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Lost Message of Paul

Has the Church misunderstood the Apostle Paul?

Lost Message of Paul

Has the Church misunderstood the Apostle Paul?

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Paperback / softback

£9.99

Publisher: SPCK Publishing
ISBN: 9780281079407
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 20/06/2019
Width: 12.9 cm
Height: 19.8 cm
We have misunderstood Paul, badly. We have read his words through our own set of assumptions. We need to begin with Paul's world view, to see things the way he saw them. - What if 'original sin' was never part of Paul's thinking? - What if the idea that we are saved by faith in Christ, as Luther argued, was based on a mistranslation of Paul's words and a misunderstanding of Paul's thinking? 'Over the centuries,' writes Steve Chalke, 'the Church has repeatedly failed to communicate, or even understand, the core of Paul's message. Although Paul has often been presented as the champion of exclusion, he was the very opposite. He was the great includer.' Steve Chalke MBE is a Baptist minister, founder and leader of the Oasis Charitable Trust, and author of more than 50 books.
Contents Acknowledgements xiii 1 The conversation 1 2 The revolutionary 7 3 Longing 14 4 Air 20 5 A new world 30 6 Perspective 40 7 A legal error 51 8 Faithful 61 9 Think like a Hebrew 70 10 What if? 83 11 Aha! 95 12 Oxymoron 105 13 The double whammy 118 14 True 126 15 The crux 134 16 Shades 144 17 Layers 153 18 Different 162 19 The elephant 174 20 Credo 185 21 A twist in the tale 196 22 Judgement 205 23 The pruning 217 24 Wired 229 25 Refined 245 26 In heaven's name 252 27 Metaphor 263 28 Rescued 272 29 The revolution 279 Appendix: What did the Ancient Greeks think about the afterlife? 290 About Oasis 293 Further reading 295
The Lost Message of Paul is not only well-written and fascinating; it is also profoundly bold and revolutionary. Highly recommended! -- Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration Pulsing and brimming and overflowing with life. The research, the stories, the synthesis of then and now - this book is going to set so many people free... -- Rob Bell, author of Love Wins A bold and compelling book that speaks from beginning to end of the profound good news of God's kingdom. There is joy, liberation, and challenge here in equal measure. I thoroughly recommend it. * Fr. Richard Rohr, author of The Universal Christ * Steve Chalke in his inimitable style opens up dense theological debate in an accessible and readable manner ... fascinating. * Dr Pauline Muir, lecturer at Goldsmiths University and member of Oasis Church Waterloo * Prepare to have your mind expanded and your spirit stretched. -- Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly, London This is an exciting and timely book. Accessible and authoritative. A great lay introduction to historical criticism, contextual analysis and the writing of St Paul. -- Dr Robert Beckford, Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora, Theology and Religious Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Its impact could be of historic importance, if enough of us have the courage to read it and put its message into practice. -- Brian McLaren This fascinating book will challenge you to reconsider familiar theological 'truths' and may even revolutionize your Christian journey. -- Dr Pauline Muir, Lecturer in Arts Management, Goldsmiths, University of London Just as when you read St Paul himself, you will not finish this book unchanged. -- Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly, London Brilliant and well researched ... in every case he states what he has to say with clarity, documentation and persuasiveness. * Tony Campolo, PhD, Eastern University * Chalke's voice is an important one. He brings with him decades of hard experience . . . [that makes] him worth listening to. * Premier Christianity * This is a book that every preacher should read. Why? Once you have had the opportunity to engage with St Paul's message as articulated here, it is "literally world-changing". -- John Inge * Church Times *

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