Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?
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For all the Christians facing conflict between Jesus’ words and their own lives, for all the non-Christians who feel they rarely see Jesus’ commands reflected in the choices of his followers, Red Letter Revolution is a blueprint for a new kind of Christianity, one consciously centered on the words of Jesus, the Bible’s “red letters.”
Framed as a captivating dialogue between Shane Claiborne, a progressive young evangelical, and Tony Campolo, a seasoned pastor and professor of sociology, Red Letter Revolution is a life-altering manifesto for skeptics and Christians alike. It is a call to a lifestyle that considers first and foremost Jesus’ explicit, liberating message of sacrificial love.
Shane and Tony candidly bring the words of Jesus to bear on contemporary issues of violence, community, Islam, hell, sexuality, civil disobedience, and twenty other critical topics for people of faith and conscience today. The resulting conversations reveal the striking truth that Christians guided unequivocally by the words of Jesus will frequently reach conclusions utterly contrary to those of mainstream evangelical Christianity.
If the Jesus who speaks to you through the Gospels is at odds with the Christian culture you know, if you have ever wanted to stand up and say, “I love Jesus, but that’s not me,” Red Letter Revolution will prove that you are not alone—you may have been a Red Letter Christian all along.
“This book, by a young and an elderly Christian, will help you decide how we Christians could change the world if we took the ‘red letter’ words of Jesus literally and seriously.” —President Jimmy Carter
“In Red Letter Revolution the uncompromised truth of Jesus' teachings are given voice by two modern-day Christian leaders who do more than preach this Good News. They walk the talk and lead the way.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“I started reading this book and couldn't stop. . . . Thank you, Tony and Shane. Thank you for this book. May the movement spread around the world.” —Abuna Elias Chacour,?Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Galilee
“Red Letter Revolution is an adrenaline-producing conversation with prophetic bite.” —Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message Bible
“I cannot over-emphasize or exaggerate the richness of this book.” —Phyllis Tickle, author of Emergence Christianity
“In this courageous and well crafted book, we have a return to the core message of the Gospel from two Christians who first tried to live it themselves—and only then spoke." —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation
“Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo are two of the most significant prophetic voices in the Christian world.” —Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine (tikkun.org)
“This is a must-read book for anyone who is seeking to take Jesus’ call on their lives seriously.” —Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine
“If you ever wished you could eavesdrop on a conversation with two of the world's most interesting and inspiring Christians, just turn to page one.” —Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker (brianmclaren.net)
the same for Christians. Even though that was in Iraq, we have similar challenges in the United States where our country is increasingly hostile to Muslims. I see hope, though. In fact, one of the first people to invite me to speak about my trip to Iraq was a Muslim, Eboo Patel. I have also had Muslims tell me that they are doing a study of my book in their mosque. What a compliment! I really don’t know why we are scared of dialogue and friendship, since it doesn’t mean we have to be any less
issue. I heard a lot of theology growing up that was about how this world is not our home, so how we live in it doesn’t really matter. I’ve come to see the terrible repercussions of that theology. I love some of the old songs like “I’ll Fly Away,” but there is a danger if our sense that “this world is not my home” affects how we respect the earth and how we leave it for our kids. When we disregard the creation, it must sadden the Creator who made it all and happily pronounced it “good” (Genesis
kids in my neighborhood is about sixteen years old, African-American, and almost seven feet tall. Everywhere he goes, people ask, “Do you play ball?” The fact is, he’s okay at basketball; he’s not crazy about it. But he’s an incredible poet. So I told him next time somebody asks him if he plays football or basketball he should say, “No, I’m a poet. No time for sports.” TONY: Some time ago, we had a student worker in our office who was big and tall and could play basketball, but he didn’t like
impossible to know how many cases like this exist, in part because people are made to feel and act less than human because they are treated that way. As Red Letter Christians, we need to ask who the human faces are. Issues like immigration and slavery are not about ideologies; they are about human beings made in the image of God. And sadly, we often have no idea who all the invisible faces are. 16 Dialogue on Civil Disobedience Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my
community. We have ways of taking care of medical bills when they come up. We have ways of taking care of someone’s house if it catches on fire. For the early church, it wasn’t that they were being sent out with no extra food, no extra clothes, just to suffer on the streets; they were learning about this new kind of community. When they went into a town, people were going to welcome them into their homes. The early Christians discovered that even if they did not own houses, they had homes