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Remaking a Broken World [Paperback]

Christopher Ash
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1 Jun 2010
The thing about Christianity - for many today - is not whether it is true or false, but that it is simply irrelevant. This book gives a sweep through the whole Bible story which shows that actually the ordinary local Christian Church, if it is faithful to the Bible, is the most significant happening in the world. Here are the beginnings of the remaking of a broken world. This - in spite of appearances - really is 'where it happens'. Anyone interested in the Christian faith will be stimulated and provoked by this fresh Bible overview.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Media (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850788731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850788737
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Ash is the author of Marriage: Sex in the Service of God, Out of the Storm: grappling with God in the book of Job, Married for God and Bible Delight. He led a church plant to All Saints, Little Shelford, which he pastored from 1997-2004 and now is the Director of the Cornhill Training Course at The Proclamation Trust.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb retracing of the Bible's dynamic sweep 21 July 2010
Some years ago, I found myself in the middle of an awkward, and at bizarre moments heated, discussion. It was all to do with how one understands scriptural unity, and what the best way to articulate and summarise that unity. In other words, what's the best way to do a bible overview? One side suggesting it didn't really matter; the other side was strongly advocating that the only way was to follow the Graeme Goldsworthy Kingdom model (as articulated in his Kingdom Trilogy The Goldsworthy Trilogy and According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible amongst others). I found myself more or less disagreeing with both, for different reasons.

I do think that how you find thematic unity matters - any common melodic line must fit exegetically and naturally - so that once pointed out, one has the `aha' moment of recognising what was there all along. That was certainly my experience 20 years ago when I first heard the Goldsworthy approach unpacked. It just made so much sense - and it is the basis of so much of what I've taught in overviews (I've lost count now of the number). If you've never read Goldsworthy, do so - or at least, start with Vaughan Roberts' precis and popularisation of the approach in his God's Big Picture. If there are any weaknesses (and aren't there with everything?), they are far outweighed by the huge thrill of seeing the bible's narrative develop in the way he describes. I owe a great deal to the Goldsworthy books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid overview 29 Nov 2010
Remaking a Broken World by Christopher Ash is a bible overview looking at the theme of gathering and scattering as it appears in scripture. It has taken me a while to get into it but chapter 8 on the Church - gathered worldwide is excellent. Ash argues that there are 7 elements of the reassembled world to which God is bringing us when Christ returns which are seen in the authentic local church:

gathered by grace
humbled by grace
inclusive by grace
connected by grace
secure in grace
forgiving through grace
suffering through grace.

The chapter lifts our eyes and reminds us of what the church is in Christ, and is undoubtedly my highlight of the book so far, though the chapter on Babylon is also excellent.

Overall the book provides a good introduction to the big picture of the Bible, and its theme and the way it continually reflects on God's gathered people is a great antidote to the indidivualism of the age in which we live. However it is not as easy a read a God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts, but then it was not intended to be. An excellent book for those looking to be provoked by God's plan of redemption of a people for himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Church centered 11 Oct 2010
This is an excellent survey of redemption history suitable for Christians young and old. Scattering and gathering are the themes but what makes it refreshingly unusual is the church centered perspective so needed in an individualistic age. Ash is easy to read with a gift for good illustrations. Highly recommended.
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