How God Became King

How God Became King: Getting to the Heart of the Gospels

How God Became King: Getting to the Heart of the Gospels by N.T. Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a challenging read for me. Both intellectually, and personally. I love that it is a theology with real practical implications for me and how I live and work.

I read it having formerly read Tom Wright’s “Surprised by Hope” and it does help to read both (in any order I suspect). I have also just finished Bailey’s “Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes” and these two also are a good complementary read.

Don’t read this book if you want to simply reinforce your own theological assumptions. It is challenging to many traditional views of scripture, both protestant and beyond.

What I especially love is that it gives a missional perspective. Especially the quote: “the Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning” (Emil Bruner).

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Truth and post truth AD 30

From “How God Became King”. Tom Wright.

The point about truth, and about Jesus and his followers bearing witness to it, is that truth is what happens when humans use words to reflect God’s wise ordering of the world and so shine light into its dark corners, bringing judgment and mercy where it is badly needed.

Empires can’t cope with this. They make their own ‘truth’, creating facts on the ground’ in the depressingly normal way of violence and injustice.

Plus ├ža change.

Being Earnest

There is something defiant about being earnest in the current times. When it feels like ironic detachment is the only coping mechanism possible to process the modern world,

James Colley – on U2

James summarises it well for me. It is not fashionable to be earnest, neither is it fashionable to be a person of faith. Talking to a Muslim friend the other day he sees that the same way.

It is so weird that “progressive thinkers” are so retrograde in their ideas.

The Cause of Atheism

‘We live in an age in which people, when they hear the word Christian, are much more, likely to think of people who hate gays than people who love outcasts, and that is a dangerous thing.

Shane Claiborne

Bumper stickers and buttons read, “Jesus, save me from your followers.” Over and over I see people rejecting god because of the mess they see in the church.

The greatest cause of atheism is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then Walk out the. door and deny him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

Brendan Manning


The answer to extremism is not to ban extremism, it is rather to respond with extreme grace. As for example in the crucifixion.

Shane Claiborne wites on Martin Luther King & Gandhi…

Dr. King was another one of our elders who spoke of God’s love and grace amid hatred. King marked Gandhi as one of the great teachers of nonviolence and said this just before he died:

“To our most bitter opponents we say: “Throw us in jail and we will still love you. Bomb our houses and threaten our children and we will still love you. Beat us and leave us half dead and we will still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the procress, and our victory will be a double victory”