Essay / Theology

Union with Christ in the Gospels (Brian Hedges)

Hedges With Jesus coverHere’s an endorsement I wrote for Brian Hedges‘ new book, With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ (Shepherd Press, 2017):

When we think about the Christian life as union with Christ, we often turn to Paul’s letters where the doctrine is explained so clearly. But this book equips us to go one step further in: To take up the story of Jesus itself and find our salvation in each of the major moments of the Gospels. So richly traditional that it may strike some readers as novel, Brian Hedges’ new book is an invitation to a profound encounter with the saving life of Christ.

The subject is very, very, very, very, very important, and Hedges handles it well: each chapter takes up an event in the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, and explores its significance for salvation. The gospel from the Gospels.

Hedges’ book also tipped me off to the remarkable Hugh Martin, whose work I had not previously known. The approach to Gospels reading that Martin (and Hedges) commend here is one that I find extremely fruitful for realistic spirituality and for well-ordered systematic theology. The story of Jesus should loom larger in systematic christology. But that’s a story for another day. For today, I recommend this fine little book.

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