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The subtitle alone will challenge your thinking: "What we can learn from Christians around the world." Many of us will not travel beyond our own countThe subtitle alone will challenge your thinking: "What we can learn from Christians around the world." Many of us will not travel beyond our own countries. And sadly, many of us will not experience the different cultural expressions of Christianity that exist in our own cities. Different cultures and expressions of Christianity can challenge us to pay attention to truths we overlook. They can inspire us to new ways of thinking. God is at work in the lives of all His people and so we have much to learn from Christians across the world. I highly recommend this book as an inspiring introduction to God's global story. It will serve as another step deeper into humility - we have much to learn and can learn much from all kinds of people - especially those beyond our borders. "If you want to see God as you have never seen Him before, a God who is as big as the whole world, this book is for you." "Russian Christians delight in the mystery of God, in the thought that we cannot know everything. We in the West, however, are usually quite the opposite: we expect to understand the mysteries and seek to rid Christianity and God of the unknown." p.29 "If Abraham were alive today, he would be considered an Iraqi because he comes from Haran, a place not far from modern-day Basra, near the Iraq-Kuwait border." p.43 "In the West we do not use the words 'perseverance,' 'endurance,' or 'persistence' often in our Christian vocabulary." p.46 "Central to Hispanic Christians' existence is the perspective that life is God's gift and that it is our duty to celebrate it with others." p.69 As Christians: "No matter how well we speak the local language, we will always have an accent that gives away our identity - the fact that we are from another place." p.135...more
The central belief of the Christian faith is that Jesus was raised from the dead. But what would you say if someone asked you why you believe such a cThe central belief of the Christian faith is that Jesus was raised from the dead. But what would you say if someone asked you why you believe such a crazy idea? This is a quick read that answers three questions: Was it a hoax? Was the tomb really empty? Was Jesus seen alive after his death? Using many different sources the author lays out a compelling case why Christians believe that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. "This account meets all the demands of historical reliability that could possibly be made of such a text."...more
Unnecessarily graphic (although the motivation is to be faithful to the true history of Viking culture) but I appreciated his attempt to create a fictUnnecessarily graphic (although the motivation is to be faithful to the true history of Viking culture) but I appreciated his attempt to create a fictional historical narrative around the Beowulf and Grendel legend. What if actual historical events inspired the legend? Michael Crichton does a great job with pacing and detail. This book is for mature audiences and I would not recommend it because of the graphic content....more
Every time I read this book I am reminded of how big God is and how little we know about the world. The content is a bit repetitive and could have beeEvery time I read this book I am reminded of how big God is and how little we know about the world. The content is a bit repetitive and could have been shortened overall but Don Richardson presents many challenging examples of how God has used culture, history, and religious desire to prepare people to hear to the good news of Jesus - even people living in the most remote parts of the world. The book is a humbling reminder that it is God alone who is in charge of salvation - but He chooses us and expects us to be the messengers of that good news....more
A simple, straightforward introduction to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A quick read but very inspiring. If you don't have time for the lengthy more academic bA simple, straightforward introduction to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A quick read but very inspiring. If you don't have time for the lengthy more academic biographies this one is great. You walk away with an understanding of who he was and what motivated him - and the book is not too preachy.
"The only fight that is lost is that which we give up."
"May God in his mercy lead us through these times; but above all, may he lead us to himself."
"Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. The Christian is called to sympathy and action, not in the first place by his own suffering, but by the sufferings of his brethren, for whose sake Christ suffered."
The more he preached the more he realized that people regard a pastor's personality and example as importantly as they do his or her words.
"Living every day as if it were our last, and yet living in faith and responsibility as though there were to be a great future."
"Tell him that for me this is the end, but also the beginning." A message for bishop Bell, these were the last words spoken to Payne Best, fellow prisoner, before Bonhoeffer was executed....more