On the Way (Rob Bell)Posted: April 13, 2010
Margie bought me a book the other day – doesn’t happen too often because we have totally different reading patterns, but I loved this one. Its Rob Bell’s new book “Jesus wants to save Christians”. Get it and read it – I am only interrupting my reading to write this! Its fascinating and spell-binding. I know that the moment I’m finished I am going to read it again, and perhaps a few more times after that. (So don’t think that you can borrow my copy – You’ll have to buy your own!!! Its worth the investment of $18).
Here is some blurb from the website – “Jesus wants to save us from making the good news. about another world and not this one. Jesus wants to save us from preaching a Gospel that is only about individuals and not about the systems that enslave them. Jesus wants to save us from shrinking the Gospel down to a transaction about the removal of sin and not about every single particle of creation being reconciled to its maker. Jesus wants to save us from religiously sanctioned despair, the kind that doesn’t believe the world can be made better, the kind that either blatantly or subtly teaches people to just be quiet and behave and wait for something big to happen ‘someday.'” You can read the rest at http://www.jesuswantstosavechristians.com/
It basically tells the story of the Bible from beginning to end (in blogthought – my word; which will intrigue the bloggers out there). Everything is an exodus (journey/way) from Egypt (bondage/slavery) to Jerusalem (salvation/Kingdom). And by everything, I mean everything (from Eden to Nod – sin to despair; from Egypt to Sinai – bondage to intructions on freedom; from Judah to Babylon – failure to captivity etc etc). The exodus or journey is God effecting His purpose for all people – whether they build Babel Towers, pyramids or Temples. It sees the hand of God reaching out to all people – far beyond the confines of Judaism and the church. It sees out feeble attempts to box God lying exhausted beside the road, and God still waiting there patiently and filled with grace to journey on with us.
Its magnificent!!! I got goosebumps and tears on every page….