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Asking why Christianity is unattractive to so many people, this book contrasts a revolutionary Jesus who changed the world with a marginalized church that is being ignored by our culture. And it explores how churches can do a better job of representing Jesus to the world.
Has ''the church'' become a barrier to faith? Is what our culture knows as ''the church'' a near approximation of Christ's presence in the world? Or does ''the church'' give a distorted view of Jesus as businessman, showman, huckster, or fraud?
Without abandoning love for the church or forgetting the biblical mandate for its presence in the world, Rubel Shelly explores a model for thinking of church in terms that are more personal than institutional.
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Rubel Shelly serves as president of Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI. He is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Proposal (Leafwood, 2003), The Jesus Community (Leafwood, 2005), and The Names of Jesus (Howard Books, 1999). He ministered for twenty-seven years with the Woodmont Hills Family of God in Nashville, TN. During that time, he has also taught at Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Myra, have three grown children who have given them nine wonderful grandchildren to love and spoil.Review:
Looking through our political and denominational lenses, it can get pretty hard to see the real Jesus these days. In I Knew Jesus before He Was a Christian . . . And I Liked Him Better Then, Rubel Shelly cuts through our biases and shines a light on the real Jesus, the saving Christ whose message of compassion and service changed the world. --Dave Ramsey, host of ''The Dave Ramsey Show'' and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover
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