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Activist Faith: From Him and For Him Paperback – July 15, 2013

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"As Christians, we are called to make a positive impact on our world--to make it a better place. Activist Faith is one of those amazing resources that educate people on the issues and equips them to make a difference. A must-read!"
- Jen Hatmaker, author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

"The challenges facing our country and world are many. Daniel Darling, Dillon Burroughs, and Dan King provide thoughtful, biblically guided analysis of several of the most pressing issues of our day, challenging the church to let Scripture be our primary guide as we advocate for those who are vulnerable. Read this book, but don't stop there: Let it move you into prayerful action."
- Matthew Soerens, U.S. church training specialist, World Relief; author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate

"There has been a huge need for a book to give the theological background for why Christians should engage in social justice. Activist Faith fits that need perfectly. It provides solid biblical reasons  we should care about the poor, immigrants, and modern-day slaves as well as practical steps for how to take action."
- Sean McDowell, educator; speaker; author of Apologetics for a New Generation

"Twenty-first-century Christ followers stand committed to reconciling the vertical and horizontal planes of the Cross: sanctification with service, holiness with humility, conviction with compassion, and righteousness with justice. In Activist Faith, the authors exhort us to find a cause greater than ourselves, one that marries the promise of salvation with prophetic activism. For a generation seeking to live out our faith, this book is a must-read."
- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

"This generation has more tools than ever before to help them live generously. Activist Faith explores the fundamental connection between the desire to engage in the world and the realities of what it will cost. More than anything else, it empowers you to do good work for the sake of the gospel."
- Mike Rusch, COO, PureCharity.com

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The Bible doesn't call us to like or tweet about or even vote on human need and social problems. It calls us to act--to feed the hungry, visit prisoners, care for orphans, and bring good news to the poor. Join the co-founders of the dynamic Activist Faith movement as they share biblical contexts, personal stories, and practical guidance for engaging twelve divisive social issues. Written for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and even those who despise religion yet love Jesus, Activist Faith will guide you toward speaking--and living--the truth in love.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (July 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612913911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612913919
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and my friend the BibleDude, Dan King, have this new book coming out next week. Dan was kind enough to send me a copy of the galley so I could tell you about it.
Here's the thing I love best about this book:
This isn't about a couple "important" people making their voices heard and making things happen. It's about every single man and woman who sits in a church pew on Sunday mornings (and several who don't) doing something awesome in response to the amazing gift we've been given (Dan King, from the introduction).
In a season of folks "liking" a Facebook page and considering that an important step forward, we all need this reminder.

Because the truth is, we can tweet for an end to starvation all day long, but it won't fill a single belly.

This trio means to grow a movement. They want their lives to count beyond the circle of their own family and friends. They want to serve.

The book is organized into chapters, each addressing a different issue: Human trafficking, immigration, poverty, environmentalism, disaster response, homelessness, abortion, war/terror/genocide, religious persecution, family instability, prison reform, and orphans.

Which of those topics made your heart jump?

Each chapter, written by one of the three authors, includes a selection of scripture related to the topic, a survey of the current situation today and concludes with questions for reflection or discussion (Think it Through), tools and resources, and action steps. For example, in the chapter on emergency response, Dan King reminds us to give the help that's needed, not what makes you feel good about yourself.

So simple. So true. And sadly, so often overlooked.

I don't see sugarcoating in this book.
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As we all know, one's actions usually speak louder than words. God doesn't call us to accept Him as our Lord and then partake in a collective bumm-diddly flop whilst the world spins `round. No sir, no ma'am, I believe He calls each of us to pull on our Nehemiah-esque gloves and rebuild the wall, one section at a time... in front of our own homes, our neighborhoods and our towns.

So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work. (Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV)

And that there is what the new book, "Activist Faith: From Him and For Him," by Burroughs, Darling, and King does - it helps us to better rise up and build right here and right now. Not later. Not when we have more money. Not when we have more free time. Not when we have more seminary training. Right. Now.

Together, these three men cover twelve topics, among them modern-day slavery, immigration, disaster relief, homelessness, prisons, and orphan care.

"My challenge to you is this: Learn all you can. Discover what is causing the problem and the underlying factors involved ... Then act. Do something. The world is waiting for you to do as my friend Charles says: `Don't watch the news. Do something that makes the news.'" (Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)

Yes, yes, each chapter of "Activist Faith" gives its readers excellent resources and practical tips on how you, me, and everyone from sea to shining sea, can put the rubber to the road in our journey as Christians. But wait, there is more! Much, much more. Each chapter unfolds as if you, the reader, sat across the dinner table from the authors... clanking forks, passing `round the bread basket, ya know, supping with friends, all while listening to each man as he tells his tale.

And shares the individual cries of his heart.

And reminds us of what the Word of God says about not only the least of these among us, but of our duties, from Him and for Him.
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Faith without works is dead, St. James tells us, highlighting the eternal struggle between salvation by faith alone and our desire to earn our way to heaven. All those struggles recounted in the Book of Acts and the epistles, not to mention the ongoing debate between Jesus and the Pharisees in the gospels, continue to play themselves out today. That may be an inadvertent argument for the unchanging nature of the human heart.

Part of the difficulty is our failure to grasp the idea that salvation does not depend upon anything we do. It can't, or it wouldn't be salvation. We don't perform our way to heaven. In a very real way, the whole notion of performance cheapens or trivializes what Jesus did on the cross.

But then St. James comes along like a good Missourian and says "Show me." He's not telling us to perform. What he is saying is that our faith - our living faith - will naturally flow outward. Works is an expression of real faith, and it's not performance where we expect applause. What is it, then? Acts of charity, hope, love, encouragement, healing, teaching, preaching.

"Activist Faith: From Him and For Him" explains how that works. And more than that, Activist Faith provides an array of possibilities for faith to flow outward naturally to helping meet people's needs and in so doing being a witness to them.

Written by Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling and Dan King, "Activist Faith" simply and concisely describes12 ways faith can be put to work.

Who was it who fought slavery o extinction in Great Britain? Christians. Who led the way and continues to provide the major impetus for ending human trafficking today? Christians.
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