Erwin McManus wasn't raised in a Christian home, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn't know the rules of the "religious club." He didn't do well in Shakespeare courses, so he didn't really understand the KJV Bible he was given either. But he did understand that prayer was a conversation, and he learned to talk to God and wait for answers. Erwin's way was passionate and rough around the edges-a sincere, barbaric journey to Christ.
Barbaric Christians see Jesus differently than civilized Christians. They see disciples differently, and they see Christ's mission differently. The Barbarian Way is a call to escape "civilized" Christianity and become original, powerful, untamed Christians-just as Christ intended.
"The religious authorities thought that they were insulting Jesus by calling him a 'friend of tax collectors and sinners' (Mt 11:19). Jesus retorted by claiming that his practice of friendship with such 'undesirables' would be vindicated. Writing to his somewhat difficult friends in Corinth, whom he loved as a father (1 Cor 4:15; 16:24; 2 Cor 2:4), Friendship at the Margins shares learning from following the path of Jesus and Paul of befriending people at the margins of 'respectable' society today. This is no ivory tower theology but theology worked out in the bittersweet experience of becoming friends with those we respectable people call the 'poor.' There is much here to inspire those of us who think of mission in terms of both telling and serving. In fact I would go further and say that this book is about the essence of Christian mission."
Author Tom Julien writes, "If the Antioch church was supposed to be an example, modern missions somehow had lost the blueprint." Julien weaves a compelling story of a missionary who rediscovered that blueprint in Acts 13 and purposed to coax his home church back to Antioch's example.
John and his missionary colleagues wrestle with God's intention for the Church. They consider the role and relationship of missionaries, churches, and mission agencies. The story draws the reader into the exhilaration of their discoveries.
Churches have abdicated their responsibility and have settled to maintain existence instead of being involved directly in the mission task. Julien's character, John, declares, "We need to get out of the maintenance mode and into the mission mode."
Is God still in the business of miracles? Does He still multiply food, send financial resources where there were none, heal the sick, even raise the dead? Always Enough shows that all of these things, and more, happen today as they did in biblical times. Even the most desperate poverty, the most devastating illness and the most heart-wrenching grief are not beyond His help. As you follow the adventures of missionaries Rolland and Heidi Baker in Mozambique-ravaged by civil war and famine to become one of the poorest places on earth-you'll be awed by God's limitless power and tender provision. The account of how He has enabled the Bakers to help many hundreds of Mozambique's throwaway children and start an astounding five thousand churches will warm your heart and move you to tears. The simple practice of "ministering to the one" and choosing to trust God daily unleashes great power to change any situation. So come along on the journey! Witness what God is doing in one of the poorest nations on earth, then invite Him to work His miracles in your own life.
Dr. Westhoff has a passion to answer the question Jesus gave her, “Why do my people call themselves sinners?” In the Bible, a sinner is referred to as the unrighteous, the unsaved. The righteous, the saved, are referred to as saints, the righteous of God, holy, servants of the Most High God, priests, kings, God’s children and the bride of Christ. Believers move into the Kingdom of God when they receive eternal life (the presence of God within their spirit) and move out from under the curse of the Garden of Eden where the stain of sin and spiritual death was placed upon mankind. In Romans 3:21-31, The issue in the New Testament is not sin (giving Satan credit), but righteousness (testifying to God’s greatness through redemption). Paul teaches us in the Book of Romans how to glorify God in all things and to live a victorious life overcoming the presence of Satan, sin and sickness in the world. When Satan knocks, we call upon the name of Jesus and look to Jesus to answer the door.