Our nation is politically, ideologically, and socially polarized to the point of breaking; confusion dominates every layer of our culture. The church in America is "a letter from Christ" (2 Cor. 3:3), written to our politically cynical, socially insecure, and spiritually skeptical culture. Before the Gospel may become clear in our "post-everything" culture, we must make truth real in our hearts. The purpose of this book is to (1) redefine dualistic frames in the minds of contemporary Christians that separate the "saved" from the advent of God's healing reign on Earth; (2) relate Christian compassion to a post-secular America; and (3) propose a redefinition of the Christian controlling narrative. Such a revised narrative will light the way for our "restless hearts" so that we, as a nation, may return from exile to restoration and rejoice in the sovereign reign of God in Christ.
Kerry D. McRoberts, D.MIN, MCS, MA, has twenty years of experience as a senior pastor. He has been a professor of theology, apologetics, and practical ministries since 1986. McRoberts has lectured in Asia, Latin America, and Europe and conducted numerous conferences on cults, the occult, and pagan spirituality. He is the author of three books and the co-author of three books. He and his wife, Vicki, have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: A Culture in Exile Chapter 2: "A Letter from Christ" Chapter 3: "Who Do People Say The Son Of Man Is?" Jesus' Identity and Uniqueness Chapter 4: The "Sign Of Jonah": Beyond Reasonable Doubt? Chapter 5: A Divine Hermeneutic: Redefining the Christian Controlling Narrative Appendix 1: Religious Pluralism: A Hermeneutical Fallacy Appendix 2: The Trustworthiness of the Text of the New Testament Appendix 3: The "Sign of Jonah": An Unbroken Chain of Testimony Bibliography