Red Letter Christianity: Living the Words of Jesus No Matter the Cost Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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'a clarion call to rethink the meaning of church, conversion and Christianity; no reader will go away unshaken' (for Shane Claiborne's The Irresistible Revolution) (Publishers Weekly)
'This book's blend of kindly spiritual insights and practical wisdom may well appeal to those beyond the target Christian audience' (for Tony Campolo's Connecting Like Jesus) (Publishers Weekly)
What does it mean to take Jesus' words seriously, and how do they affect the 'hot' issues facing us at the beginning of the 21st century?See all Product Description
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The "red letters" in the title refers to the words of Jesus that are printed in some older bibles in red. The sub-title of the book is "living the words of Jesus no matter the cost" and that probably sums up what the book is about.
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It is written as a conversation between the two authors, and at times this is a little contrived and it is also focused on the problems in the US. But it doesn't take much thinking to link to similar issues that are faced in churches around the world today, and each chapter is filled with practical stories that Claiborne and Campolo share about how they, or people they know are actually trying to live out the words of Christ in their life. You may not agree with all their theology or their suggestions, but you can't fault their desire to serve Christ and make him known.
The only downside is the style of presentation, The book is written as a conversation between Shane and Tony. Although everything they write is clear and well thought out, the linking between their individual paragraphs feels a little false. Apart from that though it's a good book.
This quote could sum up this book. Many of the issues appear right, some even are, but many fall short.
The book starts with an explanation on why the authors use the term Red Letter Christians. The reason is the author believes that the red letters of the Bible are superior to the black letters (p. 5). This in itself is an error and much has been written to debunk this by other authors. One author refers to this as being similar to the “I follow Christ” situation in 1 Corinthians 1. Another author reminds us that the gospel writers who wrote the red letters also wrote the black letters; both are inspired AND important.
Just two pages later (p. 7) there is brief mention on the tragedy on Judges 19. The author mentions how confusing this is. Andy Stanley (Right in the eye – Stranger than fiction) offers a good explanation for this. I find it odd that the authors of this book aren’t aware of explanations like this. Straight after this discussion the authors mention the Old Testament. To them, the God of the Old Testament is a completely different God. This issue resurfaces again (p. 215) where God who is revealed in Jesus is not the same God in the Old Testament who issued commands to take the Promised Land. This misconception is bad. In the OT God’s wrath is more visible in temporal categories such as famine or war while in the NT it is in the afterlife. Don Carson (The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, pp. 80-84) deals with this misconception well.
The chapter on hell is very disconcerting.Read more ›
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