This is a great interview: Here, about Alan’s new book which i will be picking up and no doubt reviewing soon. But when you have Ed and Alan in one place you are well on your way to the mythical “If you could have lunch with three people” dream people sometimes ask about. They are in my mind two of the top missiological minds out there today, and thus always worth hearing from.
Ed: All of this will sound risky to many readers. Is it? How? Can you tell them why it’s worth it?
Alan: Oh too right. it is risky! Particularly if we insist on clinging to our middleclass penchant for safety and security, and consumerist addiction to comfort and convenience. I believe that the closer we get to Jesus, the more ‘dangerous’ he is to us. We prefer to keep him at arms length and engage him from the relative safety of objective theology. Why is it worth it? Because without Jesus we have no legitimacy, nor I fact do we actually have Christianity, because Christianity minus Christ equals Religion. And hey! Who wants a religion? Is it worth it? It is our eternal destiny to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom.8:29.) We cannot escape it. It is our joy, our salvation, our freedom. All else is just messing with the fringes of the faith.