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.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
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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.
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 Jesus—the good news of the kingdom of God—to the world's greatest problems?" Here McLaren builds on the theme of his 2006 book The Secret Message of Jesus—that bringing about the kingdom means transforming the world we live in—to 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 persuasive—and get the attention of a segment of America's Christians—are 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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Reviewed by Carol Egan
(Palatine, IL), June 11, 2009
Possibly one has to be deeply tired and frustrated by today's church to relate to this book. Tired and frustrated by the messages of the world to consume more without concern for this fragile globe that gives us life. Tired and frustrated that we care more for our clothes and our car than our neighbor. But for someone as tired and frustrated as I am, who has spent years and years in bible study and come away amazed that so many miss Jesus' core message, this book was amazingly validating.
Reviewed by blake jones
(forrest city, AR), February 08, 2009
Wow,how far down can we sink? Can anyone take seriously someone who denies the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture? How foolish to follow a blind man! Beware of wolf in sheep's clothing! Pray for his salvation or pray that his audience would no longer heed his words..... Sola Scriptura
Reviewed by Albert Bailey
(Apalachin, NY), January 28, 2009
Not quite as Progressive as I had hoped for, but very well done. His message of Christian churches being more involved with their own "temple" than the people all around them who need help every day is a key to why we are only barely surviveing. We must change, and do it soon,or we will collapse into the pit of our own choosing.
Reviewed by Thomas Sutter
(North Babylon, NY), January 08, 2009
Whether in the life of a single believer or in the life of a community of believers, Christianity is the successful balance between orthodoxy (right doctrine) and orthopraxis (right practice). It is not one or the other as both Liberals and Conservatives would have us believe. It is a "both/and" situation.
And it must be so... for our doctrine (that is, what we believe) informs our practice. That does not make doctrine greater than practice. Doctrine without practice is dead. And practice without doctrine is a show for self (not for God).
In "Everything Must Change" we have a leading proponent for the "emergent" church telling us that what we do (practice) is more important than what we believe. In other words, what we do (orthopraxis) informs what we believe (orthodoxy). It is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog.
What we do is important! But not at the expense of what we believe!
His understanding of church history is skewed as he seems to believe that the Reformation happened in a vacuum and that today's orthodoxy was a reaction to the Reformation. He doesn't seem to understand that doctrines such as the Virgin Birth, the Divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, a holy life lived as a response to God's free gift (along with a host of ecclesiological doctrine) existed long before the Reformation.
Holding up the "emergent" church as an option in opposition to orthodoxy does absolutely nothing to promote harmony in the Body of Christ.
I am reading this book for a peer book study. Actually I can't wait to begin the study hoping that as I interact with others, my view will be tempered or maybe even "corrected".Write a review of Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope
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