|Publication Date: 20 Jun 2019|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 256|
|Author: Steve Chalke|
|ISBN-13: 9780281079407, 9780281079414|
The Lost Message of Paul
We have misunderstood Paul, badly.
We have read his words through our own set of assumptions and values. We need to begin with the ideas that informed Paul’s worldview and culture. Our goal is simple – to see things the way he saw them rather than the way we see them.
· What if the whole idea of ‘original sin’ was never part of Paul’s thinking at all?
· What if the idea that we are saved by faith in Christ, as Luther so strongly argued, was based on a mistranslation of Paul’s words, and even more seriously on a misunderstanding of Paul’s thinking? Was Luther – and Calvin who followed him – simply terribly wrong?
‘The tragedy,’ writes Steve Chalke, ‘is that over the centuries the Church has time and again failed to communicate, or even to understand, the core of Paul’s message. Although Paul has often been presented as the champion of exclusion, he was the very opposite. He was the great includer; a revolutionary who saw a new inclusive world dawning and gave his life to help bring it in.’
Steve Chalke MBE is a Baptist minister, founder and leader of the Oasis Charitable Trust, and author of more than 50 books.
Seldom does the same person build an amazing organization and write amazing books. And seldom does an author of an amazing book grapple with a huge body of scholarship and then summarize it in a way that popular audiences can read and enjoy. That's why Steve Chalke is so remarkable. His new book, The Lost Message of Paul, is not only well-written and fascinating; it is also profoundly bold and revolutionary. In fact, its impact could be of historic importance if enough of us have the courage to read it and put its message into practice. Highly recommended for all who dare to give life's most important questions a second thought!
If you've meet Steve in flesh and blood then you know how extraordinarily ALIVE he is, how open and free and hopeful and compelling he is - which brings me to this book: This book is pulsing and brimming and overflowing with that very same life. Only this time he's homed in on the Apostle Paul and his underrated and overlooked genius, innovation, and revolutionary fervour. If you're familiar with the Bible, you will find yourself frequently pausing while reading and thinking "Wait-what? That's the word, that's the idea, that's what Paul actually said? How come everybody doesn't know this?” And if you are new to the Bible, you'll find yourself saying "That's what is actually written in the Bible? That's both ancient and yet so fresh and pressing for our world right now. This could change things all the best possible ways..." The research, the stories, the synthesis of then and now –this book is going to set so many people free...
In his exploration of Paul’s life and teaching, Steve Chalke sets out an expansive and radical vision of inclusion and integration as he invites us to understand Christ through Paul’s eyes. This is a bold and compelling book that speaks from beginning to end of the profound good news of God’s kingdom. There is joy, liberation, and challenge here in equal measure. I thoroughly recommend this book to you.
Some may find the content of The Lost Message of Paul troubling, even shocking. Steve Chalke in his inimitable style opens up dense theological debate in an accessible and readable manner. This fascinating book will challenge you to reconsider familiar theological “truths” and may even revolutionise your Christian journey.