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Public Jesus: Exposing the Nature of God in Your Community Paperback – June 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›