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At a time when people practice their faith in extremes--either publicly, with a legalistic, combative tone that creates division, or privately, to the point that their faith becomes functionally irrelevant--award-winning author Greg Paul casts a new light on religion that is beneficial for believers and the world.
Using the book of James as a guide and the streets of Toronto as a proving ground, Greg Paul demonstrates that true religion is not a necessary evil, but the way we put flesh on the bones of our faith. Resurrecting Religion is a convicting and inspiring vision for a world-changing faith.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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At a time when most people practice their faith in the extremeseither extremely publicly, with a legalistic, combative tone that creates division, or extremely privately, to the point that our faith becomes functionally irrelevantaward-winning author Greg Paul offers a vision for religion that is good for us and good for the world.
Paul (God in the Alley), founding pastor of Sanctuary Toronto, a ministry serving marginalized communities, argues for a new definition of religion in this impassioned call for rethinking the role of Christianity in a community. Decreasing church attendance, divisions over doctrine, hypocritical church members, and the loss of young members have all contributed to Christianitys declining reputation, Paul writes. He believes that good religionmotivated by empowering love, not power, money, or famecan turn the tide. Instead of using faith politically, he writes, Christianity needs to become welcoming by directing individual faith toward communal good. Paul illustrates his points with examples from his ministry, as with the story of Mike, a homeless man with liver disease whom Paul takes in for a few months. Their time together makes Paul rethink how Sanctuary Toronto works with people who need housing, inspiring him to take a more proactive approach to finding and helping them. Paul also includes inspiring reflections on Bible stories, including the perspective of John, the brother of Jesus, and a gripping (and surprisingly humorous) recounting of the martyrdom of St. Lawrence. Pauls uplifting message will appeal to Christians looking to reenergize their communities.