The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus LP: What's So Good About the Good News?

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Harper Collins, Nov 27, 2007 - Religion - 351 pages

Jesus came preaching, but the church wound up preaching Jesus. Why does the church insist upon making Jesus the object of its attention rather than heeding his message? Esteemed Harvard minister Peter J. Gomes believes that excessive focus on the Bible and doctrines about Jesus have led the Christian church astray. "What did Jesus preach?" asks Gomes. To recover the transformative power of the gospel—"the good news"—Gomes says we must go beyond the Bible and rediscover how to live out Jesus' original revolutionary message of hope:

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer once warned against cheap grace, and I warn now against cheap hope. Hope is not merely the optimistic view that somehow everything will turn out all right in the end if everyone just does as we do. Hope is the more rugged, the more muscular view that even if things don't turn out all right and aren't all right, we endure through and beyond the times that disappoint or threaten to destroy us."

This gospel is offensive and always overturns the status quo, Gomes tells us. It's not good news for those who wish not to be disturbed, and today our churches resound with shrill speeches of fear and exclusivity or tepid retellings of a health-and-wealth gospel. With his unique blend of eloquence and insight, Gomes invites us to hear anew the radical nature of Jesus' message of hope and change. Using examples from ancient times as well as from modern pop culture, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus shows us why the good news is every bit as relevant today as when it was first preached.

 

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User Review  - gdill - LibraryThing

Good, but not great. The ramblings of a liberal Christian. And, I don't say this in a negative way, for I myself am liberal in many views. Made for a good read, but I thought the book lost it's luster ... Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

The culmination of Gomes' trilogy which started with [book: The Good Book], this book was pretty much preaching to the choir as far as I was concerned, so of course I liked it. Also, Gomes uses hymns ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
An Offending Gospel
32
The Risks of Nonconformity
60
What Would Jesus Have Me Do?
88
The Gospel and the Conventional
119
The Gospel and Conflict
152
The Gospel and the Future
191
A Social Gospel
225
An Inclusive Gospel
261
A Gospel of Hope
291
Conclusion
321
Acknowledgments
343
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Peter J. Gomes has been minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Pusey Minister of the church, and serves as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. An American Baptist minister, he was named one of America's top preachers by Time magazine. He is the recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, England, where the Gomes Lectureship is established in his name.

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