Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution❮EPUB❯ ✵ Red Letter Revolution Author Shane Claiborne – Heartforum.co.uk For all the Christians facing conflict between Jesus’ words and their own lives for all the non Christians who feel they rarely see Jesus’ commands reflected in the choices of his followers Red Le For all the Christians facing conflict between Jesus’ words and their own lives for all the non Christians who feel they rarely see Jesus’ commands reflected in the choices of his followers Red Letter Revolution is a blueprint for a Red Letter PDF or new kind of Christianity one consciously centered on the words of Jesus the Bible’s “red letters”Framed as a captivating dialogue between Shane Claiborne a progressive young evangelical and Tony Campolo a seasoned pastor and professor of sociology Red Letter Revolution is a life altering manifesto for skeptics and Christians alike It is a call to a lifestyle that considers first and foremost Jesus’ explicit liberating message of sacrificial loveShane and Tony candidly bring the words of Jesus to bear on contemporary issues of violence community Islam hell sexuality civil disobedience and twenty other critical topics for people of faith and conscience today The resulting conversations reveal the striking truth that Christians guided uneuivocally by the words of Jesus will freuently reach conclusions utterly contrary to those of mainstream evangelical ChristianityIf the Jesus who speaks to you through the Gospels is at odds with the Christian culture you know if you have ever wanted to stand up and say “I love Jesus but that’s not me” Red Letter Revolution will prove that you are not alone—you may have been a Red Letter Christian all alongEndorsements“This book by a young and an elderly Christian will help you decide how we Christians could change the world if we took the ‘red letter’ words of Jesus literally and seriously” —President Jimmy Carter“In Red Letter Revolution the uncompromised truth of Jesus' teachings are given voice by two modern day Christian leaders who do than preach this Good News They walk the talk and lead the way” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu“I started reading this book and couldn't stop Thank you Tony and Shane Thank you for this book May the movement spread around the world” —Abuna Elias ChacourMelkite Catholic Archbishop of Galilee“Red Letter Revolution is an adrenaline producing conversation with prophetic bite” —Eugene H Peterson author of The Message Bible“I cannot over emphasize or exaggerate the richness of this book” —Phyllis Tickle author of Emergence Christianity“In this courageous and well crafted book we have a return to the core message of the Gospel from two Christians who first tried to live it themselves—and only then spoke —Fr Richard Rohr OFM Center for Action and Contemplation“Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo are two of the most significant prophetic voices in the Christian world” —Rabbi Michael Lerner editor of Tikkun Magazine tikkunorg“This is a must read book for anyone who is seeking to take Jesus’ call on their lives seriously” —Jim Wallis founder and editor of Sojourners magazine“If you ever wished you could eavesdrop on a conversation with two of the world's most interesting and inspiring Christians just turn to page one” —Brian D McLaren authorspeaker brianmclarennet.

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker activist and best selling author Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia He heads up Red Letter Christians a movement of folks who are committed to living Red Letter PDF or as if Jesus meant the things he said Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless and to places like Ira and.

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Red Letter Revolution
  • Shane Claiborne
  • English
  • 22 March 2015
  • 9781400204182

10 thoughts on “Red Letter Revolution

  1. Quirkyreader says:

    This book poses the uestion how would the world be today if we followed the Red Letters in the New TestamentGranted this book came out before the Cairo Spring and COVID 19 it still has ideas that are still pertinent to the world we live in today

  2. Naomi says:

    Red Letter Revolution What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo is written as a dialogue between the two authors They introduce it as a new movement of believers who attempt to take seriously the words of Christ and commit to living them out in daily life Overall they tackle twenty six different topics including hell Islam family racism homosexuality immigration politics war national debt and missions divided into three separate sectionsThere are some good points in the book Both authors call the church out on handling finances do we have a balance between what we use for ourselves and what we give away to take care of those in need both within and without our church? Both authors call us back to being good stewards of creation a hearkening back to God's call to Adam in Genesis 1 But overall the book had far troubling aspects than good ones I found it to be pretty reductionist and incomplete For example evangelism has been reduced to recruiting agents for God's work in this world p 51 Missions is reduced to simply helping the poor There is no sense for the real true Gospel in this book By placing so much emphasis on helping the poor with that being the end goal of evangelism and missions you have developed a works based theology with no discussion of grace The only aspect of God's character that is ever talked about is love; anger is covered but really only in regard to the religious people a barely covered jab at evangelicalsTo me this book is a piece of liberal propaganda that panders to those who want a Christianity that conforms to the secular culture It is a call to activism but an activism that emphasizes works instead of grace meeting practical needs instead of the true message of the Gospel Many things in the book may sound good upon first reading them but as you begin to ponder it you begin to see the holes in their arguments especially in light of what the entire Bible says Could we all stand to take seriously the words of Christ? Yes But we enter dangerous territory when we pick and choose only portions of Scripture to take seriously as these authors are apt to encourageThis is not a book I can in good conscience recommend to anyone It's light on theology and heavy on social justice with a few carefully chosen Scriptures thrown in for good measure I think I'll stick with my Bible the entire Bible and a few doctrinally sound authorsI’ve received this complimentary book from Thomas Nelson Publishing House through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for a review A positive review was not reuired and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own

  3. Rachel says:

    While I believe the authors of this book meant well; they did not write a manifesto on what it means to be a Red Letter Christian What they wrote was a haphazard hot potato discussion of topics dialogue on homosexuality dialogue on politics dialogue on the Middle East etc And while one might expect the authors to discuss how Christ addressed all of these difficult topics in the red letters of the new testament they did not What they did was have a very interesting discussion about today's issues They would begin a chapter with a topic that they sometimes stuck with then have a red letter verse then begin the discussion However they cited the old testament and non red letter verses often then red letter verses Again the authors meant well and Shane is very passionate about his work However there were very few clear arguments made and no real conclusion to their topics The book is very nearly useless If you are interested in a book about a Red Letter Revolution look elsewhere If you are interested in an over coffee discussion about the world's various problems and how evangelical Christians pretty much suck with little or no practical advice on any of those problems this is the book for you

  4. Nathan Albright says:

    There are times where reading the dialogue between friends creates an enjoyable reading experience where the familiarity of the conversation partners creates an intimate mood Then there are occasions like reading this book where a chummy atmosphere between readers is the last thing one wants where one disagrees strenuously with the point of view of the authors in uestion This is the sort of book where the problematic ideas on hand would have done better to be dealt with from a fair minded but fierce interrogator rather than a fellow social gospel adherent 1 Given the adversarial treatment the author gives towards being called fundamentalist or evangelical and the adversarial feelings of many people myself included for such obviously left wing poseurs in sheep's or shepherd's clothing this is a book that should have used that adversarial feeling to its advantage Instead what we get is two fake Christians having a chummy conversation with each other as if they are genuinely following Christ and everyone else is a fake or a hypocrite It is extremely off puttingThe contents of this book consist of slightly than 250 pages of dialogue between the two authors about various subjects Mercifully most of the dialogues are short and there are at least a few worthwhile insights that can be found here The authors manage to hit at least one appropriate target when they point out the dangers and problems in viewing political figures as saviors and when they criticize American civic religion for viewing America and not God and Jesus Christ as the last best hope of mankind Not all of the authors' targets are as well chosen as the authors show a marked anti Israel bias and fail badly in their attempts to wrestle with aspects of personal morality in light of our corrupt contemporary culture in that regard The book as a whole is divided into three parts Red Letter Theology Red Letter Living and Red Letter World and within these parts there is a total of twenty six dialogues where the authors pontificate on various subjects and show themselves to be in the main not as close to following the example of Jesus Christ as they would like to fancy themselvesAs a whole this book suffers mightily from the attempt of the authors to be well liked by the world Rather than bearing the shame and reproach that comes from being falsely accused as evildoers by the corrupt in the world as we are commanded to do in the Bible the authors want to be well liked by those corrupt people and so engage in all kinds of compromise where they water down what the Bible says in order to appeal to others If the authors are revolutionaries at all they are the sort of pro Palestinian antinonimian pro Occupy sort of leftist revolutionaries that are all too common in our contemporary world Their attempts to be hip with degenerate social activists and sharia friendly Islamists leads them to be poor examples of defending the content of Christian thought and the fact that the authors have a poor backing in the corpus of biblical law means that their attempts to appropriate Christ for their own political worldview go particularly strongly off course Ultimately this book is not an entire waste of time but it is far from the triumph the authors intend This book can be read profitably but for most potential readers it will be read in an adversarial fashion as it deserves1 See for example

  5. Emily Brady says:

    For those interested in scriptural study the idea of red letters is a fairly common concept In fact since 1899 Bibles have been published with the words of Jesus highlighted in red In this new book by Shane Claiborne the concept is taken a step further The uestion is asked What if Jesus really meant all that he said? To put it bluntly this book was a game changer for me It was a real challenge to some of the things I thought I believed regarding many issues of the day I certainly did not change my mind on every topic that challenged me but the authors did make me evaluate my reasons to hold onto or justify my positions on several topics while still looking at myself and my beliefs through the lens of the red letters If nothing else I was led back to re read those red letters with a fresh perspective I thoroughly enjoyed the content of this book as well as the conversational approach used by the two authorsFor anyone interested in a new way of looking at the Christian message or for those looking to reinvigorate their faith I can highly recommend this book

  6. Michael says:

    Let me start by saying I didn’t give this book two stars for doctrinal issues I thought both authors gave me and probably other Christians many things to think about I absolutely agree with the premise that we should cast aside differences over liturgy music etc and learn from the best of all the Christian traditions The rating of 2 stars comes from the fact that in some areas they gave what they believe is a counter argument to Evangelicals on certain issues without presenting a solid background of the issues For example when they discuss the state of Israel and the unwavering support shown by a lot of Evangelical Christians they present arguments and focus predominantly on the poor decisions made by the State of Israel They never even address how Israel is to deal with a group who sole purpose is the total destruction of Israel How do you compromise with that? They support environmental issues which most people can agree on however here again they just accept that certain answers to protect the environment are the “right” solutions without adeuately addressing the issue for those of us who are truly trying to understand them and not just follow the group think The authors have appeared to accept for example that wind and solar are best and as a Christian we should to Well what about the fact that the batteries used to store wind power are absolutely horrible for the environment? Or that the turning blades of the wind mills are harming animals and still reuire petroleum products oil for lubricant to operate? I am not saying these options don’t have merit it’s just the way these authors present them as “the way” This book is very left leaning politically cherry picks the verses they choose and while they talk about living apart from the world they seem to want to fit in with a progressive crowd than to truly be set apart The book is anti Evangelical anti Israel and pro progressive activist agenda There anti war stance doesn’t even attempt to tackle Just War Theory There are some nuggets in here that spark thought but not something I’d recommend

  7. Rob says:

    Hypocrisy at its finest Claiborne and Campolo espouse living the the way Jesus taught in the New Testament Both Claiborne and Campolo talk about pro life in one chapter yet Campolo vehemently supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race The same Hillary Clinton that supports abortion up to 9 months and idolized Margaret Sanger and Senator Robert Byrd Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of the KKK This book was nothing than liberalism with a twist of ChristianityOnce I finish this book I will relegate it to the burn barrel

  8. Eleanor says:

    An exceptionally thoughtful provocative and challenging book I read this because the clergy staff at our church was using it for a 13 week study I got to know our clergy much better because of the discussions the hot potato topics led to but I also got to know my fellow participants a little better While we often did not agree about what we read and what we were do DO with what we read going forward we found places of agreement and grace and understanding Caution Do not read this book and expect to remain where you are on all of the Red Letter issues

  9. Haiko Eitzen says:

    If you've already read or heard Claiborne or Campolo you'll know what to expect from this book Most of the topics weren't new to me however it was still rewarding to read about these Red Letter Christian themes and ideas such as Community Giving IsraelPalestine Violence etc compiled together into one book and structured as ongoing discussions and organized by topicEach chapter takes on some theme important to Red Letter Christianity It is divided into three parts Red Letter Theology Red Letter Living and Red Letter World Each of these parts has eight or nine chapters or topicsI liked that the authors do not focus solely on systems or solely on individuals but have a holistic approach Everything from personal spiritual exercises to communal living practices to guidelines for missions to government policies is given space in this book There's issues and challenges for individuals families organizations churches small groups political movements businesses and governments All centered on taking Jesus seriouslyPersonally I would like to highlight most of the book but I will just extract one fragment that I found particularly enlightening from the chapter on Missions in Part III Red Letter World restoring a neighborhood takes three groups of people working together First remainers folks from the neighborhood who could leave as many of their peers do but who intentionally remain in order to participate in the restoration Next are the returners people indigenous to the neighborhood who go off to school and job training to acuire skills and bring them back to the neighborhood to help restore it Finally there are the relocators folks who move to the neighborhood deliberately missionally to be a part of the transformation All three are heroic in their own ways But we often put an unfair emphasis on the last the relocators which is so sad because it communicates that you have to go somewhere else to live missionallyAll in all I highly recommend this book particularly for Christians disenchanted with the current state of affairs in the church and the world from all political stripes acknowledging that it is particularly oriented towards US evangelicals At the very least even if you disagree with certain or all positions I recommend reading it to foster the ongoing conversation about how to take Jesus seriously in our modern world

  10. Frank Peters says:

    This is not really a book as much as it is a transcript of an extended discussion The authors Claiborne and Campolo reflect on what Christianity might look like if those who claim to follow Jesus would stop actually following religious or cultural tradition Instead they discuss what it would look like if the red letters of the bible were followed In most modern bibles the red colored letters are the words spoken by Jesus Thus the “Red Letter Revolution” is the revolution that would take place if people who call themselves Christians would first and foremost follow the teachings in the red letter sections of the bible The authors refer to these people as Red Letter Christians Fundamentally I would call myself someone who is attempting to be a Red Letter Christian and therefore embraced the reading of the book with great expectancy The book is divided into three main sections Red Letter Theology Red Letter Living and Red Letter World The first section was everything I could have hoped for and ; because I was deeply challenged in areas that I did not expect If I had stopped reading at this point I would have given the book 5 stars – I really thought it was amazing The second part of the book was less ideal The authors would reflect on the way they believed Red Letter Christians should live and for the most part I strongly agreed with them The problem was there was little or no connection between the red letters in the bible and many of the suggestions that were made I therefore found this section to have insufficient support No one with a contrary opinion would be swayed because little or no arguments were made to support their suggestions The chapters on Environmentalism Women Homosexuality Civil Disobedience and Giving were especially weak The final section of the book was also really good although by this time I no longer expected the authors to make any actual arguments Even then the book says things that need to be said and Christians need to listen I just hope those who read the book do not use the weak sections as an excuse not to listen to those sections that are strong

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