Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay


This book is an examination of what the Biblical message of the Gospel really is. It is a careful look at what most churches in America today are teaching and how that simplified and watered down message is not what the Bible really teaches. It is another (good) example of what so many Christian teachers in this generation have been bringing to the Church’s attention. We are (and have been) in danger of missing the point. We have let God’s message about relationship become nothing more than another religion.

This book is right on target for the most part, and is one that Christians especially Christians in America need to be reading. The only problem is that, as it is written, that will require a little work. It is not the kind of book you can consume easily in one sitting. It requires thought and digestion, and many will not have the patience for that.

A final thought on “The Gospel According to Jesus” would have to be about the title. It is often the case these days that authors of this sort of book do not select the title. This may be a marketing move, or it may be Chris Seay’s idea, but this book is poorly named. It is really more a case of a Biblical teaching/clarification of the Gospel. That includes what Jesus taught, but there is a lot of Paul and other thinkers in the mix here as well.

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