Our Theology of God deeply effects the rest of our theologies—particularly our view of the Bible's inspiration
If God cannot control free creatures, then how did the biblical authors interact with God's revelation to produce the biblical text?
With the rising popularity of Essential Kenosis, the dismantling of popular notions of inspiration through historical criticism, and a reclaiming of the interpretative methods of the early church, God Speaks puts forth a doctrine of inspiration and revelation that better accounts for these realities while more faithfully securing our allegiance to Christ.
God Speaks is a powerful and thought-provoking book that discusses how:
The notion that God is uncontrolling better accounts for how the Bible actually behaves and describes a God worth worshipping
Popular notions of Inspiration are idoltrous in the sense that they create a God subject to the Bible and thus must be rethought of.
Thomas Jay Oord's theology of Essential Kenosis, or the uncontrolling love of God, has major implications for the nature of Scripture
To challenge any concept of biblical inspiration that equates it with authorship, is ultimately to challenge the idolatry of Scripture latent in much of the church's theology
“I've long thought a full-length book ought to be written on the implications of essential kenosis for understanding the Bible. And now thanks to Gabriel, we have it! Not only does Gabriel explain the implications essential kenosis has for understanding the Bible, he gives his readers a gift: he writes in a conversational way ... I suspect this book will launch a conversation. Or rather, multiple conversations.”Thomas Jay Oord, from the Foreword, Author of The Uncontrolling Love of God and God Can't
“Gabriel Gordon has given us a magisterial work on how to better understand the inspiration of scripture. Exhibiting a deep engagement with both patristic literature and contemporary scholarship, God Speaks points us to a way of interpreting scripture that is beholden to neither modern liberalism nor fundamentalism, but in keeping with a Christocentric hermeneutic that is at once ancient and contemporary. This is an illuminating book!”Brian Zahnd, Pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri; Author of Sinners In the Hands of A Loving God
“God Speaks is a fascinating and profound exploration into the hermeneutical adventure of biblical inspiration. How do we understand inspiration in light of a stark reality where God's powerful Trinitarian love is uncontrolling and therefore cannot instantly download absolute truth into the human mind? If you are passionate about understanding the biblical text and want to find out, I highly recommend you read Gabriel's book!”Dr. Mark Gregory Karris, Author of Divine Echoes and Religious Refugees
“Drawing from both contemporary and early Christian theologians, Gordon argues well for a participatory theology that values humanity's interpretive role in our relationship with God and scripture and sees the text as a place where Christians can still encounter the living Word—Jesus the Christ.”Sheri Kling, Author of A Process Spirituality
Gabriel Gordon graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Ministry from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is currently working on his Masters of Theological Studies with a specialization in Biblical Studies from Portland Seminary. In addition he is a confirmed member of the Episcopal church part of the worldwide Anglican Communion; and one of the co-founders of The Misfits Theology Club, a blog, podcast, and annual conference dedicated to providing a place of dialogue and working to build unity amongst diverse Christians. He currently lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with his wife Hannah, and his dog Karl Barth.Visit his website