Yesterday I stepped into one of my favorite places, a Christain bookstore, and after examining the various isles, I stumbled into John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus, hardcovered, with a new look dusk jacket, from Zondervan (I thought about the neglect of the TNIV sometime later).
Again, if you’ve followed the debate, you would be aware of the first two editions of this book and the spin-offs. Well, in this Anniversay Edition, there’s only one change, the addition of a new chapter, “What Does Jesus Mean When he Says, ‘Follow Me’?” Here’s an excerpt from the new chapter:
The lorship controversy would have been much less significant-and the no-lordship doctrine surely would have faced an insurmountable obstacle-if those who first began to flirt with the concept had grasped the implications of the word doulos and its necessary connection with the word kurios. In fact, a host of contemporary evangelical aberrations would have been averted if Christians of the past few generations had retained some basic understanding of what it means to be a slave of Christ. (p.30)
Well, the first two editions engendered not a few debates, so I could only imagine what is in store for this Anniversary Edition (1988-2008).
Ok, maybe I’m being too dramatic!