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First, the good stuff. I think Shane Claiborne (SC) writes boldly and strikingly about various topics. Much of the book is a wake-up call for those who have got used to dull, timid, worldly, 'big', Christianity. He is immensely quotable: "Most of the time when I see Christian superstars like Jerry Falwell or Al Sharpton, I feel I'm watching professional wrestling. There's a lot of shouting and sweating, but the people seem too superhuman, and I'm not convinced all the moves are real." (p27)
He has some excellent material on the value of singleness. (p109-111) That's humbled me, and reminded me that I need to try to promote that in a Biblical way. Then there's some good stuff about the worthlessness of "cool": "...we must be either hot or cold, because if we are lukewarm (an old-school way of saying "cool"), we will be spit out of God's mouth"! (p230) There are lots of other helpful areas too, mostly only a few pages at a time.
He has lots of great stories, many of which would be excellent sermon-illustration material!
Now the bad stuff:
1) It's *very* Ameri-centric. Big chunks of the book are spent critiquing the Christian Right. Most of that didn't resonate with my experience of the Church in the UK. We don't do flags on the platform, singing anthems, rallying our troups into war or party politics. All that felt a bit meaningless to me as a Brit - who am I to criticise Christians living in another country and culture?
2) Because it's the experiences of a single guy, living in community, doing some wild and crazy things, I just don't see how much of what he says relates to me. I mean, I have a wife and 3 kids.Read more ›
I'm new to the church and which church I go to doesn't really matter. If we're going to have an argument as to who is the most Christian, well, Jon wins that one by a country mile. And then some. What matters to me is that my journey into it has been furthered by the works of Shane Claiborne and the Red Letter Christians and their clear-eyed focus on the important things. Claiborne says elsewhere that there are around four references in the Bible that seem relevant to homosexuality but around 4000 references to poverty. Which do we think Christ cares about more? That's right, I'm going with poverty. And when we've solved that, then we have the luxury of talking about the other stuff. Me? I think that'll be a while.
Similarly, Jon says that theology is important. And, generally, I agree, but only where theology is a thorough a deep understanding of the Bible. As to what faction of the church, you're from, I'm not at all sure that God really cares whether you're an Anabaptist or a Pentecostalist. We're called to be Christians, to wit, followers of Christ. And that means the words of Jesus are the thing that binds us together, that we have in common. Your opinions about transubstantiation are fine and no doubt interesting things to discuss, but you're overlooking the thing we have in common and by doing that Jesus is being forced to take a back seat. And that, as Claiborne says, is how he ends up getting lost and drowned out.
A thorough grasp of the gospels and of the importance of salvation are worthy things, but your theology has to meet people where they are in their lives or it lives on only in fine words spoken in church.Read more ›
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Don't agree with it all, and maybe some bits don't have to be said, but this book has provoked me to do what God says in the Bible, with the expectation of being messed up a... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dean Fryer-Saxby
Not much you cant like about this. Relevant, honest, well written and down to earth humour pervade this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul
Not all of us can get up and go to Calcutta, but this book does challenge how the faith community lives and worksPublished 9 months ago by I Rankin
Love one another as I have loved you. This book has a lot to say on this theme. Challenging, demanding, intriguing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. B. Moore
Superb book. I bought it as used as I had my own copy but gave it away years ago. So I needed to re read this. Buy, it's a good read.Published 18 months ago by Mr. N. P. Burr
This little book does exactly what it says on the cover! What an Irresistible Revolution Shane describes and explores with the reader. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris Stewart
AMAZING BOOK, - A MUST READ FOR THOSE WANTING TO KNOW JESUS CALL TO FOLLOW BETTER.Published 18 months ago by Sean-O
We've been using the book in a discussion group. If nothing else, the book will urge you to stand out and put your head above the parapet. I for one was challenged.Published 23 months ago by Ockie2002
Great book. Tricky read. Only get it if you want a challenge. Go for it.Published on 25 Aug. 2014 by Amazon Customer