How can the life and teachings of Jesus impact the most critical global problems in our world today?
For the last twenty years, Brian McLaren has been unable to escape this life-shaping question. In Everything Must Change, he unveils a fresh and provocative vision of Jesus and his teachings, and how his message of hope can ignite purpose and passion to change the economic, environmental, military, political, and social crises that have overtaken our world.
The Good News is more than a ticket to heaven. It is an invitation to personal change and a radical challenge for global transformation. Imagine what would happen:
if we believed that God's will really could be done on earth and not just in heaven
if the world's leading nations spent less on weapons and more on making peace, alleviating poverty, and caring for creation
if a renewed understanding of Jesus and his message sparked a profound spiritual awakening in a global movement of faith, hope, and love
If you are hungry for a fresh vision of what it means to be a person of faith, Everything Must Change shows what would happen when Jesus' Good News collides with a world in need.
Brian D. McLaren
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is not a quick and easy read. At least it wasn’t for me. But this is potentially one of the most important books you may ever read. The is one of 4 or 5 books I would like to see in everyone’s library. More importantly, I’d like to see it in the hands of every “young” person between 18 and 30. I totally believe the future of the world as we know it depends on the issues addressed in this book.
“Everything Must Change” is written by a Christian, predominately to a Christian audience (although many fundamentalists doubt this target audience is “Christian” to begin with). But, the issues and principles here apply to every human on the face of the planet. And they effect every human and non-human on the face of the planet.
Some issues covered are:
* The Prosperity Crisis – Environmental breakdown caused by our unsustainable global economy. One that does not respect environmental...
I don't know if it is possible to understate the impact this book has had on my life. I read it during a time of great upheaval in my life, and this book was a part of that challenge. McLaren (whom I do not always see eye-to-eye with) asks questions that aren't safe to ask. He wonders what the Gospel should/could look in our day and age. How has our separation of church and state made the Gospel a silly fairytale "to get you into heaven?" McLaren is bold and unapologetic in this book.
Whether or not you agree with McLaren theologically, these are questions that churches and their partitioners need to be asking themselves: how do we effect the environment? How do we effect inequality? I would encourage anyone to read this book and I hope that we all can look beyond our theological differences to address the problems and questions that the world is experiencing and asking.
I've been programmed to be very suspicious of the "emerging church," because the "traditional church" already has everything figured out. But when I see devout Christians badmouthing their President, spewing racist speech against Muslims, cheering for war--and this includes many PASTORS...I have to wonder whether "we" could possibly have the mind of Christ.
It seems to me that McLaren is a whole lot closer than most of what comes out of traditional pulpits today: "be good, stay clean, give your tithes, see you in Heaven." Jesus' teachings were radical and far-reaching, and that's what McLaren is trying to tell us. What other than a radical, far-reaching Christianity could save this world???
I'm not saying I'm a convert to so-called emerging Christianity, but the teachings of this author and this book are SPOT ON.
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