Monday, March 01, 2010

N.T. Wright for the rest of us

N.T. Wright The Challenge of Easter As Easter approaches, the perfect little resource to equip yourself to have an intelligent conversation about human history's most significant event is now available. Adapted from N.T. Wright's the Challenge of Jesus, the Challenge of Easter is a quick read at only 62 pages long. If you have an hour and a half to put into boning up on the historical facts surrounding the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, this book is for you.

Wright makes the case that the church would never have existed if Christ's resurrection were not a fact. "We better learn to take seriously the witness of the entire early church, that Jesus of Nazareth was raised bodily to a new sort of life, three days after his execution."

Alternative theories about Jesus's fulfilled prophecy about himself being raised from the dead have been discussed, debunked, buried, and themselves resurrected and recycled for the past two millennia. In sixty-two pages, Wright not only strengthens the resolve of believers by affirming their faith and giving them the tools to boldly converse about Christ, he politely and respectfully punches holes in the arguments of skeptics.

If you are unfamiliar with Wright's writings, this is a great book to cut your teeth on.

Free Stuff

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

In light of the above verse, I am compelled to tell you something I would rather keep to myself. ChristianAudio is not giving away just one audio book this month, but two. Bonhoeffer's classic The Cost of Discipleship and Piper's Fifty Reasons Jesus Came To Die.

Here's what you do:

1. Go to the website 
2. Click 'add to cart'
3. Follow the steps through check out. It seems like you're going to be charged. But then you enter the code in the next step.
4. Enter MAR2010 when prompted to receive this month's free download.

Now go grow.

Finally. Something new from OK Go

I've been waiting for a few years for OK Go to come out with another one of their cool videos. OK Go got popular through the use of the viral video. But as they got more popular, the record companies that handled them made the band take their videos down because they lost a few pennies every time someone like me re-posted it on their blog. OK Go was all for it. The record companies were the ones with the beef.

Here's the new video.

Here's the back story.