“…Reading Wright has stimulated my thinking in many areas. More importantly, it has fed my soul…”
Douglas J. Green, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Westminster Theological Seminary
I very much echo Douglas Green’s comment with regards to Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright. A recent aeroplane journey within New Zealand gave me a few uninterrupted hours to catch up on some reading, in this case a wonderful mix, writing from Steve Taylor ‘mixed together’ with online writing by Tom Wright, the latter being available by following the links below. I particularly want too draw attention to two wonderful little “Q&A” sessions with Tom – one from January 2004, so perhaps check back in May).
For me, anyway, both were really interesting – condensed reflections (important when you’re flying and have only a short period of reading time) on his thinking at key points. I especially liked this statement from his March Q&A – “[sin =] fractured humanness.” This was included as part of his response to this question (itself a very evocative reflection on “gospel” which I like):
“Would you address the following question in the light of the following two points:
The gospel is an announcement that the God of Israel has made Jesus both the Saviour and the King of the planet;
The crucifixion and resurrection have decisively spoiled all political, economic, and all other power systems, bringing them into his service;
With those points in mind, would you role play (or define) how you would lead a person into an ongoing, love relationship with Jesus? I'm asking you to be very practical and down to earth here…”