Review of John Dickson’s “Life of Jesus”
"Part Five concerns the death of Jesus. This is by far the best section of the book. He begins with a brief overview of crucifixion in the Roman and Jewish world (chapter 14) and then offers a nice synopsis the reasons for Jesus’ crucifixion (chapter 15) and then Jesus’ own view of why he had to die (chapter 16). He emphasizes the meaning of Passover and how Jesus’ death was foreshadowed in the Exodus events.
Part Six is deals with the resurrection and the application of Jesus’…
Wednesday Giveaway: Four Portraits, One Jesus
“So was Jesus crucified for political reasons or religious reasons? Raising the question this way actually misrepresents first-century Judaism, in which religion and politics were inseparable. Jesus’ death was no doubt motivated by the perceived threat felt by the religio-political powers of his day.” – from Four Portraits, One Jesus
As we are in the midst of this Holy Week, preparing to commemorate the death of the Messiah and celebrate his resurrection, it is important to ground those commemorations and reflections in the on-the-ground realities of what that final week entailed.
Studying the Gospel narratives and their historical context gives us a way to enter into that Story, Mark Strauss’ Four Portraits,…
Toward a Kingdom Vision in the Classroom (Guest Post by Scot McKnight)
Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). The author of numerous books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed, Scot is the author of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (Zondervan, 2010). He is presently researching the meaning “gospel” in the earliest Christian communities.
A student approached me after class and asked me if I had any “extra” copies of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow. She said she and her friends wanted to use it in a Bible study they were doing. I asked them why they wanted to use One.Life and she said, “Because if it’s like your Jesus class, we want to talk about that stuff more than we can in class.”
A professor friend told me that she was using the book with her students for spiritual formation because she explained to me that her students no longer saw spiritual formation as simply praying and reading the Bible but as doing “deeds of mercy.”
Wednesday Giveaway – Encounters with Jesus
“What can you do, or think, or believe to make yourself 'untouchable' to Jesus? The answer, according to Gary M. Burge, is nothing. In this insightful, well-researched book, Burge examines Jesus’ biblical encounters with everyday people and concludes, 'Nothing in our lives or situations will be an impediment to him … all are welcome'"
Sometimes we treat our academic studies of Jesus as if he was not a real person. By that I mean we study his socio-historical context, the way the Gospel’s frame his story, the theological implications of his words and deeds, but then act like his personal relationships are the territory of less weighty inquires. But how someone acts towards the flesh-and-blood people they encounter…
The Greatest Story Never Told: part 4 by Ron Habermas
How Jesus’ Human Example Empowers Us to be Fully Human Today
Blog #4 (of 5): "Where Did Jesus Grow and Mature?"
Yesterday’s blog—"When Did Jesus Grow and Mature?"—laid the foundation for Jesus’ development through three broad subjects. Today’s blog builds upon that structure, featuring the Bible’s detailed (albeit concise) look at Jesus’ maturation process. Attention is given to a trio of primary phases within our Lord’s maturity, as each is shaped by a unique base of influential authority.
Today’s topic, from my experience, is virtually absent from every resource that features the combined themes of Jesus’ full humanity and lifelong discipleship. Yet it’s almost impossible to imagine biblical maturity without the benefits of this topic.