by Erwin Raphael McManus
Erwin McManus’ short book called The Barbarian Way is a fantastic book challenging believers to quit playing it safe and to embrace a life of adventure, faith, and risk in Christ.
There are so many quotable paragraphs and thoughts in the book that I’m just going to have to encourage you to read it for yourself.
However, try this on for size:
Somewhere along the way the movement of Jesus Christ became civilized as Christianity. We created a religion using the name of Jesus Christ and convinced ourselves that God’s optimal desire for our lives was to insulate us in a spiritual bubble where we risk nothing, sacrifice nothing, lose nothing, worry about nothing. Yet Jesus’ death wasn’t to free us from dying, but to free us from the fear of death. Jesus came to liberate us so that we could die up front and then live. Jesus Christ wants to take us places where only dead men and women can go.
Throughout the book, McManus compares “civilized” Christianity to the “barbarian” way of Christ. He speaks of the Messiah in a way that compels you to discover more. This is no smiling, VBS-poster-boy Jesus. The Jesus he reminds us of is the Jesus of the New Testament, the Jesus prophesied of old. It is the Jesus that carries His own cross and that bears all our sins. It is the Jesus that urges us to trust what we cannot see and to abandon ourselves to a love we cannot fathom.
All in all, if you’ve got a couple of evenings, this book is well worth the investment.
A favorite line of mine to conclude with…
I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee… This explains so much of what’s going on in churches – a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage.
On this day...
- 'Nuff Said: Improving Your "Do," Things to pray for your kids, 20 things you shouldn't do if you're over 20, 30 things you may already be doing that impress others, when a cult repents, too much phone? and Star Trek - 2014
- Surprises about the unchurched - 2013
- Feeling sick, Mike? - 2011
- Free from absorption - 2008