Item description for Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom by Mark D. Baker...
Too many Christians are "religious" - their faith is more a human endeavor than a response to God's loving initiative. Such religion assumes that our value comes not from God but from what we do. It absorbs principles and postulates from the surrounding society, leading to further misconceptions about God and our relation to our Creator. All this hinders people from experiencing vibrant Christian community, where they could freely love and be loved.
Mark Baker suggests that just as car companies test automobiles under severe conditions to uncover weaknesses, North American Christians may detect fallacies in their "gospel" by examining how it plays out under the challenges of poverty, injustice, and entrenched religiosity. Baker's test case is drawn from his ten-year missionary experience in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at churches born out of North American mission work.
Baker observes Honduran church life, draws parallels to the dangers of religion in the North American church and mines from Galatians exciting possibilities of robust Christian grace and freedom. The result is a bracing and refreshing approach to Christian community for laypersons, pastors, missionaries, and mission strategists.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2005
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1597521051 ISBN13 9781597521055
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark D. Baker
Mark D. Baker (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of mission and theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. In addition to coauthoring "Recovering the Scandal of the Cross, "he has written three other books.
Reviews - What do customers think about Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom?
A Solid Read Dec 10, 2004
This book reminds us that we often make following Jesus more difficult than it needs to be. Shed off the unecessary, and live life in freedom from humanistic obligations!
freedom, not independence Jun 30, 2003
This book reminds me on how individualistic many Christians are, and how we tend to add something to the grace of God. Using his ministry experiences in Honduras, Dr. Baker explained the necessity to see grace of God as a sufficient grace, and the importance of building a community of grace pretty well. Though I think Dr. Baker needed to write more about faith, not only as written in the epistle to Galatians, but I think his book deserves a five-star rating.