In his latest posts, Scot McKnight does a good job of summarizing his excellent book: Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels. One of the more recent posts looks at consequences of conversion. I'm really hoping to explore this more. I have yet to read any historical Jesus scholarship about what repent & believe might mean politically and socially. Wright explores this within a Jewish matrix in JVG but doesn't grapple with what this would mean within the Roman Empire. Maybe we need a "Fresh Perspective" on Jesus' call to discipleship as counter-imperial? If Augustus was worshipped as god, and sacrifices and loyalty were required for him and to him, then surely Jesus' message of "repent and believe" [which I would better conceive as "embrace and entrust"] would be politically significant, even dangerous? Maybe this is my doctorate, just waiting to be conceived and written! If the gospel, is the royal announcement of fantastic news, then the summons to join Jesus - embracing him as the King/Messiah - would have had to have had political implications. Did Jesus think about this? Was this part of his aims and intentions? If his mission was to the Gentiles, would this constitute a mission to convert the Empire to the rule and reign of YHWH himself, through and in the mission, message and person of Jesus? Thoughts? Comments? Criticisms?