How Jesus Saves the World from Us
12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity
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|Format: ||Paperback, 208 pages|
|Other Information: ||black & white illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 18 April 2016|
Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we've received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. This is a book for Christians who are troubled by what we've become and who want Jesus to save us from the toxic behaviors and attitudes we've embraced. Each of the 12 chapters proposes a paradigm shift and antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as "Worship not Performance, "Temple not Program," and "Solidarity not Sanctimony." Each chapter includes thought-provoking discussion questions, perfect for individual or group study. There are many reasons to lose hope about the state of our world and our church, but Guyton offers one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.
About the Author
Morgan Guyton is Director, NOLA Wesley United Methodist Campus Center. He is also a United Methodist pastor, blogger, and author of dozens of articles featured in Red Letter Christians, Huffington Post Religion, Think Christian, Ministry Matters, United Methodist Reporter, and Rethink Church.
Powerful. Provocative. And true. Morgan Guyton makes the startling and convincing case that Jesus came to save the world from us -- human beings who have the propensity to pervert Good News into Bad Rules. With passion and wit, Guyton turns Jesus message back around to a radical way of justice for the world. If you've been tempted to dump Christianity, give this book the chance to convert you to the possibility of a deeper life in and with God. --Diana Butler Bass, author Grounded: Finding God in the World -- A Spiritual Revolution Morgan Guyton's new book is intelligent, passionate, insightful, challenging, and a compelling read. It will jolt you out of comfortable but confining Christian ruts and help you be healed from twelve common and dangerous religious toxins. It's strong and needed medicine!--Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist (brianmclaren.net) I'm pretty sure that Morgan Guyton doesn't stray far from the monkey bars, because How Jesus Saves the World from Us looks at so many familiar texts upside down. Guyton lets the pages flutter until they make more sense inside out. His perspective swings with life and the unexpected, so that I can't wait for the world to be saved from me.--Carol Howard Merritt, Author of Tribal Church and Healing Spiritual Wounds Morgan Guyton's new book, "How Jesus Saves the World From Us" is one of the most refreshing books I've come across in some time. Guyton takes on the prominent toxic, modern-day distortions of Christianity and lays out a compelling vision for what the world could be like if Christians would finally begin to follow Christ. His explorations of what it looks like to be a faithful Christ-follower will be convicting to everyone who reads them, but at the same time, you will find yourself being enraptured again with the person of Jesus and his radical vision for the renewal of our world. This book made me want to become a Christian again. Guyton's first book is truly transformative. May it be the first of many more to come. --Brandan Robertson, Writer, Activist, Speaker, The Nomad Blog on Patheos In this book Morgan Guyton shares his tremendous ability to reframe familiar and often polarizing categories with insight illumined by Scripture and human experience to invite, and even provoke, his readers to participate in God's reign with renewed compassion. --Laceye C. Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies, Duke University Divinity School With insight born of profound personal experience and deep theological reflection, the author leads the reader on a transforming journey into the heart of the Christian gospel. He artfully challenges conventional distortions of core doctrines while respecting those who may differ from his interpretations. Groups and individuals seeking to understand and live as faithful Christian disciples will find How Jesus Saves the World from Us a much needed guide for continuing the journey toward the fullness of salvation. --Kenneth Carder, United Methodist bishop (retired) Morgan Guyton is helping heal a Christianity that has become infected with the pathogens of American culture. As Morgan prescribes antidotes for a toxic Christianity, he does so with keen insight and crisp writing. More importantly, Morgan does all of this with the grace and humility of one who genuinely loves the church and longs for her well-being. I am grateful for Morgan Guyton's important and timely voice. --Brian Zahnd, Pastor of Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri, Author of A Farewell To Mars
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