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Let's Start with Jesus: A New Way of Doing Theology [Paperback]

By Dennis F. Kinlaw (Author)
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This book presents a new way of doing theology proper. Instead of starting with the usual philosophical arguments for the existence and nature of God, Dennis Kinlaw proposes and shows what it means to start theology with Jesus.

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If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. (John 14:7) Jesus is the great stumbling block of faith. It is in him that Christianity finds its uniqueness among the religions of the world. He is the Incarnate Son of God, the unique revelation of the Father. Yet so often, we begin the process of theological formulation not with the person of Jesus, but rather, with philosophical arguments about God s existence and logical constructions to determine God s nature. How would our understanding be affected if we instead took Jesus as our starting point for doing theology? In Let s Start with Jesus, respected biblical scholar Dennis Kinlaw explores this question, revealing answers that are profound. In seeking to describe the nature of the relationship God desires with us, he explores three metaphors---royal/legal, familial, and nuptial---which serve as motifs for his reflection. Taking familiar theological categories, Kinlaw views them through the primary lens of the person and work of Jesus, and finds that Jesus reveals rich pictures of the nature of God, the nature of personhood, the problem of sin, the way of salvation, and finally, the means of sanctification via perfect love. The distilled wisdom of one of this generation s greatest thinkers. Dr. Kinlaw leads you deep into the inner sanctuary of the Holy Trinity and shows you three distinct persons relating to each other in pure reciprocal love. ---Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Every time I read something written by Dennis Kinlaw my mind is stimulated and my heart strangely warmed. Let s Start with Jesus is another important book from a truly gifted man. ---Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University Kinlaw s revolutionary approach to doing theology is much more than that---it s a revolutionary approach to life. Kinlaw locates ultimate purpose in a place the church has almost totally neglected, and he does so graciously, with powerful, tightly reasoned biblical argumentation."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   165
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310262615  
ISBN13  9780310262619  
UPC  025986262617  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Dennis F. Kinlaw (PhD Brandeis) is the founder of the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore, Kentucky and former president of Asbury College. He is the author of This Day with the Master, Preaching in the Spirit, The Mind of Christ, and We Live as Christ. Dr. Kinlaw is married to Elsie Katherine Blake and they have five children. They reside in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Dennis F. Kinlaw currently resides in Wilmore. Dennis F. Kinlaw was born in 1922.

Spanish Language Biography: Dr. Dennis f. Kinlaw es doctor en filosofia y letras, Brandeis, fundador de la Sociedad Francis Asbury en Wilmore, Kentucky. Es autor de This Day with the Master, Preaching in the Spirit y otros. Tambien ha escrito para varios periodicos y comentarios, incluyendo el Expositor's Bible Commentary (Cantar de los cantares). Reside en Wilmore, donde ha sido presidente de Asbury College durante dieciocho anos, junto con Elisie, su querida esposa, que es tambien la primera dama de Asbury.

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Simple yet profound whole-Bible Theology  Jan 18, 2007
In this brief book (176pp), Dr Kinlaw constructs a whole-Bible theology that grows a Christian's appreciation of the Old Testament as God's revelation of himself as the Trinitarian God, helps counter a skewed view of God as merely a judge (but who is also compassionate father and passionate lover), and offer entire sanctification as a real possibility through the perfecting of love (rather than through legalism).

Dr Kinlaw began with the ontological Trinitarian view of God, starting with John's Gospel, developed and fully expressed through the New Testament corpus, and finally clarified through four centuries of debates by the Church Fathers such as Athanasius and Augustine. The Trinitarian view sets Christianity apart from the other two 'Abrahamic Faiths' of Judaism and Islam, and also forms the basis of the correct view of personhood - that our personhood is derived from the ontological personhood of the divine Trinity (compare with the analogy common among Christians, "God is personal because he relates to us persons").

It is this understanding that we are persons in the image of God who is person that enables us to fully appreciate what Christ has done to reconcile sinners (estranged persons) to God, and to return to the love-relationship God desires and had with the first persons he created, Adam and Eve.

Filled with theological concepts such as ontology and touching on philosophical issues such as epistemology, it is not a book for your average Sunday School class, but ideal for the next step up, and an introduction to theology. What better way to start theology than with a whole-Bible theology?
Excellent book of theology  Nov 7, 2006
This book was an excellent book with a different view of approaching theology. The author makes sense in His fresh approach to understanding God and theology. I have greatly benefitted from this book both personally and academically and highly recommend it to all who are thinking of reading it.
A Refreshing, Christ-centered Approach  Jun 20, 2006
This popular, long time college president writes a book for those who want a fresh approach for studying Christian theology. His starting point is not the traditional category of God's attributes, but instead "starts with Jesus" as the initial way to understand God. The Incarnation embraces the obedience to the OT law intended for God's people, and makes personal the divine attributes of love, joy, patience, and faithfulness that ought to characterize the Christian life. This Christological approach to understanding God would certainly please Karl Barth, as it underscores Jesus' words "whoever has seen me has seen the Father."

Kinlaw uses three insightful metaphors to explain how Jesus reveals the nature of God: royal, familial, and nuptial. These especially explain God's design for intimacy with his creation. Next, the author considers the human problem of sin and need for salvation, as thus features the extent to which the Lord demonstrates intimacy: by actual personal identification with his creation through the Incarnate Son. The effect of rereading about God's love this way this is spiritually refreshing. The consequential role of the Spirit in the Christian life is also highlighted.

The scholarly ability of the author finds its best expression by his interesting and impressive ancient world and biblical contextual explanations. He writes with brevity and simplicity that resonates with the heart like a devotional but inspires the mind like a good systematic theology should.
Relevant and rewarding to every reader  Mar 29, 2006
Scholarly and spiritually insightful, this book views theology through the Person of Jesus Christ. This approach allows an incisive look at the uniqueness of Christianity by quickly getting to the heart of the Gospel. The often-quoted philosophical arguments about the existence of God are bypassed for an intimate revelation of the reality of Jesus.

Christ literally stands at the crossroads of the world's religions. While the concept of God seems to merge with other beliefs, the ministry of Jesus stands alone. There is no parallel in other religions, which makes an ideal starting point for defining theological ideas. The author's penetrating reflections will cause readers to think deeply on this issue.

By using familiar Christian convictions and filtering them through the Person of Jesus, there is a renewed appreciation and understanding of vital doctrines. The nature of God, the problem of sin and the means of sanctification come into sharper focus when viewed through this lens. The divine association of the Trinity is also revealed in a marvelous and majestic way.

This book needs to be read slowly and carefully. It's obvious the author has a brilliant mind, filled with spiritual wisdom. These pages literally overflow with excellent thoughts, enabling the diligent reader to uncover some amazing insights. This is a serious study; however, it's more than just an intellectual pursuit. By starting with Jesus, there is a profound blending of theology and worship. The author, who is a respected biblical scholar, has both the intelligence and the spiritual sensitivity to make this subject relevant and rewarding to every reader! - Joyce Handzo, Christian Book
Used as a Sunday School study book  Mar 17, 2006
Our Sunday School class is utilizing this for our current study, so it is mostly non-seminary students using this book. While it has been very difficult to read and grasp everything (I have to underline a LOT and read and re-read), it has made for a very interesting and interactive Sunday School! It has been VERY beneficial to me personally. Unfortunately, in my years in the church, I learned more about WHO Jesus was than how I should relate to him. This is really helping me clarify that. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it can be challenging reading. I definitely recommend it though!

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