SHAME & THE GOSPEL: Transforming our View of the Good News and our Christian Communities PB
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- ISBN 9781912863891
- Author WITHERS TREVOR
- Pub Date 01/01/2022
How do we connect the gospel message to the epidemic of shame in western culture? Trevor explores why our culture is now more shame based, and reflects on how the gospel message can make sense in this new reality. He unpacks what this means for...
How do we connect the gospel message to the epidemic of shame in western culture? Trevor explores why our culture is now more shame based, and reflects on how the gospel message can make sense in this new reality. He unpacks what this means for the way we form our contemporary Christian communities whilst asking questions about their language, shape, style and leadership.
As reviewed by GLO Europe General Director Stephen McQuoid-
'Shame and the Gospel is a book written by Trevor Withers, leader of Network Church. Withers argues that our culture has increasingly become shame based and as a result we are faced with the prospect of a loss of personal value and identity. This coupled with the decline in church attendance and the public understanding of the Christian faith means that we cannot communicate the gospel in the same way pervious generations of Christians did. The concept of sin, for example is largely lost and therefore difficult to explain.
Withers then sets about nuancing how Christians should communicate truths and does so through the lens of key theological ideas such as Jesus death and Resurrection, the Trinity and the Ascension. There is also a good section on the incarnation and its implications for ministry. While I don’t think Withers makes a compelling case for shame in our culture and he also lacks examples to illustrate, I think it is still a reasonable thesis. I also feel his handling of theology in the book is sometimes a little superficial and open to some criticism. Nevertheless he makes some good points and his appeal for us to be a bit more sensitive in our communication of the gospel is warranted and important and overall I think he has some important things to say about how we communicate the good news.' Product details
Publisher: Malcolm Down Publishing (4 July 2022)