Why did folks who seemed far from God become devoted followers of Christ? Maybe it's because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath the mud of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus' encounters with "messy" people, Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, sharing pain, and more. 304 pages, hardcover from Baker.
Why were sinners so attracted to Jesus yet repelled by the religious? It had everything to do with the heart of Jesus. They sensed that Jesus was for them--not against them. When broken, sinful people feel repelled by Christians, we must assess whether our hearts reveal the heart of God or reflect the heart of the Pharisees. Through this engaging study of Jesus's encounters with imperfect people, combined with real-life stories of ordinary people having Christlike impact, readers will learn how to show unshockable love toward those around them.
John Burke is the author of No Perfect People Allowed and Soul Revolution, and the founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. John is also the president of Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI), a nonprofit organization, working to help church-planting pastors and ordinary Christians "raise the church out of the culture." John has spoken in fifteen countries to hundreds of thousands of church leaders and Christians about reaching a postmodern, post-Christian culture. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.
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