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Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope
Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Hardcover
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Brian McLaren believes that the Christian church has specialized in dealing with the "spiritual needs" of seekers while neglecting the physical and social needs of the world. We have focused on "us" and "our eternal destiny" while failing to address the dominant societal and global realities of our lifetime: systemic injustice, poverty and dysfunction.
In Everything Must Change, Brian McLaren asks "Shouldn't a message proclaiming to be the best news in the world be doing better than this?" In this provocative and unsettling work Brian expounds upon a form of Christian practice that is holistic, integral and balanced, ultimately offering good news to both the living and the dying by declaring God's grace at work both in this life and the life to come. Open your heart to this essential message and see why it is being called McLaren's most important work to date.
How do the life and teachings of Jesus address the most critical global problems in our world today?
In Everything Must Change, you will accompany Brian around the world on a search for answers. Along the way youll experience intrigue, alarm, challenge, insight, and hope. Youll get a fresh and provocative vision of Jesus and his teachings. And youll see how his core message can infuse us with purpose and passion to address the economic, environmental, military, political, and social dysfunctions that have overtaken our world.
Jesus message is more than a ticket to heaven or a formula for personal prosperity. It is an invitation to personal and global transformation. It is a radical challenge to the underlying stories that drive our suicidal systems-social, economic, and political. It invites us to imagine what would happen
-if people of faith moved beyond political polarization and a few hot-button issues to the deeper questions nobody is asking.
-if the worlds leading nations spent less on weapons and more on peace-making, poverty-alleviation, and creation-care.
-if a renewed understanding of Jesus and his message sparked a profound spiritual awakening in a global movement of faith, hope, and love.
-if we believed that Gods will really could be done on earth and not just in heaven.
If you are hungry for a fresh vision of what it means to be a person of faith, Everything Must Change applies the good news of Jesus to a world in need, igniting a revolution of hope that can change everything. Beginning with you. Beginning now.
David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com
Brian McLaren is writing so much these days that his next essay is likely to show up on the back of cereal boxes. But, this outpouring really is a sign of a man on fire at the peak of his spiritual vision.
At ReadTheSpirit, we deeply respect McLaren and recommend a number of his books, but for the next six months the "buzz" surrounding McLaren's work is going to focus both this new volume from Thomas Nelson publishing.
Two years after Jim Wallis' "God's Politics" appeared, McLaren's new book is basically a fresh hymn on a similar theme. But the two visionaries are distinct. While Wallis dreams of reuniting the branches of the evangelical movement, McLaren talks more about traditional churches imploding and envisions a new, hopeful, socially engaged movement emerging within Christianity. This book is great for groups with a discussion guide woven into the text itself. At 34 chapters, this new book may seem too thick for most small groups, but it's easy to divide the material for study.
McLaren, a leader in the emerging church, issues a salvo of arguments for "radical hope" in the face of profound dilemmas. The prolific author and pastor identifies the Earth's "four deep dysfunctions" that have created a "suicide machine": crises in prosperity, equity, security and spirituality. "What could change," he asks, "if we applied the message of Jesusthe good news of the kingdom of Godto the world's greatest problems?" Here McLaren builds on the theme of his 2006 book The Secret Message of Jesusthat bringing about the kingdom means transforming the world we live into propose that we create a "hope insurgency." Using a close reading of the Gospels to challenge conservative evangelicals' emphasis on individual salvation--not to mention end-times theology and, by implication, the prosperity gospel--McLaren argues for establishing a "beloved community" based on justice, peace, equality and compassion. McLaren's conclusions are not new, but his ability to be clear and persuasiveand get the attention of a segment of America's Christiansare exceptional. While his critics will find yet more material for challenging McLaren's views, his supporters will consider this book a riveting call to a new conversion. (Oct. 2) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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