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Overview Through the story of a series of horrendous events and situations that befall a young boy and his family, Kelsey explores the issue of redemption, asking, "What can it possibly mean to say that in Jesus Christ God 'redeems' such situations and events?"
Publishers Description Through telling the true story of a series of horrendous events that befell a young boy and his family, widely respected theologian David Kelsey offers a groundbreaking exploration of the Christian concept of redemption. When the adolescent boy is stricken with a terrible illness and enters a coma only to come out emotionally changed and physically handicapped, the family undergoes incredible hardship, guilt, and sadness, which ultimately ended in death. Arguing that redemption can only be experienced in a concrete situation, he asks What can it possibly mean to say that in Jesus Christ God 'redeems' such situations and events? To answer the question, Kelsey interweaves this family's story with biblical narrative, theology, and the metaphorical application of secular uses of the words redeem and redemption. He suggests three ways in which to imagine redemption, suggesting how Jesus' ministry may be seen as making up for the world's bad performance; how Jesus' passion and crucifixion can redeem their personal identities from their bondage to distorting powers; and how Jesus' resurrection can be seen as making good on a promise that redeems the family from vicious cycles of i
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Christian Century - 05/30/2006 page 25
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664228895 ISBN13 9780664228897
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More About David H. Kelsey & Kelsey
David H. Kelsey is Luther Weigle Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Yale Graduate School.
David H. Kelsey currently resides in the state of Connecticut.
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Redemption For Those Who Sin. Jul 7, 2006
Redemption for our sins (however small or large they may be) is necessary for the Christian soul. The apostle Paul wrote most of the New Testament and dwells quite a bit on redemption. We had a Methodist minister, Paul Allen, who based 99% of his sermons on Paul's teachings. We all know that Paul had been Saul of Tarsas before his conversion at the feet of Jesus.
Imagining redemption is a must as one contemplates the hate he has toward a tormentor. Does God redeem the truly evil people of this world? Christ did Nickodemous and Zacheus who had climbed up into the fig tree (they don't really grow that tall, but Zach was a very small man and a mean, nasty tax collector -- hated by many) to look on the face of the man who had been sent to this earth to redeem the Jews such as he. Why, Zach almost became the thirteenth apostle. Had he been sitting in Mary M.'s place at the last supper, we never would have had the Da Vinci Code controversy. It was plain heresy. But, until that movie, I did not recognize Mary as the men back then wore long hair and robes such as a woman would do.
Imagining redemption should be a prerequisite for all preachers of whatever faith and ministers of the higher denominations. The Old Testament showed a judgemental God who had no redemption qualities. How, then, can Christ be the son of such a God. Something to think about.
What Difference Does Christ Make? Apr 25, 2006
Imagining Redemption offers a hands on understanding of Christ's work of atonement for humanity. Kelsey examines a specific tragic scenario and asks the question. What is the relevance of Christ's sacrifice for the individual's life in the face of adversity? Kelsey's willingness to tackle the question head on, in practical terms is refreshing and helpful! He examines the hard questions and offers some helpful suggestions. In this text he is able to address a very complex doctrine in terms that are accessible to the layman! It is a worthwhile read!