By Scot McKnight
This attention-grabbing publication explains that the gospel is ready the recovery of "cracked Eikons" (fallen people) in order that people might be in union with God and in communion with the saints. within the candid and lucid sort that has made McKnight's "The Jesus Creed" so beautiful to millions of pastors, lay leaders, and daily those who find themselves trying to find a extra genuine religion, he encourages all Christians to acknowledge the straightforward, but in all likelihood remodeling fact of the gospel message: God seeks to revive us to wholeness not just to make us greater contributors, yet to shape a group of Jesus, a society during which people attempt to be in union with God and in communion with others.
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The Eikon of God Why? cracked and Because what was designed for one purpose started to unravel. Arms that Adam and embrace were now being used Th^ glory quickly faded. its heart no longer yearned Eve previously used for an to for push God and God, the others away. soul clothed itself with mortality, the mind became disordered and could no longer make clear sense of the world in which it lived, the body no longer contained search for sanity began, the itself, the will lost control, and the sweet communion of Adam and Eve stretched into weak connection.
Jesus designed to transform into that Eikon. theoretical, difference now. " MEAN TO EIKON NOW? IT BE AN For nearly two thousand years, theologians have been discussing what the Eikon means. Nearly every one of these discussions compares in order to discover humans to the animal what makes humans superior The Story of the Eikon to kingdom animals. 31 One such distinction when God says we is found in the first chapter of Genesis, dominion" over the are to "have rest of the created order. These words could suggest that being an Eikon our calhng to govern creation.
He became prison and spent his money their needs. " life God made sin. things. The But we can understand begin at the beginning, for relationships of others and the world. of grace gives us perfectly: as much into — our the rela- good and sometimes bad; we do good things and we do bad "crackedness" flowers grow. Adam and Eve got us mess tionships are sometimes it that in fighting for prison reform mess of being cracked. Nothing works humans know equitable evaluation before persons could be In the cracks of Cruden's Cruden in of prison systems was well ahead of his time for a who were a pastor to those Bible calls our this term only God recognizing that God and with The if we designed others, for the good gospel that unleashes the cycle insight into the meaning of "sin" as does into the meaning of grace.