Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Who Said?

Even though this book remains, I fear, unreadable for most people outside the guild of New Testament scholarship, the issues pursued here are of serious significance for the church. I have grown increasingly convinced that the struggles of the church in our time are a result of its losing touch with its own gospel story. We have gotten “off message” and therefore lost our way in a culture that tells us many other stories about who we are and where our hope lies. In both the evangelical and liberal wings of Protestantism, there is too much emphasis on individual faith-experience and not enough grounding of our theological discourse in the story of Jesus Christ. My hope, therefore, is that this book will continue to play some role in calling the church back to focussed primary reflection about the story of the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us in order to rescue us from the present evil age.
Disclaimer: If you're from New Zealand, and you've heard me preach, you may not answer!

8 comments:

Chris Tilling said...

Tom Wright?

Sean du Toit said...

Um, nope that is incorrect. I'll give you a clue. It wasn't in the original publication for his PH D. But when it was reprinted with a "new" introduction, the author made that statement. :)

Kelly Liebengood said...

Richard Hays

Kelly Liebengood said...

... it has to be Richard Hays...the mention of story, an allusion from Galatians, a revisd dissertation... has to be Hays, "The Faith of Jesus Christ"...I can hardly stand the suspense...

Sean du Toit said...

ANd the WINNER IS: KELLY! Well done, yes this was a quote from R. Hays, The Faith of Jesus Christ, pg. lii. Excellent memory!

[No prizes were awarded for this competition but if you feel like blessing Dr Kell, then do so! I have invoked the blessing of the Almighty, which is a pretty cool gift to give someone. So share share, and share!]

Kelly Liebengood said...

Thanks for the quote...and the blessing! I couldn't agree more with Hays on this matter! We have lots of work to do!

Chris Tilling said...

Kelly cheated.

Kelly Liebengood said...

:)