What would happen if God's too-comfortable followers stopped neglecting the plight of ordinary people and decided to really make a difference? In this inspiring message based on the parable of the Good Samaritan, McNeal challenges believers to "dismount and get down and dirty"---exchanging their church-centric lives for greater community engagement . . . for everybody's benefit! 176 pages, softcover from Baker.
Jesus had little patience with institutional religion that cared for its own needs while neglecting the plight of ordinary people. In one of his most famous parables, he sets up as a model of Christian behavior a man who, unlike some religious folks, actually gets down off his donkey and helps a person in dire need.
With energy and enthusiasm, Reggie McNeal calls believers to dismount, get down and dirty, and live a life that makes a difference. He shows readers how to recalibrate their spiritual efforts to move from church-centric service to greater community engagement in order to do their essential part in creating a world worth living in. McNeal also shows readers that helping others actually helps the one doing the service just as much as the one being served. In fact, serving is the very best way to learn about yourself and grow spiritually.
Anyone who longs to have the impact on the world that Jesus did will love this provocative and inspirational message.
Reggie McNeal (MDiv, PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas. He has lectured or been an adjunct faculty at several seminaries, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Trinity Divinity School, and has served in congregational leadership for over twenty years.