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Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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I don t believe I ve ever seen the message of Jesus presented in as clear, as balanced, and as humorous a way as Cavey does in Reunion. This is the book you re looking for! Greg Boyd, author of Letters from a Skeptic and senior pastor of Woodland Hills
There is no one better at separating Jesus from the religiosity that has developed around him than Bruxy Cavey. This book guides the reader, whether seeker, saint, or sinner, to a liberating encounter with Jesus. Mark D. Baker, author of Religious No More
Warning: This book contains deep spiritual truths that may radically transform your life. If you read one book about Jesus this year, let this be the one. You ll discover an unexpected freedom and intimately connect with Jesus like never before.--Andrew Farley, bestselling author of The Naked Gospel
This book is like Bruxy: disarming, big-hearted, down to earth, and dripping with Jesus, without the stench of religious hypocrisy. Jarrod McKenna, teaching pastor at Westcity Church in Australia and cofounder of First Home Project
A funny yet profound encapsulation of what the gospel is and how it changes everything.--Justin Brierley, host of Unbelievable? radio show and podcast
Cavey issues readers an enthusiastic, direct invitation to become Christ-followers…Cavey illustrates his arguments with relatable, personal stories, which will likely entertain, if not convince, readers...evident goodwill, passion, and intriguing arguments... --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Bruxy Cavey is the author of the bestselling End of Religion and teaching pastor at The Meeting House, a church for people who aren t into church. The Meeting House is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada, where thousands of people connect with God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. You can learn more about The Meeting House at themeetinghouse.com. Bruxy and his wife, Nina, have three daughters and live in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Yes, yes he does.
He encourages readers to mark up his book. So I did. I underlined I made notes. Sometimes I used exclamation points when I felt he missed the mark. But for the most part, he was spot on about what it means to follow Jesus and what that looks like. Hint - it doesn't include religion.
Was Jesus only rebuking the Jewish leaders of his day when he preached? Or is the message and mission of Jesus a universal rebuke to all religions? As Cavey states, "It seems the message of Jesus changed the world until the world changed the message."
Cavey attempts to present the Gospel message in one word, three words, and thirty words, dividing the book into those categories. He makes the point that "religious" people stick to the Bible above all else and so they become like the religious leaders of Jesus' day, whom Jesus chastised. "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life (John 5:39-40)." They read the Bible and believe everything it says, but if they don't read it with Jesus as the centre of it, they miss the point. "Jesus should become the lens through which we see the real meaning of all Scripture." He has a point. Many Christians today seem to zero in on a particular scripture and make it their mantra in life when it has nothing to do with Jesus at all. Who are you following? The Bible? Or Jesus? If Jesus is the Word, then follow Him. Cavey makes that point throughout this book.
It is all about getting to know God and the only way to do that, according to Cavey, is through Jesus who is "God's ultimate explanation of himself." He adds, "What do we see when we look at Jesus? A God who has infinite compassion on sinners and outcasts. A God who rages against religion. A God who calls us his friends."
While much of the book is sound, there were a few things I disagreed with theologically. While he is quick to point out that "religious" people pick and choose their Scriptures to justify their actions, he does the same thing. He tends to ignore the Scriptures that describe hell or the torment that is to come for those who reject Christ as it doesn't "fit" with his concept of a loving and just God. He talks like a universalist with just enough truth to make it seem like he's right. So one must read this book with caution.
Despite that, he is a man who obviously loves his Lord and he presents a thorough examination of what the gospel is all about - Jesus. Just Jesus. It's about His kingdom beginning with us and in us through His Holy Spirit. This book is for seekers and sinners and especially saints who have lost their way in religion and want to find Jesus again.
Great stuff, wonderful illustrations, fun to read. I also liked the way Bruxy showed that the classic Gospel illustrations (The Bridge, 4 spiritual laws, Romans Road) fall short of explaining the Full Gospel.
So I was eager to read the second half of the book (The Gospel in 30 words), but unfortunately this part wasn't so much fun.
Yes, theologically accurate (at least in my view), but it didn't come alive, it was dry. A lot of listed Bible verses and not a lot of illustrating how we can live the Jesus in us part. I felt like I would point people to the first half of the book, but then would point them towards sermons by Dan Mohler on Christ in us/Becoming Love.
Another issue for me was that Bruxy was trying to address different target groups at the same time: Saints, Seekers and Sinners.
There were times where I felt Bruxy is not really talking to me (which he wasn't). That made it tougher for me to keep reading.
But if you are seeking God and want a thorough and balanced explanation of the Good News of Jesus, then definitely check out the book!
I love Bruxy's heart, he explains difficult theological issues in a very balanced way and always respects people with different views. If you're not sure what to expect, check out some of his sermons online. Great guy!