D.A. Carson, one of today's most notable Bible scholars, introduces the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross. How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible firmly establishes the historicity of these events and doesn't leave their meanings ambiguous or open to interpretation. Even so, there is an irony and surprising strangeness to the cross.
Carson shows that this strange irony has deep implications for our lives as he examines the history and theology of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. Scandalous is the latest addition to the Re:Lit series, which highlights important theological truths in accessible and applicable ways. Both amateur theologians and general readers will appreciate how Carson deftly preserves weighty theology while simultaneously noting the broader themes of Jesus' death and resurrection. Through exposition of five primary passages of Scripture, Carson helps us to more fully understand and appreciate the scandal of the cross.
- Eloquent and interesting
"Scandalous" by D.A. Carson discusses different perspectives of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The narrator, John Haag, was pleasant to listen to, though at times seemed a bit mechanical. He did, however, narrate at a good pace.
Though the subjects have resurrection in common, I felt like the book was a bit disjointed and jumpy. However, they were each interesting in it's own way. Carson talks about the life, death, and resurrection Jesus, Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life, and how Thomas doubted Jesus. Carson eloquently discusses each of these topics, almost poetically. I like the rhythm of his discussion of the Resurrection at the beginning of the book.
I especially learned from the discussion of Lazarus' rising from the dead. There were Jewish customs and superstitions that I wasn't aware of that really brought a better understanding to the story.
Overall, I believe Carson did a good presentation on the resurrection well. All the reasons and aspects of resurrection were interesting. Although I agreed with everything in “Scandalous” and I learned from it, I feel that this audiobook is better suited for pastors or serious theologians. Perhaps, I would've enjoyed reading “Scandalous” rather than hearing it.
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Scandalous is a book by one of my favorite authors and speakers, D.A. Carson. I own this book in print and I also just finished listening to it via Christian Audio.
I really enjoyed this book. I feel that D.A. Carson always brings to essential elements to the table that work together at drawing me into the topics that he is discussing. The first element is his deeper understanding of scripture. Now, I want you to know that I use the word "deeper" purposely. You see, it isn't that he has a deep understanding of scripture, it is that he has an understanding of scripture that is always a step deeper than where I am at, and it is always driving me deeper into the Word.
The book itself is about the truly scandalous nature of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. The two chapters that had the most impact on me were the first chapter, dealing with the deep ironies of the cross as told in the book of Matthew. The other chapter that I really enjoyed was the chapter dealing with the scandalous actions of Christ in association with the death and resurrection of Lazarus.
It was an excellent book and I really enjoyed the audio version. The voice talent even reminded me a little of D.A. Carson's speaking style.
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SCANDALOUS: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. Carson
Doesn’t the title of this book grab your attention? It grabbed mine.
If someone had asked about the scandal of the cross, before listening to this, I believe that I could give a sufficient answer as to its scandal. How the resurrection was a scandal I was not so sure about. Author D.A. Carson opened my mind to far more than I could even think about for both the cross and the resurrection.
Each of the main five chapters had been taken from five different messages given at a conference. Each could stand alone, but there were two ties, the theme of the scandalous and scriptural eyewitness accounts.
The scriptural exposition of eye witness accounts bring out each of the scandals. The accounts stretch from before the cross to the resurrection. In each of the five accounts, Carson, in a unique way presents what appears, at times, to be an unrelated idea (sometimes from Scripture, sometimes from modern accounts). These unrelated ideas are actually introductions for the specifics of the scandal within each passage in question.
The reader, John Haag, did a fine job capturing the essence with his excellent and well executed phrasing. Your mind will be engaged and fascinated.
As a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program, I have no problem recommending this book. I listened to it twice. The second brought out so much more.
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- This short book addresses five key...
This short book addresses five key Bible passages, meditating on the most scandalous aspects of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Don Carson's writing is clear, easy-to-understand and easy-to-follow, and fundamentally biblical. The themes he picks up are controversial because they are so orthodox, but there's nothing old-fashioned or boring here.
There's probably relatively little in here which will be brand new to the more spiritually mature Christian, but there's certainly not nothing, and the depth to which Carson goes is outstanding.
For that reason I'd recommend this book to absolutely any Christian out there. If you've never collapsed in awe of God's mercy and power displayed on the cross, this book would be as good a place to start as any.
The audio version I listened to was enjoyable and clear. Thoroughly recommended.
I got this audiobook for free from christianaudio.com. I'm not required to give a positive review.
- In scandalous, D.A Carson lays out...
In scandalous, D.A Carson lays out some of the really incredible and scandalous things about the gospel.
Because we Christians tend to hear about the gospel often, it is easy for it to not seem as special as it should. This book really made me think about how extraordinary it is. While the book presented some big theological ideas from some complicated biblical texts it wasn’t particularly difficult to get through and contained lots of stories to illustrate his points. Some of the texts, particularly the one from Revelation arn’t ones that would normally come up in discussions about the cross but his explanation of these texts was helpful in understanding more about the cross.
One thing I didn’t really like about the book was that the chapters didn’t really seem to flow together. This is possibly a result of the material in the book being drawn from several different talks. Because of this, it might be helpful to not read straight through and instead take some time to think about the content before moving onto the next chapter.
Overall, I thought this was a really good book. I particularly recommend it to those who have been a Christian for a while and need a fresh reminder of the scandal and power of the cross.
- Scandalous is a marvelous introduction to...
Scandalous is a marvelous introduction to the work and mind of D.A. Carson. I’ve enjoyed listening to his sermons/lectures in the past, and this book is the final product of his appearance at the Resurgence Conference. Carson is one of the greatest theologians of our day, but that doesn’t mean he is dry or impractical. The book remains reader-friendly (or listener-friendly) throughout, making the deeper sections all the more enjoyable and beneficial. Each chapter of Scandalous takes Scripture passages that may otherwise be familiar to you and makes you feel like it is the first time you’ve heard them, a delightful and rare treat.
The narrator, Dave Heath, must be a voice actor because he captures the sound, tone, and inflections of Carson’s voice just as though he were reading it himself.
I only wish the book were longer. Each chapter is a mini-commentary, and he’s whetted my appetite enough that I’m thinking his commentary on John may be a nice Christmas present to myself this year. That said, there was only one thing I found odd. In two different chapters he speaks of forgiveness and gives the same hypothetical scenario of forgiving a friend’s attackers. Reusing the same example twice may make it harder to forget, but it seems more like an oversight than intentional.
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I really haven’t enjoyed listening to this at all. Although there are some interesting bits, overall I’ve found this very dull. From the title I was expecting it to be more dynamic and truly scandalous, but it certainly did not come across that way to me, sadly.
Although I have never come across anything by D. A. Carson before, I have read and heard similar theology on this subject, so it wasn’t anything new.
The narration is very clear and easy to understand, and is very dramatic in parts. So no problem with the delivery for me.
I think this audio/book would suit people who really like theology. It may even help those who are seriously looking into the claims of the death and resurrection of Jesus, before following Him.
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Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, D. A. Carson, audiobook. Christianaudio.com, Crossway (paperback).
Reviewed by Derek R. Iannelli-Smith, Elder, Oasis…where relationships are a mess worth making.
D. A. Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He earned a doctorate in New Testament Studies from Cambridge University. He is an active guest lecturer, and he has written or edited more than forty books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
DA Carson starts the book with his premise, “Nothing is more central to the Bible than Jesus’ death and resurrection.” The topic of Christology, a much needed message for the millennials and when we all really consider it, one our own hearts require.
I have been reading DA Carson since 2001, thanks to investments by my seminary professors. I try to get my hands on both audios and writings as much as possible. I was pointed to Carson through a great lesson learned from the Cross-Centered Life, that is… to read something about the Cross every year, and I have with DA Carson’s contributions to HIS elect.
In the PREFACE, Carson states,
“Over the years I’ve had occasion to unpack many parts of the Bible that herald Jesus’ death and resurrection. In December 2008 I gave these five addresses at a Resurgence conference in Mars Hill, Seattle. I am grateful to Mark Driscoll and the folks at the Henry Center for putting the conference together.”
We discover that Carson has revisited this material quite a bit and we can look forward to some solid theological discourse on the Cross and Resurrection. Because the Cross is nothing (thousands died by crucifixion during those times, the Cross was not the stopping point for God and the covenant of redemption) without the Resurrection.
Chapter 2, to me was a critical chapter in that Carson does a quick overview of Romans, focusing much on Romans 3. Without the wrath, the sinfulness of man, the depravity of sin, nothing makes sense. When we truly understand the depth of our depravity do we rightly understand how the Cross and the Resurrection is to impact our lives.
Crossway describes Scandalous,
“D. A. Carson, one of today's most notable Bible scholars, introduces the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross.
How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible firmly establishes the historicity of these events and doesn't leave their meanings ambiguous or open to interpretation. Even so, there is an irony and surprising strangeness to the cross. Carson shows that this strange irony has deep implications for our lives as he examines the history and theology of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection.
Scandalous is the latest addition to the Re:Lit series, which highlights important theological truths in accessible and applicable ways. Both amateur theologians and general readers will appreciate how Carson deftly preserves weighty theology while simultaneously noting the broader themes of Jesus' death and resurrection. Through exposition of five primary passages of Scripture, Carson helps us to more fully understand and appreciate the scandal of the cross.”
A powerful statement from chapter 2 made a profound impact on me;
“Moreover, Christians today will understand that biblically authentic Christianity is never merely a matter of rules and regulations, of public liturgy and private morality. Biblical Christianity results in transformed men and women—men and women who, because of the power of the Spirit of God, enjoy regenerated natures.”
We really don’t get this. We live lives of denial, rationalizing and justifying our sin. Forgetting that we are no longer in bondage to our sin, that we are new creations in Christ, the old is gone and the new has come. God is sovereign in providing a mediator, and we are responsible to be working on sin with Him together. We must understand God’s holiness in light of our sinfulness; otherwise the Cross gets smaller in our lives. This manifests in a small ‘cross’ that holds no authority, no lordship, and justice. When the ‘Cross’ is big in our lives we can obey, to have joy, and participate in His righteousness, a gift, kindness and mercy, I only catch glimpses of. What a message! What a Savior! What a Lord!
So we all need reminders of things that we already know, but Carson, was the instrument in the Redeemer’s hands to make the Cross bigger in our lives and reminding us of our sinfulness compared to God’s holiness. I highly recommend this treatise on the apocalyptic scandal that saves us all.
- D.A. Carson’s Scandalous surprised me with...
D.A. Carson’s Scandalous surprised me with how enjoyable it was to read and how encouraging it was to my soul. Carson is a name that is synonymous with scholarship in the world of modern Evangelicalism.
A well-known professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the author of numerous books and biblical commentaries, Carson is someone that most evangelicals should read.
As a pastor, I have worked through a few of Carson’s books. Generally, I found them to be lofty in their language and complex in their argumentation. Thus, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that Scandalous is a very easy-to-read and compelling work. Carson’s language is very accessible in this book. His illustrations are easy to understand, and his humor is surprisingly down-to-earth.
This book is a collection of five looks at five passages relating to Christ’s death and resurrection. In each look, Carson puts forth very helpful thoughts to challenge and encourage Christians. I especially found Carson’s look at the crucifixion and at the resurrection of Lazarus to be the two most interesting and helpful chapters. That said, none of the five chapters left me bored or confused. Each was clear, interesting, and refreshing.
I have very little negative to say about this work. One small point that did concern me, however, was one of Carson’s choices of illustrations. He made a fine point with an illustration of how a man came to Christ after speaking with Carson about several logical points. However, the illustration also involved a young Christian lady going on dates with the lost man. This is advice that I would not give to any Christian, as the outcome of such relationships is very often not positive. Again, I recognize that Carson was making an entirely different point. I only wish that he had chosen a different illustration there for his point so as not to offer unwilling approval to weak Christians who wish to enter into dating relationships with non-believers.
Without question, I recommend Scandalous very highly. I believe that any Christian can benefit from and be encouraged by Carson’s work. This book would make a fine read for groups who wish to read a chapter per week and meet for discussion and prayer. It would also make a fine springboard for a five-session Bible study. Simply put, this is excellent work by Carson, and I commend it to any believer.
For this review, I listened to the excellent recording of this work made available to me as part of the reviewers program for ChristianAudio.com. This work is one of the best I have heard for ease of listening from the site. John Haag is my new favorite narrator from ChristianAudio.com.
D.A. Carson. Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.
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I've just finished listening to Scandalous by D.A. Carson. I received it as a reviewer for christianaudio.com. It is approximately 6.3 hours long
I've long been a fan of Carson. I treasure his New Bible Commentary among all the commentary books I own. His introduction to the new testament book is also wonderful. I am sad to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked.
The premise of the book is wonderful. Carson looks at five messages on what is truly the most scandalous claim made on the earth today: that God became flesh, dwelt with us, died, buried, and resurrected so that we might have life with him. For a reason I still can't grasp, this book did not draw me in as some of the other recent books I've listened too.
The narrator is John Haag and he does an excellent job.
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Any book by D.A. Carson is worth owning in one’s library. This book on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is very timely and one that every Christian who enjoys reading theology should read. Carson expertly teaches on five important passages that are central to the gospel message that many of us preach and teach today.
Through careful exegesis and excellent application for today, Carson offers five messages on what is truly the most scandalous claim made in the world today–that God became flesh, dwelt among us, died, was buried, and resurrected so that we might be made right with Him even though we do not really want it! How foolish! How scandalous! Read this book and fall in love with the slain Lamb all over again.
As usual, the audio content is excellent and the reader is precise in his reading. The book was not just a joy to read, but a joy to listen to as well.