A Little Book About a Big Story

God's Grand Plan from Creation to New Creation

Edited by Graeme Rutherford

Foreword by Stephen Cottrell

A Little Book About a Big Story

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  • ISBN: 9781532606151
  • Pages: 170
  • Publication Date: 8/11/2016
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60
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A Little Book About a Big Story

God's Grand Plan from Creation to New Creation

Edited by Graeme Rutherford

Foreword by Stephen Cottrell

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532606151
  • Pages: 170
  • Publication Date: 8/11/2016
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

Endorsements & Reviews-

The Christian faith is a story not a statement. It is not just a list of things to believe in. It is about God's loving purposes for the whole world and for every person. It is a story that is human and divine. It is a story that begins with God's overflowing and inventive love poured out in the creation itself. It is a story about why we get things wrong. It is a story about how God puts things right. It is a story about how the world is changed. It is a story about what happens when we die. It is the greatest story ever told. It is the big story in which all our little stories make sense. And this is a little book about this big story.
Stephen Cottrell , Bishop of Chelmsford, England

Graeme Rutherford suggests that while many people in the churches have collected over their lifetimes various bits and pieces of information about the Bible - stories, personalities, histories, teachings, psalms - often they lack a way of putting it all together in a meaningful way. He acknowledges that many Christians simply have no awareness or understanding that the Bible has an overarching storyline.
His book provides what he calls a 'clothesline' that helps us make sense of the entire biblical narrative, arguing that such a clothesline approach is necessary if we are to accept this sacred text as having something meaningful to say to us today about how we are to live as seekers of God's will in a complex world.
He offers an overview of the Bible through six dramatic acts that form the contents of each chapter in the book: Creation, De-Creation (Fall), Israel, Messiah, Church, New Creation. In each chapter, the intention is to alert us to scholarly insight into the texts, to connect the Bible teaching with contemporary issues, and, in a general way, to 'stretch the mind while warming the heart'.
Bishop Graeme Rutherford has long been committed to helping people engage with the scriptures. In this readable and user-friendly book, he walks readers through the over-arching sweep of the Bible, the Word of God written, with its focus on the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. Importantly, readers won't have an agenda forced on them, but will be helped to discern their part in the 'big picture' of God's story of creation and re-creation, of life and new life.
Charles Sherlock, Anglican theologian

Truth be told, this is so much more than a 'little' book. While wonderfully accessible in style, it's a book comprehensive in scope, inspiring in its breadth, and so very challenging in its convictions. What's more, it is gifted to us from the mind and heart of a man deeply shaped by the great Christian story he guides us through.
Simon Carey Holt, Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne

Contributors-

Graeme Rutherford
Stephen Cottrell

Bio(s)-

Graeme Rutherford was formerly Assistant Bishop of Newcastle and Bishop on the Central Coast. He studied theology at Durham University and lectured in New Testament and Preaching at Ridley College and Trinity College in the University of Melbourne. He is the author of several books including Beloved Father, Beloved Son (Morning Star Publishing).

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