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Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of two books: Public Jesus and An Evangelical Social Gospel?. Tim s work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, The Wall Street Journal, and other magazines and journals. He has planted three successful churches over the past 12 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kansas. Tim s blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The House Studio (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834127695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834127692
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe we shouldn't judge books by their covers, but I certainly judge them by their titles. That is why Tim Suttle's book Public Jesus: Exposing the Nature of God in Your Community popped up on my radar so easily. Suttle opens the book by asking us what role our faith should play in public life. In an era where outspoken faith is held in stark contrast to the beliefs of the secular world, this question needs thoughtful answering. Public Jesus is an attempt to provide some perspective for those who want to converse about that.

After looking at what it means to be human in our world, Suttle breaks down our faith's role in the public sphere through four categories: vocation, Sabbath, how we live out the Eucharist, and how we publically communicate regarding our faith. The book wraps up by talking about how Christ followers should engage the landscape of American politics.

Here's a summary of how Suttle explores his thesis. Chapter one calls us to be people of action who serve out of humble love for others. Chapter two challenges us to treat our vocations, our places of work as opportunities to serve God wholeheartedly and be God's presence to people there. In Suttle's take on Sabbath (chapter 3), he states that if we were to truly observe the Sabbath, we would find that we begin to make time and space for the sacred and for each other. In doing so, this would speak to a world where the phrase "time is money" ends up meaning that we have lost the art of investing in relationships.

The Eucharistic life, chapter four's subject, is all about how if are to identify with Christ's sacrificial death as the Body of Christ, it would lead to serving the world.
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This book is a great resource for those in the church who want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We don't have to just work in the church to be the body of christ. I think this recourse does a fine job of asking questions and helping its readers to dig deeper and to see that you don't just have to be in a church ministries context to be a minister for the church. I very much enjoyed this product and look forward to reading more from Suttle.
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Is Jesus an appropriate foundation for Christian ethics, or must we look elsewhere?

Desperate and a bit clueless after my first year in ministry, I enrolled in George Fox Evangelical Seminary in the fall of 1999. One of my first classes was "Christian Ethics" with the primary textbook being, "Mere Morality" by Lewis Smedes. My professor so unapologetically answered the question above with, "Duh! Of course not" that it was never even asked or entertained.

A standard answer for many evangelicals at the time, but I was stunned.
Tim Suttle's answer in his powerful new book, Public Jesus, is equally stunning, though completely opposite. With equal parts creativity and courage Suttle encourages us to base all of life, and all of our ethics, on Jesus. He blows up the "private faith" myth not so much through detailed argument, but by inviting us to believe, and by showing us what faithful public witness is.

And you'll love him for it. Indeed, Suttle is part of a new thriving core of evangelicals who are proudly calling the church to image Christ in life, or, as he refers to it, live "cruciform" lives. I'm utterly thrilled to see this transformation over such a short period of time.

And he's relentless in his insistence that our faith is both Jesus-centered and public . In the introduction he says, "God belongs in the public square because the public square belongs to God." He then spends the rest of his work describing what such a cruciform public life looks like through and at work, in worship and rest, in our public language and in our allegiance.

Public Jesus will challenge you to examine your own faith as he pushes out what it means to live our whole lives as though we actually believe Jesus is Lord.
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This is a nice little book that seems to be written to go along with a video series for small groups. I haven't seen the vids so I can't comment on that part of it. It is evident that the author has been significantly influenced by NT scholar NT Wright. That's all to the good as far as I'm concerned. I read another book by the same author, An Evangelical Social Gospel?, that I think was a stronger book but I recommend both. The author is a blogger and pastor in the Kansas City area. If I were in the area I would definitely check out the church. He's on the right track.
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