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Erwin McManus wasn't raised in a Christian home, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn't know the rules of the "religious club." He didn't do well in Shakespeare courses, so he didn't really understand the KJV Bible he was given either. But he did understand that prayer was a conversation, and he learned to talk to God and wait for answers. Erwin's way was passionate and rough around the edges-a sincere, barbaric journey to Christ.
Barbaric Christians see Jesus differently than civilized Christians. They see disciples differently, and they see Christ's mission differently. The Barbarian Way is a call to escape "civilized" Christianity and become original, powerful, untamed Christians-just as Christ intended.
Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way?
Jesus never made a pristine call to a proper or safe religion. Jesus beckons His followers to a path that is far from the easy road. It is a path filled with adventure, uncertainty, and unlimited possibilities―the only path that can fulfill the deepest longings and desires of your heart.
This is the barbarian way: to give your heart to the only One who can make you fully alive. To love Him with simplicity and intensity. To unleash the untamed faith within. To be consumed by the presence of a passionate and compassionate God. To go where He sends you, no matter the cost.
Awards and Recognitions The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2006 Finalist - Nonfiction category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Christianity Today - 10/01/2005 page 94
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.28" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 10, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785264329 ISBN13 9780785264323
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More About Erwin Raphael McManus
Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of MOSAIC- a Los Angeles based community of faith recognized as one of America's most influential and innovative churches.
Erwin is the acclaimed author of The Artisan Soul, Chasing Daylight, Soul Cravings, and The Barbarian Way. His books have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Hollywood, California with his wife of 34 years Kim McManus.
Reviews - What do customers think about Barbarian Way?
A little meat, a lot of fluff Mar 15, 2007
McManus has a good idea but fails to really develop it. The book is a very fast read. One sitting.
UNLEASHED Mar 12, 2007
The amazing thing about this book is that it pulls thoughts and emotions out of you that you have always had. Erwin does a great job illustrating what it means for this day and age to live faithful like a warrior to our King.
Great Book Feb 16, 2007
I use a highlighter whenever I read a book like this. And I ended up highlighting almost every page. I also bought copies for several members of my family. Our pastor recomended this reading and it has given me new insight and growth in my Christian walk.
The Barbarian Way Of An Emergent SBC Pastor Feb 3, 2007
As we turn to Erwin McManus' book The Barbarian Way (TBW) we will soon see that such a mundane task as simply preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ most surely isn't big enough for the "founder of Awaken." For it is here that "futurist and distinguished professor" McManus partners "with a team of dreamers and innovators who specialize in the field of developing and unleashing personal and organizational creativity" (back flap). Why doesn't this almost appear to be a flashback to what could have been the autobiography of the Apostle Paul who told us:
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
Truly uncanny how much these megachurch pastors and Emergent futurists remind one of Christ's Apostles isn't it? TBW also tells us that McManus is "lead pastor" of Mosaic, which "emerges as a reference point for the future" and that he is also known as "a national and international consultant, his expertise focuses on culture, change, leadership, and creativity." Whew, one mighty impressive man this McManus is. Also author of four books I find myself wondering just where this cultural architect and futurist SBC pastor ever has time to preach the Gospel.
But this is just the point isn't it? Exactly where is the good news of Jesus Christ in all of this ballyhoo of the self? In TBW Erwin McManus himself then asks, "So what is this good news?" Our futurist informs us:
The refined and civilized version goes something like this: Jesus died and rose from the dead so that you can live a life of endless comfort, security, and indulgence (32).
Those with any knowledge of American Christianity will recognize the basic outline of the non-gospel of the cult of the Word Faith Church as taught by false teachers and prophets like Joel Osteen and Kenneth Copeland. Then McManus says, "But really this is a bit too developed." However, isn't that just a bit disingenuous of our distinguished lecturer here when part of his own "expertise focuses on culture, change, leadership, and creativity"? Isn't the above actually a bit like what we'd expect from McManus and his awakened "company of dreamers and innovators who specialize in the field of developing and unleashing personal and organizational creativity"?
I mean surely we wouldn't suppose this dynamic leader and "national and international consultant" is going to come in and teach us how we can suffer and fail. McManus then goes on in TBW to tell us about another version of the good news:
Usually it's more like this: if you'll simply confess you that you're a sinner and believe in Jesus you'll be saved from the torment of eternal hellfire, then go to heaven when you die (ibid).
One can almost hear "the freakishly tall" Todd Friel of Way of the Master say: "Well, yeah. If you actually do this sincerely this is exactly what will happen to you." And here consistent with other Emergent leaders McManus attacks the simplicity of Christ's Gospel as apparently not being exciting enough for him. Even if we give McManus the benefit of the doubt that he is actually mocking the "easy-believism" of the old "with heads bowed and every eye closed, just raise your hand" profession of faith we still have a problem because in typical fashion for McManus he goes over the top to forge his Emergent agenda:
Either case results in our domestication. One holds out for life to begin in eternity, and the other makes a mockery of life. The call of Jesus is far more barbaric than either of these. It is a call to live in this world as citizens of an entirely different kingdom. In its primitive state the good news could never be separated from the invitation of Jesus to "come, follow Me." He never lied about the danger or cost associated with becoming His follower (ibid.).
RePainted Emergent Liberation Theology And Its Reimagined Social Gospel
We stop now and look a few things. The way McManus talks here of "an entirely different kingdom" and "becoming His follower" is also consistent with the Emergent Church understanding of being "Christ followers" as they live in the "kingdom of God" here on earth. Remember the Devil's lies are very subtle and there is a truth to these statements but not in the way this new cult of liberal theology defines them with their repainted liberation theology and reimagined social gospel. But at this point I also want to draw your attention to a false dichotomy McManus sets up which is also typical of Emergent leaders when he says Christians are called "to live in this world as citizens of an entirely different kingdom."
Whoever said they weren't? The Bible very clearly tells us - Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul (1 Peter 2:11). So as you can see the truth is there's absolutely nothing in historic orthodox Christian theology recaptured during the Protestant Reformation which teaches that we aren't supposed "to live in this world as citizens of an entirely different kingdom." Nor is anyone saying "the good news could never be separated from the invitation of Jesus to `come, follow Me.' " If people don't truly get converted, and if they are not filled with the Spirit of God, and if they just sit there on their spiritual rears and do nothing, we don't need to then abandon proper doctrine.
No, what we need to do is to continue to preach the actual Gospel of Jesus Christ and let God the Holy Spirit convict them of their sin until they get converted or they get out of the Church (e.g.-Isaiah 6:8-10). But instead the Emergent Church has created their own man-centered-appeal to the flesh-social non-gospel because we want to sell more books and to lauded as cultural architects and futurists as we write twaddle like The Barbarian Way. Oh, and we also massively strive to become involved in "impressive" fanfare from the National Religious Broadcasters like Reach 2007 . At the website for NRB we are told that "REACH 2007 is a unique opportunity to connect with visionaries, futurists, media strategists, and producers who understand the next generation of media and recognize how it will change the world."
So here we are once again with our mighty "visionaries," and "futurists," men who are going to "change the world." O yeah for, "These are the people defining media in a postmodern culture ... the ones who are making Christian media relevant to today's generation." And not only that but we'll even have the honor of being able to:
Interact with renowned media revolutionaries:
Ralph Winter - legendary producer of Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, X-Men, and Fantastic Four Erwin McManus - visionary pastor of Mosaic, filmmaker, and best-selling author Leonard Sweet - futurist writer who leads the church in encountering the next generation of ministry
And if all this promotion of the self isn't enough Erwin McManus is also partnering up with Ken Blanchard in On Target Evangelism a few days after Reach 2007. But as you'll see, "This conference [that] will give you both the motivation and tools to develop `On Target' believers in your church," is simply more man-centered hogwash. If this was actually what Gospel is all about then the Church would be filled with nothing but dreamers, innovators, leaders, futurists etc., etc., ad infinitum ad nauseaum...
See it for what it is; just the same tired old message of positive mind-over-matter possibility thinking made popular in evangelical circles through Norman Vincent Peale. This Emergent non-gospel of the egotism of Erwin McManus is nothing more than rehashed Leadership Network Church Growth rhetoric; some reimagined Robert Schuller, and a little dose of Rick Warren and Leonard Sweet mixed in for bad measure.
As a matter of fact both Warren and Sweet give glowing endorsements for McManus' book An Unstoppable Force, as does Bill McCartney, Founder and President of Promise Keepers and Brad Smith, President of Leadership Network. This same Leadership Network which launched the Emergent Church in the first place. So much for Erwin Raphael Mcmanus not being Emergent. I've said it before: If it looks Emergent, and it does; if it acts like Emergent, and it does; and if it sounds like Emergent, and it does...then it's as Emergent as Tony Jones.
No; the truth is that Erwin McManus, who has now become the SBC's golden poster boy for "reaching" a younger audience, is actually a leading proponent of the Emergent love of man now slithering to the surface within the SBC and McManus' message is little more than Joel Osteen for the CEO-types on their petty "Christian" ego trips.
Great Idea/Strange Metaphor Jan 22, 2007
I really like Erwin and what he is trying to accomplish with this book. The principle is that we don't let the traditional structures of Christianity constrain our faith. The stories support this idea in a really great way.
The single problem is that the metaphor of the "barbarian" seems like a really strange choice. The terms barbarian has many historical impressions, but western culture (Erwin's audience) primarily sees the word for its violent, murderous background.
For this reason I kept trying to find the connection with what Erwin was trying to accomplish, while still finding the heart of the barbarian metaphor, and it unfortunately kept lingering for me. I kept wishing he had used a different metaphor (gladiator, etc). I don't know.
If you can get past this element, the content is exceptional.