The Cross is Not Enough: A Review

The Cross Is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the ResurrectionThe Cross Is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection by Ross Clifford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The resurrection is the lynchpin of Christianity.” (“Resurrection Theses [#1] for the Third Millenium,” p. 275)

Clifford and Johnson build a compelling case for a resurrection-centric worldview as the foundation for an all-encompassing, holistic approach to theology, ethics, missions, and discipleship. I especially appreciate their:

*”back-to-front” theme starting with the “resurrection grid” and then looking backwards beginning with postmodern culture and continuing through to the Hebrew scriptures
*”12 Resurrection Zones of Living” that map out the comprehensive scope of resurrection
*sensitivity to (predominately) postmodern as well as residual modern missional and evangelistic concerns
*insightful analysis of postmodern culture and spirituality
*kingdom of God and discipleship emphases
*holistic, incarnational living in God’s world

For me, this book sets right the biblical focus on a life-affirming, world-engaging, cross-incorporating, resurrection-empowered discipleship that has too often been eclipsed by a narrow focus on cross-centered propositionalism.

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