It makes him more accessible, more approachable, more like…us. It spares us from doing anything to advocate for the poor. It has insisted upon a level of respect it has not earned, and it has been woefully silent in critical junctures of American history. And Jesus was way more of a revolutionary than the palatable Jesus presented here. One night when her uncle was in particular need, Sarah came to his home to watch over him, get him into bed and care for him.
But he was growing disillusioned with the faith, at least inside the shell of organized religion. But Philip doesn't like this idea. The Right Question - A Nebulous Answer Gulley asks the right question. I agree that the basic question for Christians is whether the church is reflecting the priorities of Jesus and I agree that people have done many terrible things in the name of the church while claiming to be followers of Jesus. Inclusion and welcoming and unconditional acceptance are much, much better. Transcript: I think a lot of Americans are disillusioned with religion because religion has been often, especially fundamental religion, a poor advertisement for the reality of God. Every time we love our neighbor without conditions, every time we stand up to injustices whether they affect us directly or not, every time we treat the earth with a gentleness that strives to return it to the hands of the Holy One who created it in the first place so that all of us who breathe its air, drink its water, and are filled by its produce would live without threat of disease or hunger, we remember Christ.
Unfortunately, I think that he threw the baby out with the bath water. If the church were Christian, reconciliation would be valued over judgment. I have watched since I was a boy how the church took custom and practice and somehow tried to make it sacred and holy. Therefore, I'm assuming sales were low. The author has some significantly different beliefs than my own, yet I came away with a boatload of ideas for improving my spiritual life.
Or we doing what we want to do because we want to feel better about us? She spoke to a room full of preachers from the African-American experience in eschatology, and how those constructs about the afterlife were used to keep oppressive systems in place in this life. So when I saw this laying on that table, I had to have it. I think if the church were Christian, it would listen deeply to the poor and to the marginalized who were the friends of Jesus. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. It's a wonderful reminder of the core values Christianity was based upon, stressing the importance of love, service to others, forgiveness, acceptance, and peace.
Compassion flowed out of Jesus but so did fairness. If the Church were really Christian, Jesus would be a model for living rather than an object of worship. Grandaddy died about 20 years ago. In If the Church Were Christian, Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley explores how the church has lost its way. Such a good reminder to go back to the primary source, the words and actions of Jesus himself, as we practice Christianity. Flunder is Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. It is true that if Jesus is not divine, then worshiping him would be a foolish thing.
The implication is that if we let go of those beliefs, we will be rid of our wrong and hurtful ways of doing things. Think of any description of Jesus and what behaviors he seemed to illustrate in his life and parables and the book compares those to what he sees and experiences in the Christian Church today. While the areas I disagree with him on are related to theology and specific biblical ideas, I have to give him credit for being so bold as to question things and present alternative view points. What do I do with this tension in my heart as I make my way through this time between the already and the not yet? He expresses the frustration that many long time Christians and younger Christians have expressed recently: that the Church is more caught up in its own bureaucracy and perpetuating mediocrity than it is in encouraging members to live meaningful lives, dedicated to the values of Christ. If the church were Christian, gracious behavior would be more important than right belief. This is no surprise since people like Borg, Claiborne and Diana Butler Bass approved of this heretical nonsense.
You really are too stupid and spiritually blind to get that aren't you - and worse, all the people who approve of your published crap. But Phil must have a magic Bible that blacks out any reference to things that aren't in favor of his liberal humanism. It has insisted upon a level of respect it has not earned, and it has been woefully silent in critical junctures of American history. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country. He has been a Quaker minister for over 20 years.
I live in Danville, Indiana which is about 20 miles west of Indianapolis. He doesn't believe in anything that doesn't make sense to modern beliefs. Rather, I would work to expand my understanding of God, deepen my commitment to grace, and uplift the human condition. It really makes me sad and my heart aches. I think some of the ideas in this book are those a lot of people need to hear, but this book felt like a drawn-out way to get them across. He treated women and children as equals with men.
Do we think that the maker of heaven and earth is solely concerned with our place being secured in the afterlife and not at all concerned about the lot we share in this life? Gulley is good at using simple, story-like examples to make his point, but it is his points that will This is one provocative little book. As a life-long Christian, it is good to see that there are devout, modern Christians who feel the same way. I'm not sure that this is the best approach to reach people who don't already agree with what he's saying, and you can see that in some of the scathing reviews on Amazon which focus mostly on his personal religious beliefs and the reader's opinion of them. Scripture promises an exuberant and unstoppable church. What if the church began to understand itself as a seedbed of inquiry, as a place where persons could gather to consider what it means to be human? If the church were Christian, gracious behavior would be more important than right belief. When a story about Jesus contradicts Gulley's argument it is explained away as an addition or a misunderstanding. Someone has to challenge the church of the 21st century to ask the question are we doing what Jesus would have us to do? This is a seriously different format and content.