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Jesus in the Margins: Finding God in the Places We Ignore [Paperback]

By Rick McKinley (Author)
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McKinley presents the ultimate model for finding identity, acceptance, and legitimacy from the Father.

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Good News Unpacked
Jesus is our ultimate model for finding identity, acceptance, and legitimacy from the Father. As we pull back the curtain on His life, we discover that Jesus knows what it's like to be marginalized. He understands how it feels to have society shove you to the side, to not really be accepted, and in the end to be totally rejected. He can identify with life in the margins because when God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, He landed in the margins. On purpose. And He chose to land there because it's in the margins that broken lives get mended, prisoners are set free, and the poor hear the Good News.
Reimagine Your Life
Welcome to the crowded margins of life. It's a place where normal people don't feel normal. Where the daily grind drowns out the soft cry within that says, "I do not have it together." Where just beneath the surface we long for meaning and--dare we hope?--wholeness.
Rick McKinley writes from experience: Only God can rescue a person from the margins. "Why?" Because when He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, in the margins is where he landed. On purpose. To find you.
Don't wait till you get yourself together. Meet Jesus in the margins just as you are, and reimagine your life through the lens of His transforming love.
Story Behind the Book
This book was birthed out of Rick's ministry at Imago Dei Community Church. Rick's heart is to communicate God's Word in an understandable way to those who are outside the reach of traditional churches. He often calls this "unpacking the gospel"--a gospel he sees as the predominant theme in all of Scripture. Rick says the kind of people he ministers to "are not afraid of the language of theology, but the theological ideas need to be brought down from the mountain."

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  • Christian Retailing - 01/24/2005 page 36

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Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 20, 2005
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1590523873  
ISBN13  9781590523872  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rick McKinley (DMin, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Imago Dei Community. He is the author of four books, serves on faculty at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and is a nationally known speaker at conferences including Q, Catalyst, and The Justice Conference. In 2012, Portland Monthly magazine voted him one of Portland's 50 Most Influential People. Rick lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and four children.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Jesus in the Margins: Finding God in the Places We Ignore?

Interesting  Nov 5, 2008
I read Rick McKinley's other book titled This Beautiful Mess which left me a little dissapointed. When I read this book I was quite pleased and didn't want to put it down. This is an excellent read I believe and could also be used to encourage or self help others especially for the average Joe. Loved it.
Eloquent words for the disillusioned about christianity  Aug 29, 2008
Rick does a nice job of tying in this theme of "the margins" throughout this book. I think there are ALOT of people in the church and out of the church who can relate to this, and here in Portland Rick is really what this town needs.

Most of this book is not new for a person who has been a Christ follower and has traversed some of this path. But there are still some gems of observation in there that are really valuable and a relief to hear them spoken out.

For example, he talks about people whose fathers were pretty emotionally or physically absent, and how this stands in the way of conceiving that there would be a God that would care on a personal level.

But he doesn't take the personal thing so far without acknowledging limitations to America's "individual centered" church...where each person in the family goes for their own ministry to "get what they need". Like the youth group that never joins "real church" where the grownups are.

I appreciated his gentle naming of the churches hypocrisies. People who read the bible daily and do all the right things to be a Christian, but somehow their heart still doesn't have it down. Or the people who proclaim Christ, but they "aren't going to stop sleeping with their girlfriend". And then wonder why we kinda get stuck in a place with no spiritual growth.

I appreciated his honesty about how it can be difficult to know what to do after becoming a Christian, and how we can pass through different phases of understanding our own faith.

It is a good book for the newer Christ follower, or a person on the fence about it. It shows a much easier to deal Christianity than the Swaggart and Robertson/700 Club variety, which effectively keeps away most post modern generation from seriously looking at Christianity.
If you never felt good enough, Read this  Feb 18, 2008
This book started off slow for me. At first it seemed like this book was just testimonies and stories with little tieback to how things are. Rick though has compiled great stories that illustrate many of the questions we have about God. Stuff like I God loves me then why do bad things happen and God doesn't like me if he doesn't answer my prayers. For all those who have pondered whether or not they are good enough should read this book. Rick calls this "margins". This book builds as he makes the case how Jesus calls us from our questioning and living in the "margins".

For those hurting, questioning, and seeking, read this book. You may find yourself in the margins with the likes of Rick and me. How Jesus pulls us from our doubt to true relationship with Him.
Fans of Don Miller may like to branch out to Rick McKinley  Oct 16, 2006
I am a non-Christian, and this book has a lot to offer for anyone thinking about becoming a Christian or wanting to learn more about the religion, but who are turned off by traditional churches or Christians.

McKinley gives personal accounts from members of his church and talks about how Jesus's words and actions were often very different from those of mainstream American Christans. Jesus hung out with the losers, the outcasts, the people that many sheltered American Christians would not look in the eye as they passed them on the street.

Rick shows us specific ways of inviting God into our lives and allowing God to help us through any difficulties in our lives. He also talks about how we can help others and how people following Jesus might behave - in a radically welcoming, giving, loving way.

This is a healing book for those of us who have felt anger at the mainstream church but feel that the Christian religion might have something to offer. I am not a Christian but this book helped heal a lot of my sore feelings towards the religion.
Jesus reaches out to us no matter where we are  Sep 29, 2006
Jesus in the Margins by Rick McKinley is a good read about how Jesus reaches out to the outcasts of society. McKinley writes with genuine sympathy and emotion. He points out the truth that we each in our own way are all hurting and feeling like outcasts. Too many people are just going through the motions and pretending that everything is ok, because they are too afraid, even within their own church, to reveal their pain. He makes some terrific points, but I guess this wasn't the right book for me at this point in my life. I didn't feel that he made any points that haven't already been made elsewhere.

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