the Atonement Mar 22, 2008
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 book is deeply flawed. Here is the quote:
"John's Gospel famously declares, "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son" (3:16). How then, have we come to believe that at the cross this God of love suddenly decides to vent his anger and wrath on his own Son? The fact is that the cross isn't a form of cosmic child abuse - a vengeful Father, punishing his Son for an offense he has not even committed. Such a concept stands in total contradiction to the statement "God is love." If the cross is a personal act of violence perpetrated by God towards humankind but borne by his Son, then is makes a mockery of Jesus' own teaching to love your enemies and to refuse to repay evil with evil." (pg. 182-183, from ch. 10 "One Act, Two Scenes")
No doubt many people agree with the statement and are appalled at the idea that God would pour out his wrath on the Son 'for an offense he has not even committed.' But this is the orthodox teaching on what the atonement is - Jesus, who is innocent, substituting himself in the place of sinners, bearing the penalty of sin and appeasing God's wrath. This does not contradict the love of God, it fulfills the love of God.