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Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2010
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About the Author
RYAN DOBSON is the founder of KOR ministries and the author of four books, incuding Be Intolerant. Through his podcasts, speaking engagements, and books, Dobson seeks to call Christians deeper into the ultimate adventure of following Christ.
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to "Humanitarian Jesus." The authors approach was original and seemed "fair and balanced." The authors discussed how the Christians should approach the plight of the needy. They give the example of giving a homeless person a sandwich or a gospel tract. What should a Christian do first? The authors argue that conservative Christians focus more on evangelizing, but ignore the physical plights of the less-fortunate, while liberal Christians are quick to help those in need but sometimes compromise the need to share the gospel.
I especially found Part Two interesting. It was good to hear from the people themselves how they approach the social gospel issue. The authors interview, without bias, various people, some of which I have admired in the past and some of which I totally disagree.
Johnny Heller narrates the whole book. He has good pacing and expression. Even though he did a good job narrating Part Two by changing his accent or way of speaking to match that of the interviewee, I think it would've been better to have a second person narrating the interviewees.
"Humanitarian Jesus" is a thought-provoking book. Missions and outreaches have been a burden in my heart, but it wasn't until recently that I realized how important it was to evangelize also. You can't have one without the other. Sharing the gospel, but not caring about the physical needs is hypocritical.Read more ›
Jesus was and is the most humanitarian person ever. He fed the multitude, healed the sick/lepers, raised the dead and gave sight to the blind. He also walked away from a number of people without doing anything for them. Jesus did not come to feed the poor or take care of the environment. He came to save our souls (forgiveness of our sins) so we may have external life with our Savior. His main purpose was to proclaim God's salvation and His Kingdom. Jesus said there will always be poor among us.
As one interviewer pointed out - when we look at human suffering, we react, we don't respond, Most of the time this doesn't help. Another stated - don't look at the issue - look at the people. People are living in trash dumps, being sold into slavery, prostitution, dying daily by the thousands for lack of clean water, AIDS, etc,
The question is: do you feed the hungry and then talk about Jesus and forgiveness or do you talk about forgiveness and then fill their stomach. Maybe you feed them, plant a well for clean water and let someone else worry about their salvation.Read more ›
Breathing. This is the metaphor Gary Haugen uses to describe the relationship between social action and evangelism. Breathing requires two actions--inhalation and exhalation--and we who follow the example of Jesus must also embrace two actions: caring for people's physical needs while also addressing their eternal, spiritual needs.
The art and theology of living both dimensions at the personal level is the focus of Humanitarian Jesus. In Part One, Buckley explores the interplay between three truths--eternity is real, temporal investment is important, and every servant has a master. In addition to emphasizing the need for evangelism that speaks truth about Jesus and the eternal realities bound up in his cross, Buckley also argues with equal vigor that we must concern ourselves with humanity "because God cares about human suffering"(p. 65).
Part Two is a collection of 15 interviews conducted with a diverse group of Christian leaders, including notable professors (Tony Campolo and Ron Sider), pastors (Mark Batterson, Gilbert Lennox, Issac Shaw and Francis Chan), organizational directors (David Batstone, Jerry Wiles, Jim Moriarty, Franklin Graham, Gary Haugen, Rusty Pritchard, Brad Corrigan and Bryan Kemper), and activist and author, Mike Yankoski. Social issues addressed include slavery, clean water, poverty, human rights, the environment and abortion. Judging by these two lists, gender inclusion does not appear to be at the top of the authors' priorities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the different perspectives from various Christians doing humanitarian and evangelistic work in a variety of places with a span of strategies. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by ljyockey
I appreciate that this book shows so many different ways, ideas, and opinions towards sharing the Gospel and taking care of God's people and creation. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Abby
The only problem with this book was the constant use of small g for God and some other punctuation problemsPublished on February 19, 2013 by Garry Zimmerman
The authors treat an important current subject with sensitivity and competence. Most importantly they come at it from a Biblical perspective. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by JC Lundberg
This first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café.
I received two complimentary audiobooks from christianaudio at the same time: Jesus Manifesto (reviewed yesterday)... Read more