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Overview Argues that the basic tenets of historic Christianity, when properly understood and faithfully practiced, ought to create gracious Christians who can impact the world positively.
Publishers Description What does our culture think of when the word Christian is mentioned? Unfortunately, stereotypes and misconceptions abound, and those who follow Christ are sometimes considered mean-spirited, narrow-minded, and uncharitable. Douglas Jacobsen and Rodney Sawatsky provide a blueprint for recovering a vibrant faith as they demonstrate how believers can manifest the fruit of the Spirit to a watching world. This book not only serves as an introduction to or review of the basics of the Christian faith but also shows how true, Spirit-led Christianity is a force for peace, justice, and goodness in today's volatile and violent world.
From Publishers Weekly This gentle little book manages to summarize the entire scope of classic
Christian theology, from the nature of God to the end of time, in amazingly
few pages, basing every theological assertion on a single theme: the more we
understand that "gracious love defines the core of God's character,... the
more gracious our Christianity will become." Jacobsen, a professor at Messiah
College, and Sawatsky, president of the college until his death in 2004, not
only describe the basic tenets of the Christian faith but also draw out their
implications for everyday life: "We are called to nurture and protect the
world as if it were a precious possession entrusted to us by our dearest
friend with the stipulation that the earth's treasures be used for the
benefit of all." Even difficult doctrines like sin and hell become occasions
of graciousness. Sin, for example, "is anything that willfully diminishes the
life that we and the rest of creation are meant to enjoy." Basing their
theology on Scripture, the authors draw on influential apologists past and
present such as Augustine, Aquinas, Bonhoeffer, Nouwen and McLaren. This
gracious and accessible book, which includes abundant discussion questions for
group study, will appeal to a wide spectrum of Christians. (Feb.) Copyright
2005 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Gracious Christianity: Living the Love We Profess by Douglas Jacobsen & Rodney J. Sawatsky has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 11/14/2005 page 65
Booklist - 02/01/2006 page 7
Choice - 07/01/2006 page 2009
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801031397 ISBN13 9780801031397
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More About Douglas Jacobsen & Rodney J. Sawatsky
Douglas Jacobsen is Distinguished Professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania, and author of Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement (IUP, 2003).
Douglas Jacobsen has an academic affiliation as follows - Messiah College Messiah College, Grantham, USA Messiah College, Granth.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gracious Christianity: Living the Love We Profess?
A Thoughtful and Important Book Mar 29, 2007
The gospel, or good news, of Christianity is a gracious one - yet many believe otherwise. Jacobsen and Sawatsky offer a brief but comprehensive overview of Christian theology, while trying to persuade believers about the importance of relationship and community.
"Graciousness does not preclude debate," they write. "What graciousness requires is respect for the other person and a genuine willingness to listen to what the other person is saying." A thoughtful book for those who truly want to model Christian love.
An updated "Mere Christianity" Apr 14, 2006
At last, here is a book for those of us who love C. S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity" and wish Lewis was around to update his classic. My bet is that Lewis would write differently about some things now - especially his views about women - but his main points would stay the same. That's what this book is about - the main story of Christianity, unchanging through the ages and not political. While the book covers many of the same theological topics as Mere Christianity, it uses language and examples that make sense to contemporary readers. All thoughtful Christians would benefit from reading this book - my guess is that even teenagers would like it. Without dumbing things down, the authors simply and powerfully describe basic Christian doctrine on everything from creation to salvation to judgment day. There are questions for discussion scattered throughout the chapters (and more on the book's website), and I'm planning to give copies of the book to some friends so we can hash out what we think. There is so much good stuff here that some chapters should have been longer, but then again the book's strength is that it is short and is easy to read.
Excellent introduction to Christian beliefs Apr 12, 2006
Concise and clear, this book explains all the foundational beliefs of Christianity in a way that would be okay with my Catholic friends as well as my fellow Protestants. It is an amazingly balanced and helpful introduction to the basics of Christianity. As far as I can tell, there really is no hidden agenda. I've looked for a long time for a simple book that explains historic Christian beliefs, and this is undoubtedly the best I've found. I'm going to recommend it for the adult Sunday School class at my church, and I wish the high school class would use it too. So many of them know next to nothing about what their church stands for... Reading this book would provide a helpful education for any Christian!