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Overview With honesty and humility, this book examines ten of Christ's difficult sayings and offers practical advice for following Christ. Blended into each chapter are personal anecdotes, a healthy quantity of biblical support, and reflections from historical figures.
Only when we have a healthy realization of our spiritual needs can we understand how surrender brings peace and freedom. With honesty and humility, Kuligin examines ten of Christ's difficult sayings and offers practical advice for following Christ. Blended into each chapter are personal anecdotes, a healthy quantity of biblical support, and reflections from historical figures.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 17, 2006
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581347758 ISBN13 9781581347753
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More About Victor Kuligin
Victor Kuligin (PhD, University of Stellenbosch) is professor and academic dean at Bible Institute of South Africa in the Cape Town suburbs, as well as an international lecturer and author. He and his wife, Rachel, have served with Africa Inland Mission and Pioneers for the past 20 years in Namibia and South Africa, and have five children.
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Crucify Yourself Oct 19, 2008
Victor Kuligin is a professor at a theological seminary in Namibia, Africa, where he has been serving for the past twelve years. Kuligin's crosscultural ministerial experience provides him with great insight into American culture, as he is one who can see the United States from the outside-in. Ten Things I Wish Jesus Never Said is Kuligin's first book and is a terrific contribution to Christians who wish to take seriously the tough sayings of Christ.
The Ten Things that Kuligin wishes Jesus never said are not surprising. Jesus' words about hating parents, being poor in spirit, cutting off your limbs, and refraining from judgment are some of the popular "hard sayings" that have been addressed in many other books, most notably F.F. Bruce's The Hard Sayings of Jesus. What makes Kuligin's work stand out is the way in which he applies these difficult teachings to modern day life. As a professor in Africa, Kuligin has firsthand experience with the rising popularity of prosperity preaching, and he denounces the movement for the false gospel it promotes.
But Kuligin does not stand back and smugly wag his finger at American culture. You will be hard-pressed to find an author give a more soul-searching, raw and honest self-appraisal. At one point, he even mentions his self-centered desire to see this book find success and bring large financial rewards and then increase his name recognition.
Kuligin's book could be summed up in two words: Crucify yourself. And while this is a hard message to swallow, it is an important aspect of Jesus' message that today's Church desperately needs to hear.
Incredible insight into the teaching of Jesus Sep 10, 2008
I was simply amazed by this book. The insight the author gives is incredible; I've already read the book twice and will read it a third time. It is a goldmine of insight into the teaching of Jesus. There are few books in the market that tell it like it is, that don't water down the teaching of Christ and try to make it more palatable for a tolerance-loving age. This book calls each believer to real faith and commitment, not the half-hearted, prosperity gospel so many Christians are adopting today. Best thing is, the author is geniune and real about his own struggles and personal shortcomings when it comes to following Jesus. He doesn't speak from an ivory tower, he doesn't pretend to be where he should be in terms of Christian discipleship. This book is a breath of fresh air, real solid teaching, after all the popcorn and cotton candy Christian books on the market. I highly recommend it.
This is a must read! Nov 11, 2007
This book should be on the must read for every believer who desires to obey Christ's command in Luke 14:25-33, not to mention several other related passages. In this day and age of instant gratification, self-help sermonetes, man centered Christianity, and shallow worship this book based upon solid exegectical principles engages the intellect, emotion, and will into real Christianity. Take time to devour these passages in personal devotions trusting God to further develop you spiritually. I have loved this book and am in the process of developing a discipleship study based upon these passages and principles. I given this book to family and friends hoping it will further develop their treasuring of our great God and savior the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is not a bad book as it is an incomplete one Oct 3, 2006
This is not a bad book as it is an incomplete one. Let me explain: all ten things Mr Kuligin writes about are true and well-expanded upon: this is a well-written and well-researched book. The flaw--and it is a serious one--is his belief that to live those ten characteristics is possible for us who follow Jesus, that all it takes is devotion and commitment and effort.
Here I am offering a quote by Gene Edwards, one that succinctly completes and fulfills the message of this and many other books on the Christian life; one that has been lamentably missing from the Good News. This IS the best of the best news. For more on this topic, I'd recommend Norman Grubb's writings.
"Can you live the Christian life? The answer is no, a resounding NO! You cannot live the Christian life... Jesus Christ could not live the Christian life. None of us can live the Christian life! If Jesus Christ cannot live the Christian life, what makes you think that you can? You can give up trying to live the Christian life! We can all testify what a colossal failure we have been at trying to live the Christian life. God the Father lives the Christian life. ''How does God the Father live the Christian life?'' He doesn't. He is the Christian life. He is the highest life. God the Father is the wellspring, the source, the first motion, and the fountainhead of the Christian life.
"The Father indwelt His Son here on this earth for thirty-three years. The Father lived the Christian life inside Jesus Christ. ... It is the Father's life, and the Father's life alone, that ever lives the Christian life. It is the Father's life, and Father's life alone, which will live the Christian life in you. Embrace a formula or a list in order to ''live the Christian life,'' and you are doomed to frustration.
"But on the day you quit trying to live the Christian life ...then you will finally give Him the freeway to live out in you what is so easy and so simple and so organic for Him to do. Hopefully, you just got set free from a long list of do's and don'ts (the ''do's'' you can't do, and the ''don'ts'' you always do). Why look so shocked; stop and think about it. You never were any good at living the Christian life. Admit it."
The unpleasant gospel Jul 22, 2006
The book, "Ten things I wish Jesus never said," by Victor Kuligin is in part a call to holy living and in part a commentary on our current state of affairs, which is filled with materialism and self gratification. Victor uses personal anecdotes, Scripture and history to make a case is made for benefits of self-denial, sacrifice, forgiveness, holy living and long-term thinking. The personal anecdotes provide insights into the authors' mind as he experiences triumphs and tragedies. While he wrestles with thoughts, he allows the reader to observe the inner conflict and resolution. His heavy reliance on Scripture is indicative of the belief that it is the basis of all truth, through which the mind of God is revealed. And Victor's historic references to Thomas A Kempis, Martin Luther, John Calvin, St Augustine add context to the arguments that are being made.
The book paints a picture of the Christian life that is contrary to today's religious and social belief. It takes exception to the notion of easy beliefism and prosperity doctrines. But the message is positive in that there is a reward for self-denial and holy living. However, that reward may not be realized in the near future.
This is recommended reading, especially for those interested in the difficult truths.