What does our culture think of when the word Christian is mentioned? Unfortunately, stereotypes and misconceptions abound, and those who follow Christ are sometimes considered mean-spirited, narrow-minded, and uncharitable.
Douglas Jacobsen and Rodney Sawatsky provide a blueprint for recovering a vibrant faith as they demonstrate how believers can manifest the fruit of the Spirit to a watching world. This book not only serves as an introduction to or review of the basics of the Christian faith but also shows how true, Spirit-led Christianity is a force for peace, justice, and goodness in today's volatile and violent world.
Douglas Jacobsen (PhD, University of Chicago) is distinguished professor of church history and theology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. He has authored or coauthored such books as Scholarship and the Christian Faith and the award-winning Thinking in the Spirit.
Rodney J. Sawatsky (PhD, Princeton University) was an administrator for church-related colleges for more than twenty years. He served as president of Messiah College from 1994 to 2004 and was the author of numerous scholarly articles.
This gentle little book manages to summarize the entire scope of classic
Christian theology, from the nature of God to the end of time, in amazingly
few pages, basing every theological assertion on a single theme: the more we
understand that "gracious love defines the core of God's character,... the
more gracious our Christianity will become." Jacobsen, a professor at Messiah
College, and Sawatsky, president of the college until his death in 2004, not
only describe the basic tenets of the Christian faith but also draw out their
implications for everyday life: "We are called to nurture and protect the
world as if it were a precious possession entrusted to us by our dearest
friend with the stipulation that the earth's treasures be used for the
benefit of all." Even difficult doctrines like sin and hell become occasions
of graciousness. Sin, for example, "is anything that willfully diminishes the
life that we and the rest of creation are meant to enjoy." Basing their
theology on Scripture, the authors draw on influential apologists past and
present such as Augustine, Aquinas, Bonhoeffer, Nouwen and McLaren. This
gracious and accessible book, which includes abundant discussion questions for
group study, will appeal to a wide spectrum of Christians. (Feb.) Copyright
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