Many people are raised to believe religion is personal and private and should be left out of public life. But even if we wanted to follow the dictum "religion is personal and private", doing so would be impossible. God is out and about in cultures and societies, working in every corner of creation to bring about God's good purposes. God belongs in the public square because the public square belongs to God.
Yet, what it means to say that God belongs in public life is far from clear. It is the street preacher shouting on the corner about coming judgment? Is it backing Christian candidates for public office? Is it relief efforts, fundraising, Christian music, books, and concerts? What if the answer is as varied as the number of humans on the planet? What if the way God is present in public life is through you and me?
Answering these questions will require great imagination and ingenuity. It will require much more from all of us than we will be comfortable giving. It will require that we embrace Jesus' call to take up our cross and follow him. Ranging from vocation to politics, Public Jesus: Exposing the Nature of God in Your Community
invites us to wrestle with all kinds of questions about what it means for us to live our faith in public and what role we play in embodying the coming kingdom.Here's What's Inside
- DVD containing 6 video sessions with Tim Suttle
- 1 Copy of Public Jesus
- In-depth discussion questions to help you explore each topic
- Commentary by Tim Suttle
Week 1: Intro/To Be a Human Being in the Real World
Week 2: Vocation: Learning to Count the Right Things
Week 3: Sabbath: At Play in the World of Plenty
Week 4: Eucharistic Life: Becoming the Body of Christ
Week 5: Languaging God: The Gift of Public Speech
Week 6: Christian Political Life
Jesus lived a very public life. Overthrowing tables, eating with sinners and tax collectors, and exposing a Kingdom that was breaking in.Public Jesus helps expose people to the many opportunities that are all around them to reflect the love of Christ and uncover a religion that is neither private nor personal. Author Tim Suttle unpacks what it means to be a human being in the world and how Christians can reveal the image of God in their neighborhoods, faith communities and workplace. Each chapter challenges readers to love and engage those around them in authentic ways, making every page a catalyst to move people into the mission of loving those they live among.The video sessions are conversational in style as Tim shares thoughtful insights around each chapter in a way that will foster rich conversation. A video transcript taken from sessions with Tim is included in every chapter which is helpful for small group discussions and deeper reflection.Public Jesus is a call for us to orient ourselves to Christ as we learn to follow Jesus wherever we live.
Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of two books: Public Jesus and An Evangelical Social Gospel?. Tim s work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, The Wall Street Journal, and other magazines and journals. He has planted three successful churches over the past 12 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kansas. Tim s blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.