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Monday, June 13, 2011

Just What is the Big Deal about Jesus?

This is an excellent read, particularly for those who may be asking, "Just what is the big deal about Jesus, anyway?" Although I haven't always lived it as I should, I firmly believe that Jesus is a very big deal. Fortunately, I believe that Jesus is the epitome of grace and loves me, in spite of myself.

*Small editorial note, I am quite excited that a new chapter begins in my life this week - relocation, closer to the beach.  My wife and I are hopeful for the future.
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What’s the Big Deal about Jesus? [Soft Cover]
by John Ankerberg & Dillon Burroughs
240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0736921206
Nonfiction

Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

In their book, What’s the Big Deal about Jesus, authors John Ankerberg and Dillon Burroughs attempt to answer “why” people should be worried about the life of Jesus today. Maybe you’re thinking: isn’t there already enough written about Jesus? His followers and his opponents all seem to have something to say about him. This book will help clarify the centrality to which Jesus has in all our lives.

Unfettered by the amount of literature currently existing about Jesus, these authors present a great treatise about Jesus Christ. Three main categories are given sufficient exploration: 
(1) What do we really know about Jesus? (2) Who did Jesus claim to be? and (3) Did Jesus really come alive again?

Drawing references made in Scripture and recorded in the writings of the early Church fathers, this book does an excellent job in describing what Jesus’ contemporaries said of him. Even those who wrote satirically confirmed the existence of Jesus – which helps corroborate his place in human history.

Scoffers have tried for centuries to dispute the fact of the Resurrection. The aim has been to discredit this pivotal event – thereby discrediting the entire Christian faith. Naysayers will have their collective hands full trying to answer the issues raised by Jesus’ resurrection. The only plausible conclusion is that Jesus did, in fact, rise from the dead.

It seems this book would serve a small group Bible study quite adequately, since it is separated into convenient divisions and includes ample question and answer sections. A few appendices provide excellent fodder for ardent students to discuss the alleged contradictions in gospels or alternative theories as to “what happened to Jesus’ body.”

If that’s not enough, the authors include an email address inviting readers to be personally involved in the learning process about Jesus. What’s the big deal about Jesus? Plenty!

See more of this author at his website.

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