By Michael McNichols
For centuries Christian thinkers have wrestled with the idea that of the atonement. How the loss of life of Jesus might bring about the reconciling of the realm to God isn't any uncomplicated puzzle. but, this advanced subject is frequently considered via definite doctrinal filters that decrease the richness of the atonement into unmarried concrete, culturally established photos. the recent testomony, even if, bargains a number of metaphors in describing the atoning paintings of God in Christ.
Returning to the tales of the earliest witnesses to Jesus’ existence, loss of life, resurrection, and ascension—the floor 0 of our faith—offers the chance to droop, if in basic terms in brief, our doctrinal personal tastes and step into the sneakers of these who observed Jesus die and later go back to them as their resurrected Lord. In doing so, we open the potential for seeing the atonement with clean eyes, spotting the huge achieve of God’s love and studying to speak that love in new ways.
“Atonement at floor 0 is a present of the Spirit. McNichol’s innovative narrative of the reports and impressions of these who stood at floor 0 wraps itself round you, unlocking cages and drawing you into the very center of the atonement occasion. i could not placed the e-book down. within the variety of feelings, longings, and fears that form the narrative, we see ourselves, and are drawn into worship as we discover afresh that Jesus died for us.”
—Graham Buxton, writer of Dancing within the Dark
“Theories and summary doctrines invite psychological assent. they provide us anything to argue approximately. An ongoing tale invitations our participation and our formation into that tale. this can be the place Atonement at floor 0 is at is healthier, inflicting readers to unfold broad their psychological fingers to include the entire of the Jesus tale as individuals, now not mere thinkers.”
—Todd Hunter, writer of our favourite Sins
“With the entire present posturing and heated arguments over the character of the atonement, this ebook is a welcome reaction and balm. McNichols invitations us to discover back the depths of the go, when ably guiding us in the course of the perspectives of the atonement. yet most significantly, his navigation leads us to not extra heated debate, however the skill to appreciate both sides with a renewed self assurance within the atonement, and of ways we would reside and claim it to others.”
—Jason Clark, coauthor of Church within the current Tense
“Without denying the helpfulness of theological buildings and metaphors to appreciate the atoning paintings of Christ, McNichols recollects us to the biblical narrative to rediscover the width, breadth, and intensity of an atonement that extends a ways past what anyone idea will carry. via insightful retelling and sermonic representation he is taking us again thousand years and re-members us to the unique value of what Christ has done.”
—Dennis Okholm, writer of Monk conduct for daily People
Michael McNichols served for ten years as a pastor and is now Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s local Campus in Irvine, California. he's the writer of Shadow Meal: Reflections on Eucharist (2010) and The Bartender (2008).
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