How Jesus Saves the World from Us

Author: Morgan Guyton
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 161164660X
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Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we've received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. This is a book for Christians who are troubled by what we've become and who want Jesus to save us from the toxic behaviors and attitudes we've embraced. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as "Worship not Performance, "Temple not Program," and "Solidarity not Sanctimony." Each chapter includes thought-provoking discussion questions, perfect for individual or group study. There are many reasons to lose hope about the state of our world and our church, but Guyton offers one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.

How Jesus Saves the World from Us

Author: Morgan Guyton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780664262235
Format: PDF, ePub
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Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we've received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. This is a book for Christians who are troubled by what we've become and who want Jesus to save us from the toxic behaviors and attitudes we've embraced. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as "Worship not Performance, "Temple not Program," and "Solidarity not Sanctimony." Each chapter includes thought-provoking discussion questions, perfect for individual or group study. There are many reasons to lose hope about the state of our world and our church, but Guyton offers one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.

Beauty Will Save the World

Author: Brian Zahnd
Publisher: Charisma Media
ISBN: 1616385855
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Zahnd issues a challenge to Christians to discover new vitality through re-envisioning, reimagining, and reforming the church according to the pattern of the cruciform. Using stories from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and from his own life, he teaches believers to stay on the journey to discover the kingdom of God in a fuller, richer way.

Jesus Outside the Lines

Author: Scott Sauls
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1496403835
Format: PDF, Docs
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Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today’s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward—away from harshness, caricatures, and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.

Fabricating Faith

Author: Richard Hagenston
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781598151466
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According to Hagenston, Jesus had such a hard edge when it came to Gentiles that he coined his own unflattering term for them-dogs. He limited what he was offering strictly to Jews. Yet the religion that began in his name quickly transformed into a predominantly Gentile movement centered on human sacrifice, a practice rejected by Judaism long before Jesus came on the scene. How did this happen? Hagenston exposes the roots of brutal justice underpinning traditional Christianity, but finds hope in a Jewish movement toward grace that preceded and influenced the historical Jesus.

How to Live Right When Your Life Goes Wrong

Author: Leslie Vernick
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 0307568776
Format: PDF, Mobi
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You Know It in Your Head. Now, Let It Live in Your Heart. Despite the abundant availability of both self-help books and Bible study materials, many of us find it difficult to apply what we learn, to make that long head-to-heart journey of change. When we are faced with life’s daily trials, our responses often lack the Christian maturity we desire–showing us clearly just how far we have to go. Is it possible to achieve a deeper, more permanent change of heart? Discover the Principle that Could Transform Your Life. Now, through one practical, simple-to-understand and easy-to-remember model, you can: • Gain a new perspective on the troubles God allows in your life. • Come to better understand your response to those trials. • Discover the underlying idols that hamper your efforts to change. • Learn how to discern the truth of God’s Word. • Develop the heart response that will draw you closer to God. Come on a journey of personal growth and spiritual discovery as your heart is drawn back to a central tenet of the Gospel: Truth isn’t something you learn, but Someone you know. And the Truth will set you free. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Next Christians

Author: Gabe Lyons
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 0385529856
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Presents the author's predictions about the next century of Christianity in America while recommending seven fundamental practices that may help revitalize and authenticate the faith.

Jesus a Life

Author: Daniel Plasman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781505958034
Format: PDF, ePub
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In 365 reflections, readers encounter the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Author Daniel Plasman paints a portrait of Jesus that challenges entrenched assumptions of power and privilege, and prods one to reconsider who's in and who's out. These one-page, daily meditations are for people who deeply love Jesus, God, and the church, but they are more purposely directed to those who have given up on all three because of the harm authority figures and religious institutions have inflicted on them. This is a long list that includes those who have been devalued, discouraged, and denounced because of their gender or gender expression, their life experiences, their marital status, their ethnicity, their race, their addiction, their disability, their sexual orientation, their politics, their doubts, or their questions. Plasman, a minister and photographer, combines biblical scholarship with wit, insight, and social commentary. Additionally, more than two dozen black and white photographs invite readers to a deeper experience of Jesus. Whether you are spiritual but not religious, religious but not spiritual, both or neither, this collection offers fresh ways for you to continue living your faith or to begin the journey anew.

The World Peace Diet

Author: Will Tuttle
Publisher: Lantern Books
ISBN: 9781590560839
Format: PDF
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Tuttle offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience, from any religious tradition, to help them reconnect with what they are eating, what was required to get it on their plates--and what happens after it leaves their plates.

Is It Time

Author: Adolf Hansen
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1501859749
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Conversations about human sexuality are taking place all over The United Methodist Church--in local congregations, among leaders, and in conferences. Adolf Hansen, an ordained elder who is theologian-in-residence at St. Luke’s UMC, Indianapolis, contributes to this conversation by presenting questions for laity and clergy to explore as they engage in open dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect, even when the conversation partners disagree. The author says, "My hope is that persons who read this book will become aware of the wide variety of issues related to the subject of homosexuality; will be encouraged to reflect on each of them; will think through the meaning of whatever answers they give to the questions the book raises; will grapple with the implications of the stances they take; and will engage in conversations with others—both in a one-on-one setting and in a group." (from the Introduction) When we do that, he argues, we can move on to the wider issues and give our full attention to the mission of the Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church.