I really enjoyed teaching a Sunday morning class this summer over the N.T. Wright book Simply Christian (#17). This is a nice introduction to the heart of Christian faith written by somebody who has quickly made my fave five living Christian scholar/authors.
There are a few places in the book where I think Wright assumes some knowledge that "Joe on the street" would not have, but for people who have entered into a relationship with Christ and are working there way into the life of the church, this is a good if not great starting place.
I think this is my favorite quote from the book:
So what is Christianity about, then?
Christianity is about the belief that the living God, in fulfillment of his promises and as the climax of the story of Israel, has accomplished all this - the finding, the saving, the giving of new life - in Jesus. He has done it. With Jesus, God's rescue operation has been put into effect once and for all. A great door has swung open in the cosmos which can never again be shut. It's the door to the prison where we've been kept chained up. We are offered freedom: freedom to experience God's rescue for ourselves, to go through the open door and explore the new world to which we now have access. In particular, we are all invited - summoned, actually - to discover, through following Jesus, that this new world is indeed a place of justice, spirituality, relationship, and beauty, and that we are not only to enjoy it as such but to work at bringing it to birth on earth as in heaven. In listening to Jesus, we discover whose voice it is that has echoed around the hearts and minds of the human race all along.
Thanks, Dr. Wright. To that I say, "Amen! And where do I sign up?"