Loves Hurts: The Heart of the Christian Story
Love Hurts is a fresh and compact summary of the central themes of the Christian message. Journeying through the Bible's rich and diverse world of ideas and stories, it leads the reader on a route mapped out by one particular...
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Love Hurts is a fresh and compact summary of the central themes of the Christian message. Journeying through the Bible's rich and diverse world of ideas and stories, it leads the reader on a route mapped out by one particular motif - the love of God. The meaning of this idea as it is explained in three key verses in the New Testament determines the path taken. The reader is invited to consider the costliness of that love, the judgement from which it saves men and women, the sort of life it promises and the role that faith plays in responding to it. The saving ministry of Jesus is considered afresh in the light of it. There is also a reflection on why these short lives of ours have ultimate signifi cance and the distinguishing mark of those who are blessed by God. Finally, consideration is given to the pre-emptive nature of God's saving love and how that love is presented to us in the gospel as promise. 'In Love Hurts Alan Spence demonstrates that it is possible to be both simple and profound. Spence starts with the conviction that the love of God lies at the heart of the Christian story, and proceeds to unpack this belief with nuance and insight, producing a compelling and convincing argument primarily by allowing the Bible to speak for itself. This is a book well worth reading.' Brian Harris, Principal of Vose Seminary and Senior Pastor of Carey Baptist Church, Perth, Western Australia
Dr Alan J. Spence taught mathematics in Harare, served as a tent evangelist in the South African townships and ran camps and conferences with Scripture Union in Zimbabwe. He has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa, and was at one time Moderator of its General Assembly. He helped to found Domboshawa House, a theological college in Harare and has chaired the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. He is now the minister of a United Reformed Church congregation in Northampton, UK. His highly successful book, Love Hurts is published by Paternoster (2012).