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Roberts spends a great deal of time, in different places throughout the book, talking about the differences between "multifaith" and "interfaith". His goal in hosting these meetings is multifaith: people coming together who passionately believe in their own faith and want to know more about what their neighbors believe. Interfaith, he describes, is simply trying to melt all faiths into one. Roberts has found through these multifaith meetings, three questions are often asked. First, "Why do you believe in God?" Second, "Why do you believe in only one God?" Third, "Why are you a Christian?" He believes there must be solid answers from Christians to these questions if we are going to positively influence other religions. Roberts takes time to describe certain fears in the multifaith journey.Read more ›
When Dallas megachurch pastor Bob Roberts, Jr., met a Saudi prince who asked him what he had done to promote dialog, he felt overwhelmed. Dallas is the capital of Jesusland! Yet when he got home, he noticed mosques, synagogues, temples, and more, right on his doorstep. The supposed Bible Belt has as much religious diversity as any American region. So he took the logical step, reaching out to imams and rabbis for his city's first multifaith sit-down.
This book combines anecdotes of Roberts' personal discoveries, lessons he learned about his own and others' beliefs, and suggestions to build similar experiences across America. Roberts' suggestions are both timely and relevant. The Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) share a call to love our neighbors, a call shared by most faiths and philosophies. But it's hard to love one another when we don't know one another.
Like me, Roberts distrusts the sort of "interfaith" meetings that enjoyed hip cachet in the 1990s. Too often, these descended into huggy, syncretic pablum in which nobody stood for anything. No wonder interfaith outreach dwindled after 9/11. Roberts prefers the term "multifaith," which reflects his real goal: people who passionately believe their own faith, and passionately want to know their neighbors as real people.Read more ›
Bob's latest book, "Bold as Love" describes this pilgrimage into a life of radical, loving service in an interconnected world. Like his previous books, it is filled with examples of bridge-building love and faith-stretching stories - funny stories.
A local example: Bob meets a Pakistani Imam in Texas named Zia and decides to actually befriend him (and not just try to convert him). How do you make friends in Texas? You go hunting together. Here's Bob's invitation to the Imam: "Zia, I'm from East Texas; if you show up hunting in your Pakistani garb, and I give you a 12-gauge, and we go running through those woods yelling Allahu akbar, we're gonna die. I'll take you, but I want you in jeans, a T-shirt, and talking with a Texas accent" (p. 25).
A global example: Bob likes using hunting to build bridges. He describes one hunting expedition with Afghans like this: "I've run deer with dogs before on hunts. But I've got to tell you, it doesn't come close to comparing with camel chasing across the desert with a rocket launcher. That was one of the wildest things I've ever done my entire life. Yes, we really did it. No, I didn't get one but it was sure fun to shoot" (p. 79).
Ok. Enough cool stories. How does this Southern Baptist pastor demonstrate bold love? Bob and his church do this through serving. One of their favorite sayings is: "Serve not to convert, but serve because you've been converted." Neighbor love is not just a nice idea, but a driving force for Northwood.Read more ›
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If I am to review the book, I'll review it as a whole. The book in itself was not that well written. Mr. Roberts repeats things almost word for word at times. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Justice Pirate
Bob is an instrument of the Lord and His plan for His kingdom. Love is the only answer for the world.Published 20 months ago by Caingaroo
My whole family read this book and we all appreciated the message of love in it. To be part of Bob Roberts family must be amazing because Bob gets how radical is the love of the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Thomas E Dill
We need more thinking and actions like this than the unproductive methods of the past as we work for peace in the world and the advancement of the Kingdom of God.Published on September 7, 2013 by Jim K
I know the author so was anxious to read it. It seems well written, educational and a different viewpoint than I had heard before. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Robert D. Meyer
I recently received a book from Handlebar Marketing to review that I must admit is a MUST READ book. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Bob Roberts challenges and inspires with his book "Bold as Love". As I read the book I reflected on how fear creates mistrust and creates barriers between people. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Curtis Myers
Bob Roberts Jr. hits it right on the head when he challenges what we call love and what love really looks like. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Jim Evans
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