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The Liberator

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The Liberator Copyright 2006 by Rob Lacey Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Control Number: 2005934466 ISBN-10: 0-310-25817-0 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25817-9 This edition printed on acid-free paper. As of the date of...


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The Liberator Copyright 2006 by Rob Lacey Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Control Number: 2005934466 ISBN-10: 0-310-25817-0 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25817-9 This edition printed on acid-free paper. As of the date of publication, the websites listed in the main text of this book were fictitious. Although some of the site names used in this book have been registered, at the time the book was written there were no live sites at these addresses. The copyright holder's permission need not be sought for public reading/performance of this material when done on an amateur basis. For permission to read/ perform the material on a professional basis, please contact Rob Lacey, Mail Box No. 238, 61 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3DG, Wales, UK or visit www. thewordonthestreet.co.uk for more information. All recording, radio, television and film rights are reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Rob Monacelli Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 - 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 And Finally. . . Chapter One Exclusive? Luke 1:1 - 4 1 - 2 Okay, so I'm not slapping the word "EXCLUSIVE" all over the front cover - I'm not the first! There's plenty of other bios (authorised and unauthorised) flying up the bestseller lists. Other authors have published their take on how ancient predictions have come to life in the Here and Now with us - most of them reliable transcriptions from eyewitnesses and accredited storytellers who can say, hand on heart, looking you straight in the eye, "I was there." [Luke 1:1] "Authorised" would be Dr Luke's version, Matt's account, Mark's take on Pete's story and then, much later, John's account. "Unauthorised" would be more dodgy versions supposedly from Thomas, Mary Mag, and plenty of other sensationalised, semi-fictional accounts of what might've possibly happened; some of them should be called the Jostick-Gnostic Gospels. Not that anyone would mess with the text today, surely! [Luke 1:1 - 2] Where do we get the word "authorised" from - if it's written by an author, then it's . . . erm . . . "authorised", no? 24 the liberator 3 - 4 So since I'm well into this and have read around the subject, soaking myself in research, it rings true for me to lay down for you a definitive bio for you great Godloving readers: the What, Where, When, How and Why of the whole story. So you'll be convinced that the stuff you've been taught is watertight. Here goes. . . Expecting Luke 1:5 - 25 5 - 7 Old man Zechariah is standing beside one of a series of huge billboards with the giant-sized image of Herod the Great keeping Judea's throne warm. Quick Bio on Zechariah: One of the God Reps1 - part of Aaron's family tree, on the branch of the Abijah family. His missus, Elizabeth, could also claim an Aaron family surname. Both of them genuinely good people in God's eyes, living in line with the Maker's Instruction Manuals. The bad news? Their branch of the family tree is about to get lopped off; Elizabeth can't conceive. Plus, they're both clocking up the years. 8 - 10 It's Zechariah's 15 minutes of fame, the Mount Everest moment of his God Rep career. It's his group's shift at the Religious HQ2 and the old God Rep dice have landed on his name - he's "randomly" picked out to do the incense-burning honours in God's Purest Place3. [Luke 1:3 - 4] The dignitary Dr Luke was writing to was
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The liberator is creative. It's colourful. It's the gospels as you've never read them. In this engaging new paraphrase, Rob Lacey, author of the award-winning* work the word on the street, renders the complete story of Jesus in the language of the modern urban reader. Using up-to-date dialogue and images, Lacey lends fresh perspective to what can be over-familiar stories and sayings. He digs deeply into the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and gives us the story of the Liberator without missing any bits out. Plus Rob's insightful, often humorous sidebar comments will cause you to think about the story in fresh new ways. For new and seasoned readers alike, The Liberator takes the message of the Scriptures into the 21st century to create the impact it had in the 1st century. * Book of the Year (2004), Christian Booksellers Convention Ltd. (UK); Borders' Best of 2004: Religion and Spirituality
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 243584
  • Product Code 0310258170
  • EAN 9780310258179
  • UPC 025986258177
  • Pages 416
  • Department Children / Young Adults
  • Category Youth
  • Sub-Category Biography
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2006
  • Dimensions 203 x 134 x 27mm
  • Weight 0.346kg

Rob Lacey

Rob Lacey was a nationally known writer, performer and awardRob Lacey was a nationally known writer, performer and award-winning broadcaster. He authored Are We Getting Through? an-winning broadcaster. He authored Are We Getting Through? and the street bible. d the street bible.

  • Contents
  • Foreword 5
  • Frequently Asked Questions 7
  • The Story So Far. . . 15
  • Prologue (john 1:1--18) 19
  • Part One
  • Who Is He?
  • 1. And Finally. . . 23
  • 2. Christmas Presence 41
  • 3. Do The Prep 57
  • 4. Liberator Launch 67
  • 5. Team Training Session 87
  • 6. Who's 'the Man'? 111
  • 7. Just Stories 127
  • 8. Last Galilee Gigs 141
  • 9. Super Natural 161
  • 10. Team Catches On 183
  • Special Feature:
  • Who Is He? The Davidson Survey 190
  • Part Two
  • Dead Man Walking
  • 11. Choosing Sides 195
  • 12. Southbound Highway 211
  • 13. Change Community 235
  • 14. Establishment Wobbles 255
  • 15. What An Entrance 279
  • Special Feature:
  • Dead Man Walking 284
  • Part Three
  • (com)passion Week
  • 16. Confrontation 289
  • 17. Times Change 309
  • 18. Mutiny 321
  • 19. Trial Times 339
  • 20. Execution 353
  • 21. And Initially. . . 373
  • Special Feature:
  • And. . . ? 383
  • Appendix 390
  • Where To Find It In A Proper Bible 394

And Finally. . . Chapter One Exclusive? Luke 1:1 -- 4 1 -- 2 Okay, so I'm not slapping the word 'EXCLUSIVE' all over the front cover -- I'm not the first! There's plenty of other bios (authorised and unauthorised) flying up the bestseller lists. Other authors have published their take on how ancient predictions have come to life in the Here and Now with us -- most of them reliable transcriptions from eyewitnesses and accredited storytellers who can say, hand on heart, looking you straight in the eye, 'I was there.' [Luke 1:1] 'Authorised' would be Dr Luke's version, Matt's account, Mark's take on Pete's story and then, much later, John's account. 'Unauthorised' would be more dodgy versions supposedly from Thomas, Mary Mag, and plenty of other sensationalised, semi-fictional accounts of what might've possibly happened; some of them should be called the Jostick-Gnostic Gospels. Not that anyone would mess with the text today, surely! [Luke 1:1 -- 2] Where do we get the word 'authorised' from -- if it's written by an author, then it's . . . erm . . . 'authorised', no? 24 the liberator 3 -- 4 So since I'm well into this and have read around the subject, soaking myself in research, it rings true for me to lay down for you a definitive bio for you great Godloving readers: the What, Where, When, How and Why of the whole story. So you'll be convinced that the stuff you've been taught is watertight. Here goes. . . Expecting Luke 1:5 -- 25 5 -- 7 Old man Zechariah is standing beside one of a series of huge billboards with the giant-sized image of Herod the Great keeping Judea's throne warm. Quick Bio on Zechariah: One of the God Reps1 -- part of Aaron's family tree, on the branch of the Abijah family. His missus, Elizabeth, could also claim an Aaron family surname. Both of them genuinely good people in God's eyes, living in line with the Maker's Instruction Manuals. The bad news? Their branch of the family tree is about to get lopped off; Elizabeth can't conceive. Plus, they're both clocking up the years. 8 -- 10 It's Zechariah's 15 minutes of fame, the Mount Everest moment of his God Rep career. It's his group's shift at the Religious HQ2 and the old God Rep dice have landed on his name -- he's 'randomly' picked out to do the incense-burning honours in God's Purest Place3. [Luke 1:3 -- 4] The dignitary Dr Luke was writing to was a Greek name: 'Theophilus.' Literally, Mr God Lover. [Luke 1:7] In first century Near East, pre-PC days, couples who can't moan about the stress of the school run are treated like they're virtually disabled. The standard knee-jerk reaction was, 'No Kids = No Values'. Back then, they were convinced it was God's way of saying, 'Not best pleased with you!' Course we know that God's not like that, don't we?! 1 God Reps = Priests. The 'go between' for God and his people -- not to be mistaken for the 'get-in-between'. Years back, this guy named Aaron was the very first God Rep, and since then only his family line was eligible for the post. 2 Religious HQ = Temple. Jerusalem's focal point of the Jewish Religion. Literally a house for God. Question is, how much does God get let out? 3 Purest Place = The Holy of Holies. The heart of the Religious HQ complex: the inner sanctum. Off-limits for all but the most devoted and then only once a year on a rota basis! And Finally... 25 His colleagues, the public, everyone -- they're all outside, in deep conversation with God. It's now! His big moment. He moves into the Purest Place to burn the incense to God. 11 -- 13 Old Zech's doing the stuff when God's top angel is standing there to the right of the Incense Altar. Zechariah's freaked! He's frozen with fear, but the angel gives it, 'Whoa! Don't panic, Zechariah. The top item on your wish list to God has been stamped with the word 'ACTION' and signed off by God. Your wife, Elizabeth, is going to have your baby boy. His name? John. 14 -- 15 'He'll be a joy-factory for you and his birthday will be party time for so many. God'll look at him and always see the caption 'Great' large in the frame. He'll be teetotal -- no beer, wine or spirits. He'll be crammed full of the Holy Spirit. From manhood? No. From childhood? No. From birth? No. Get this: from conception! 16 -- 17 'He'll round up so many Jews and bring them back to God their Boss. He'll clear the way for God; it'll be an action-replay of old Elijah, turning dads' hearts back to their kids, turning rebels' ears back to the wise words of their right-living advisors. He'll get people ready for God the Boss to show.' [Luke 1:11] Question is . . . does Zechariah dare to wonder if God's speaking to them again? God's voice has been on mute for 400 years! No couriers, no memos, no nothing. Check out God's last words of the Old Testament in a proper Bible. The last memo before God pressed pause was Malachi 4:5 -- 6. So what's the message now? Is it a mobilisation order for the underground insurgents to rise up and overthrow their Roman Oppressors? Is it the rallying call for the people's revolution? Nope, it's that Zech's going to be a dad! 26 the liberator 18 But Zechariah comes back at Gabriel and asks, 'And you can prove this? Face it, I'm not exactly just out of college, and my missus is no teenager either!' 19 -- 20 The angel lays into him. 'Have you any idea who I am?! Gabriel's the name. I've got an all-access pass to God's heaven! I'm delivering this message to you personally! And you have the nerve to interrogate me? You won't say one more word until all this has played out its natural course and the baby's gurgling away.' 21 -- 22 Shift scenes to God's Religious HQ, just outside the Purest Place. The crowd are nudging each other, raising their eyebrows, palms, shoulders asking, 'What's keeping him?' He steps out, and all he can do is mime. They realise, 'It's some sort of visitation.' 'He's had a vision!' 23 -- 25 Zechariah ties up the loose ends and clocks off duty. He goes home. Then Elizabeth gets pregnant, but keeps it on the quiet for five months. But she's convinced, 'God's done this for me. He's proved he's for me by operating his shame-ectomy procedure and giving me my baby. From now on no one will look down at 'Old-Mrs-No-Kids'.' Luke 1:26 -- 38 26 -- 28 Second time in six months, God sends his top angel on an 'overseas' trip: Gabriel picks up his work order for the day. It reads, 'Destination: [Luke 1:23 -- 25] Would Elizabeth's Psalm 23:1 read, 'The Lord is my Gynaecologist . . . he leads me besides broken waters. . .'!? [Luke 1:24] So why does she keep it to herself? She must've been bursting to tell her neighbours, family, anyone -- she's pregnant! At her age! [Luke 1:26 -- 28] Does God have 'bad books'?

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