NAILED – RECLAIMING THE GOSPEL by Simon Mouatt and Janet Lock “Our aim in writing it is to contribute to the Christian dialogue as far and wide as possible – in particular, to help dispel the notions of a divided Trinity (which, in turn, misleads to justifying a divided humanity)” Jan Lock
One brave comment by the authors, “An honest yet tentative conviction at the time of writing” is indicative of the courage and humility of their diligent study and gently prepares the reader to follow the 96 steps with a boldly open mind and personal adoption of insights gained. They are fully cognisant of the ever-evolving creativity of God in the rich diversity of multi-faceted life on earth.
Dimas Salaberrios, author of ‘Street God’, New York comments…
“What does God look like? We have often neglected the image of God, like a forgotten treasure in the attic that needs restoration. We may find ourselves worrying about hove to please God, or even imagine He could stop loving us. Jesus explained that His Father is loving and trustworthy, yet we sometimes are unsure of His goodness. Nailed — Reclaiming the Gospel’ aims to challenge those ideas and invites us all to re-examine everything negative we’ve heard about God. The authors make 96 claims about the Trinity, endeavouring to declare the goodness of ‘Him who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.“
I was asked to write the Foreword and so offer it here to develop this introduction:
FOREWORD – by THE REVEREND PETER CHALLEN
(CANON EMERITUS SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL)
The Christian faith is richly illuminated within the covers of this book and will come into clearer focus by a careful reading of this diligently fashioned outline of the gospel. As followers of Christ, it encourages us to live as `enthusiast’ theologians, pursuing our daily round whilst applying our spiritual insights in every one of the challenges and opportunities each of us encounters.
This moving restatement of inclusive faith, in conjunction with the implications of incarnation—both Christ’s and our own—is highly sensitive to each person’s unique way of experiencing God in daily life. It contrasts the narrow sense of God being generously ‘for us’ with the boundless sense of God being intimately with us’.
The book is a biblically erudite, yet humble exploration into how God influences and flows within His mystic, eternal creativity—the reality we enjoy but do not control. Here, the gospel emerges again as good news, the truth that in our earthly life we are ‘in Christ’ and are able to discern His presence in all things. Absorbing this rich exploration of biblical relevance for our lives today may leave us deeply satisfied to be alive, whilst inseparably loving the sheer mystery we call God, and every representation of that mystery worked out amongst us.
Simply put, the book describes the double commandment with which we express our everyday eucharistic love, first assenting to God loving us, then loving Him and our neighbour in response. Nailed also offers us a bold rethinking of the primary concept of the priesthood of all believers, whereby we understand ourselves to be enthused servants of the living God in this vibrant universe of inclusivity, no longer defeated by the tyranny of `original sin’ but constantly refreshed by `original blessing’.
NAILED – RECLAIMING THE GOSPEL is purchasable via Amazon at £8.99
Responses from readers of ‘Nailed’ will be warmly welcomed. Peter