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Is Jesus the Son of Man who comes from God as only God can come from God? Or Jesus is merely a man attested by God?

“Identification with God is not tantamount to identification as God”

So argues New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk argues in his new book A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. Identification with God, Daniel argues, is not tantamount to identification as God.

We talked with Daniel a few months ago and the audio got lost in the thicket of files to be edited. Here it is. Enjoy.

Coming up, we’ve got conversations for you with David Bentley Hart, Richard Rohr as well as Robert Jenson. And don’t forget to check out our lectionary-based offshoot of the podcast. We’re calling it Strangely Warmed.

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nt-wrightThe Crackers and Grape Juice Team interviewed NT Wright for a couple of hours. We wracked our brains to come up with good questions and in between stammered plenty to collect our thoughts. ‘Tom’ on the other hand spoke as though he were in his kitchen, making a sandwich, and had a ready-made recorded answer for any question we posed to him. The dude never said ‘Um’ once.

You should listen to him.

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For those of you not in the know, NT Wright is the former Bishop of Durham. He is the author of popular works like Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope as well as paradigm-shifting professional books like The Resurrection of the Son of God and the recent Paul and the Faithfulness of the God. Without exaggeration, NT Wright is the primary influence on preachers, mainline and evangelical, of the New Testament today. In this particular episode Wright eviscerates the ‘apocalyptic reading’ of Paul espoused by my paramour Fleming Rutledge in her new book The Crucifixion (see previous C&J Podcast episodes).

Not only that but he squashed (a few weeks too late) the premise of my Eastertide sermon ‘Bigger than Burning.’

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zealot_reza_aslanThis past weekend we kicked-off the new church year with a sermon series intended to reflect on and respond to Reza Aslan’s bestselling book, Zealot. In it, Aslan makes the familiar argument that the Jesus of faith is different than the ‘real’ Jesus of history and that what we find in the New Testament are accretions and attributions affixed to Jesus much later by the church.

The Gospels, in other words, are not reliable records of who was the ‘real’ Jesus.

Indeed, by Aslan’s logic, the Gospels are not reliable. They’re often at odds with one another in terms of detail and chronology. Did Jesus give his sermon on the mount or on the plain? What day did Jesus die? Did he celebrate the Passover the night he was betrayed or did he just wash his friends’ feet? Was he born of a virgin and, if so, why do only Luke and Matthew tell us so? Why does Mark hardly tell us anything, including anything about people actually seeing the Risen Christ?

That’s the question for worship this coming weekend:

How can we trust the Gospels?

Since I’m the one stuck preaching, I’d like your help. How would you answer the question?

How can we trust that the witness of the Gospels is a reliable testimony to Jesus?

Why do you, personally, trust the Gospels or for that matter not trust them?

Leave a comment here or email me at jamicheli@mac.com.

Better yet, email me audio of you answering the question and I just may use it in the sermon.