By Lesslie Newbigin
Almost immediately ahead of he died in February 1998, Lesslie Newbigin recorded a chain of 8 15-minute talks, pitched at a well-liked point and entitled "A stroll throughout the Bible". This quantity collects the 8 talks.
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If it is true it requires a radical rethinking of everything we have understood hitherto about the fundamental nature of the world. And this is not a new problem. It is rather silly to suggest that it arises because of our modern scientific knowledge. The fact that people who have been dead for three days don't rise again on the third day was well known long before the invention of computers. No! The Church has always recognized that this is something utterly unique, something which cannot be explained in terms of the ordinary laws of physics and chemistry.
Immediately, in the power of the spirit, Jesus is driven out into the desert to face the awesome question, 'What does it mean to be the son of God? ' And for those forty days Jesus wrestled in the wilderness, facing one after another of the choices which the world offers for winning leadership among men and women. There is first of all the economic route: satisfy their immediate needs, feed the hungry, give them what they need. Give them the feel-good factor and they will follow you. Jesus rejects that.