Are you one of those people who wonder who theology books are even written for? 5 volumes with 500 pages each sound a bit intimidating? Well, perhaps this book is for you. Vintage Jesus is a contemporary and conversational theology of Jesus written by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears for people who care about theology, but may not know where to start.
Driscoll and Breshears do a terrific job presenting the essentials of what the Bible teaches about Jesus and then make it relevant to our lives as Christians. It is a good book for you if you are just cutting your theological teeth or just looking for a refresher with some new insights. For instance, the authors speculate about an allusion to the virgin birth of Jesus way back in Genesis 3.
Love seems to be quite the unusual issue for debate. However, it seems to be the core issue of so much of how we treat theological issues. From Rob Bell’s Love Wins to evangelistic methods of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, the way we are called to love one another as Christians has many manifestations and implications.
In his book Jesus: The Only Way to God, John Piper begins with this assumption: we must define the way we love as Christians by how the Bible defines it. Afterall, if we are to believe that “God is love,” it would stand to reason that the testimony of Scripture would tell us how God’s actions spell out that love to the world.
I haven’t been tweeting for long, but I must say that I have really enjoyed it! I have made some friends and had very challenging conversation. One such conversation occurred late last night, however it did not end well. Not sure what really happened, but I think that I may have stepped into something. Below is the complete exchange that I had with John Harrison (aka @tragic_pizza).
To give our conversation context, this was not our first exchange. Even where we disagree, John has been very gracious with me and I hope I have been with him. This particular evening I had observed that there was a fairly strong conversation going on between he and another twitter user (mentioned below). As you can see below, I did not engage John, but rather commented to another user, Khad Young, regarding his reading of Acts 10:15.
The world is changed…
The opening line of the epic films of The Lord of the Rings sounds in my mind. The world that surrounds us has changed and encapsulated in time is the Church. While it is easy to be critical of the Church-at-large, there remains an embedded truth in the tradition as it has been transmitted across time.
Within these changes sits the Church as it struggles to speak to people who are changing within our rapidly dynamic culture. Yet within the heart of these changes and movements, one fact remains: truth of ancient times is still truth of our time. When that truth is betrayed, what is left is fallacy.