ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today

ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today[PDF / Epub] ✓ ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today ★ Frank Viola – Heartforum.co.uk The church is tired of seeing Christians act ungraciously toward one another when they disagree Social media has added to the carnage Christians routinely block each other on Facebook because of doctr The church is tired of seeing the Shocking MOBI · Christians act ungraciously toward one another when they disagree Social media has ReGrace: What MOBI :Ä added to the carnage Christians routinely block each other on Facebook because of doctrinal disagreements The world watches the What the Shocking PDF Å blood letting, and the Christian witness is tarnished But what if every Christian discovered that their favorite teacher in church history had blind spots and held to some false and even shocking views Bestselling author Frank Viola argues that this simple awareness will soften Christians when they interact with each other in the face of theological disagreements In ReGrace, he uncovers some of the shocking beliefs held by faith giants like CS Lewis, Luther, Calvin, Moody, Spurgeon, Wesley, Graham, and Augustine not to downgrade or dismiss them, but to show that even the greats in church history didn t get everything right Knowing that the heroes of our faith sometimes got it wrong will empower us to treat our fellow Christians with grace rather than disdain whenever we disagree over theology.

Viola doesn t use GoodReads If the Shocking MOBI · you wish to contact him, you can write to him directly with ReGrace: What MOBI :Ä a question or comment at frank frankviola Frankie V Frank Viola trains people in the craft of writing through What the Shocking PDF Å his annual SCRIBE training has written some books in the past on the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ and against the harsh, cruel, toxic, unforgiving, mean spirited and unloving attitude that Jesus enemies had toward Him and His people the scribes and the Pharisees Unfortunately, as many biblical scholars have pointed out, there are many people who carry the spirit of the self righteous, Pharisee today who consider themselves to be good people and Christians even, who condemn others while excusing their own sins Something that God Himself hatesJesus said that all of God s Law is summed up in these words Treat other people the way you want them to treat you Matthew Those who live this way, especially toward people who have offended them, are the true followers of Christ.

ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians
    ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians church history had blind spots and held to some false and even shocking views Bestselling author Frank Viola argues that this simple awareness will soften Christians when they interact with each other in the face of theological disagreements In ReGrace, he uncovers some of the shocking beliefs held by faith giants like CS Lewis, Luther, Calvin, Moody, Spurgeon, Wesley, Graham, and Augustine not to downgrade or dismiss them, but to show that even the greats in church history didn t get everything right Knowing that the heroes of our faith sometimes got it wrong will empower us to treat our fellow Christians with grace rather than disdain whenever we disagree over theology."/>
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today
  • Frank Viola
  • 11 January 2019
  • 080107715X

10 thoughts on “ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today

  1. Frank Peters says:

    This is a good and useful book to be read by anyone, myself included While I don t particularly like the authors blog style of writing, it was done on purpose perhaps to reach a larger selection of people For this reason, I can be supportive The book is in two sections The first section is a list of famous Christians and some of their beliefs that would not necessarily be embraced by most Christians today The second section was a series of short articles to encourage Christians to actually This is a good and useful book to be read by anyone, myself included While I don t particularly like the authors blog style of writing, it was done on purpose perhaps to reach a larger selection of people For this reason, I can be supportive The book is in two sections The first section is a list of famous Christians and some of their beliefs that would not necessarily be embraced by most Christians today The second section was a series of short articles to encourage Christians to actually pay attention to what Jesus taught and said especially those many statements about loving each other This part of the book is largely a repeat of what this author writes elsewhere, but I would agree with him that it needs to be repeated, again and again I know that I repeat these same things when I speak This is the type of book that I do wish every Christian would read If they did, the world may well be in a better place

  2. Marc Schelske says:

    Think the most important thing about Christians is that we all agree theologically Think again.In this quick and accessible book, Viola gives us something noteworthy and needed a moment to pause and consider that we might be wrong, and what that means for how we treat other people, based on their beliefs.As long as there have been Christian writers expressing theological ideas, there have been theological disagreements and controversies In certain places and times these disagreements have resu Think the most important thing about Christians is that we all agree theologically Think again.In this quick and accessible book, Viola gives us something noteworthy and needed a moment to pause and consider that we might be wrong, and what that means for how we treat other people, based on their beliefs.As long as there have been Christian writers expressing theological ideas, there have been theological disagreements and controversies In certain places and times these disagreements have resulted in violence It s easy to think that we today are far too civilized for all of that Think again The internet has opened the door for noisy theological factions to engage in all new kinds of condemnation, censure and character assassination The attacks and e Excommunications roll down in crushing waves with the sole effect of demonstrating to the watching world that Christians are mostly concerned with being right, and are incapable of treating each other let alone outsiders with grace and kindness.The main portion of the book is a survey of a number of significant heroes of the faith, people who were influential in their time, and who have left an indelible mark on Christianity Many of these people are patron saints of a one particular theological group or other For each one, Viola recounts a number of beliefs these luminaries held that would be considered peculiar, perhaps unorthodox, or even shocking Many, if not most Christians today are unfortunately very poorly educated on theological history, and assume with the help of their local church pastors that the theology taught in their local congregation is note for note the same as held by the apostles in 1st century Palestine So, it will come as a surprise for many to learn that these theologians every one considered an orthodox defenders of the faith held beliefs that might get them kicked out of their local church.Why take the time to point out that these great influencers held to beliefs that are unorthodox In order to make this important point If we are capable of honoring and listening to the theological contribution of these leaders whose beliefs had blind spots, inaccuracies, or perhaps were just plain wrong, then maybe we can relate respectfully to others we disagree with.The small remainder of the book includes several short chapters addressing related topics like how we speak to one another, the nature of heresy, the true purpose of the creed, and how church unity is not primarily built on doctrinal uniformity.In an age where anyone can leave an excoriating public comment on Facebook or as a review, or can write a vicious condemnatory blog post, we need Viola s reminder Read this little book to learn something new about a handful of the most influential Christian thinkers in history, but also andimportantly to catch a vision of a different kind of church unity What unifies us is not perfect doctrinal agreement Our calling is not forcing others to agree with us The standard we are ultimately measured by is not our perfect agreement with the creed It was Jesus himself who said that the particular quality that we would be known by was our love And how else is love seen, if not in the charitable way we treat people especially people we disagree with

  3. Jonathan Puddle says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Frank s latest work Elements of biography and history combine without having to do a biographical deep dive with grace and wit to produce a work that calls each of us to calm down and focus on the main things Highly recommended.

  4. David says:

    I appreciated Frank Viola s compilation of Christian leaders that might shock some of their followers.His purpose was to point out some main Christian voices that have influenced Christianity for centuries, yet have some off the path beliefs or views Lewis, Wesley, Graham, Calvin, Luther, Moody, etc.The interesting thing is that many Christians who often view some of these voices as influential in their own belief while calling others heretics would be shocked and hopefully humbled by the views I appreciated Frank Viola s compilation of Christian leaders that might shock some of their followers.His purpose was to point out some main Christian voices that have influenced Christianity for centuries, yet have some off the path beliefs or views Lewis, Wesley, Graham, Calvin, Luther, Moody, etc.The interesting thing is that many Christians who often view some of these voices as influential in their own belief while calling others heretics would be shocked and hopefully humbled by the views of some of their Christian mentors That was Viola s point REGRACE the idea of using grace on them and others and ourselves.The book was a compilation of several blog posts The second half includes short chapters on how to treat other Christians, how to avoid unnecessary conflict, the core of Christian orthodoxy and one of the better chapters a balanced understanding of heretic from the New Testament.I d encourage any serious minded Christian to read or least skim this book, especially if they want to 1 grow in humility of their own convictions, 2 get a glimpse small of historic Christianity, and 3 grow in their posture towards other Christians Leaders in their church or the larger church who have different views.Quicker read, easy to get through.Grateful for the opportunity to review this book from GrafMartin Communications

  5. Dan White says:

    Frank exposes the toxic behavior that Christians are caught up in today We are verbally violent to each other when someone believes differently ReGrace exposes us to the peculiar beliefs of our Church heroes and shows us the diversity of their doctrinal opinions It s fascinating There have always been theological disagreements and controversies but our current vitriol is nuclear Frank uses this history to guide us into a posture of grace and love rather than hate and hostility We need thi Frank exposes the toxic behavior that Christians are caught up in today We are verbally violent to each other when someone believes differently ReGrace exposes us to the peculiar beliefs of our Church heroes and shows us the diversity of their doctrinal opinions It s fascinating There have always been theological disagreements and controversies but our current vitriol is nuclear Frank uses this history to guide us into a posture of grace and love rather than hate and hostility We need this book right now It s is written with accessibility, so that those without seminary degrees would enjoy ReGrace is a wake up call

  6. Richard says:

    An absolutely great read 4for committed ChristiansWith a knife sharpened by the Spirit of CHRIST, Frank Viola cuts through so much of the distasteful discourse that takes place in Christian circles today I cannot find fault with any of his observations or conclusions and I m going to do my best to thinkobjectively before ever criticizing others I am also going to pass along hearty recommendations for this book to many of my Christian brothers Thank you, Frank, for a much needed book in An absolutely great read 4for committed ChristiansWith a knife sharpened by the Spirit of CHRIST, Frank Viola cuts through so much of the distasteful discourse that takes place in Christian circles today I cannot find fault with any of his observations or conclusions and I m going to do my best to thinkobjectively before ever criticizing others I am also going to pass along hearty recommendations for this book to many of my Christian brothers Thank you, Frank, for a much needed book in today s world

  7. Josh Andrew Brown says:

    Such a timely book in an age where it s easy to take sound bites and excerpts from preachers and label them false, wolf, heretical, etc If you consider yourself a defender of the faith If orthodoxy and correct doctrine is critical to you, this is a very important book for you to read To think critically is critical It s evencritical that we guard our heart from having a critical spirit.

  8. Tim McNamara says:

    Shocking beliefs, yep almost as bad as your own The real kicker here is what do we do with the disjointed affair we all are having within Christendom tearing each other apart over far lesser indulgences How many heretics do you know Or do you really know what it means to be a heretic You may be surprised at who qualifies, and don t rule your self out.

  9. Paul says:

    Just OkayThere were no real surprises Perhaps some of what is here is shocking to extreme right fundamentalists, but probably not very shocking to even middle of the road evangelicals There is a lot of repetition His intent is noble in trying to help us appreciate one another across our differences

  10. Lynnwood Yates says:

    SuperbIt is always so refreshing to read something so clear and on point I am reminded of my own biases and unkindness that has resulted I hope my journey in Christ leaveslove and encouragement along the way This book has been humbling and enlightening Chapter 15 is a must if nothing else, it s all good.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *