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Book #1: Telling The Story

Book #1 on the seminary summer reading list was Lesslie Newbigin's Foolishness to the Greeks. Effectively, this book addresses those factors which could have bearing on an effective missionary encounter between the gospel and any culture we enter into, whether it be a new and faraway place, or in our very own backyard.  The book itself was tough to get into, and I probably could have done without the first five chapters, save for some vocabulary I gained from it.  But the final chapter: What must we be? The Call to the Church had some really good meat to chew on.

One quote I especially liked was this:

"If the cross is the end, then there is no future.

But it is not.  The resurrection is the revelation to chosen witnesses of the fact that Jesus who died on the cross is indeed king -- conqueror of death and sin, Lord and Savior of all.  The resurrection is not the reversal of a defeat but the proclamation of a victory.  The King reigns from the tree.  The reign of God has indeed come upon us, and its sign is not a golden throne but a wooden cross."

I may have more thoughts later on this, but this will suffice for now.