Christi-Anarchy
216 Pages
English

Christi-Anarchy

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216 Pages
English

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Jesus Christ preached a gospel of love and peace with justice. But the history of the Christian religion is littered with every kind of evil.
What went wrong? How have we become a generation that is seeking God but rejecting organized religion? How can we rediscover the authentic message of Jesus?
This challenging book explores the reasons behind the atrocities committed in the name of Christ. It offers the vision of Jesus as a source of radical renewal of individuals and societies.
Author of the acclaimed Plan Be Series, Dave Andrews shows how we can be inspired by the model of Jesus' compassion, and his hunger for justice, to work with marginal groups for real transformation in our world.

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Published 01 February 2012
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ChristiAnarchy Discovering a Radical Spirituality of Compassion By Andrews, Dave and Costello, Tim Copyright©1999 by Andrews, Dave ISBN 13: 9781610978521 Publication date 2/1/2012 Previously published by Tafina Press, 1999
InTroducTion To Davé Andréws for Thé 2012 Davé Andréws Légacy Sériés InTroducTion To Thé 2012 RéPrinTéd EdiTion
kept sééing This guy on Thé shuTTlé bus - long hair, graying béard, a I génTlé 60’s-70’s féél To him. Hé sééméd ThoughTful, inTénsé, friénd-ly, and quiéT, liKé hé had a loT on his mind, as did I. Evén Though I saw him néarly évéry Timé I boardéd Thé shuTTlé bus, wé didn’T sPéaK béyond him smiling and saying, “G’day” and mé nodding and saying, “Héy” as wé boardéd or disémbarKéd. I was my irs îme a Greenbe, a uge esîva abou aî, ar, and jusîce ed every Augus în e UK. I ad aways eard grea îngs abou e even and so was rîed wen I was învîed o speak. I was jus as rîed o ge a cance o ear în person some musîcîans and speakers I ad ony eard abou rom a dîsance, so I wen roug e program and marked peope I waned o be sure no o mîss. I was near e end o e conerence wen a rîend od me o be sure o cac an Ausraîan eow named Dave Andrews. “I’ve never eard o îm,” I saîd. “O, e’s a orce o naure,” my rîend saîd. “Kînd o îke Jîm Waîs, Tony Campoo, and Moer Teresa roed up îno one.” How coud I no pu a combînaîon îke a în one o e as ree sos on my scedue? I arrîved a e venue a ew mînues ae and ere e was, e bearded guy rom e bus. hougu, înense, and rîendy, yes - buquiete was no. He was neary expodîng wî passîon -passîon and compassîon, în a voîce a ranged rom orîssîmo o orîssîssîmo o urîoso. How coud a guy curnîng wî so muc iii
ope, ove, anger, energy, aî, ury, and curîosîy ave been so quîe and unassumîng on e bus? He was a orce o naure îndeed, evokîng rom îs audîence auger, sous, amens, reveren sîence, and even ears beore e was done. He spoke o jusîce, o povery, o oppressîon, o soîdar-îy across reîgîous dîferences, o servîce, o ope, o ceebraîon, o e way o Jesus. As I îsened, I waned o kîck myse.his is tHe most inspiring talk I’ve Heard at tHis wHole festival. WHy did I miss all tHose opportuni-ties to get to know tHis fellow on tHe bus? Now tHe festival is almost over and I’ve missed my cHance! Laer an evenîng, I boarded e sue bus or e as rîde back o my oe, and ere sa Dave and îs wîe, Ange. I dîdn’ mîss my cance îs îme. I înroduced myse and ey recîprocaed warmy. I was a argey unknown Amerîcan auor a e îme and ardy known a Greenbe, muc ess în Ausraîa, so I’m quîe ceraîn Dave and Ange ad never eard o me. Bu ey coudn’ ave been kînder, and as we dîsembarked, e pued wo books rom îs backpack and od me ey were a gît. he nex day wen I lew ome rom Hearow, I devoured em bo on e pane. Fîrs, I openedNot Religion, But Loveand read î roug rom cover o cover. hen I openedCHristi-anarcHy and coudn’ pu î down eîer. Wen my pane anded, I e I ad been on a spîrîua rerea . . . or maybe beer saîd, în a kînd o spîrî-ua boo camp! hîngs I was înkîng bu ad been araîd o say ou oud Dave was sayîng body and conideny. Ideas I was very enaîvey con-sîderîng e ad aready been îvîng wî or years. Compaîns and concerns I ony sared în îgy guarded sîuaîons e was pubîs-îng rom e ouseops. Hopes and îdeas I dîdn’ dare o express e ceebraed wîou embarrassmen.
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I înk I gave îm a copy o one or wo o my books as we, and I guess e was avoraby împressed enoug a we sayed în ouc and a rîendsîp deveoped. I dîscovered a we were bo songwrî-ers as we as wrîers, a we bo ad a deep îneres în îneraî rîendsîps, a we bo ad some crîîcs and we bo ad known e paîn o abeîng and rejecîon. Sînce en, waever e as wrîen, I’ve been sure o read . . . knowîng a e speaks o my sou în a way a nobody ese does. We’ve managed o ge ogeer severa îmes sînce our înîîa meeîng în Engand, în spîe o e ac a we îve on opposîe sîdes o e pane. We’ve spoken ogeer a a ew conerences on bo emîsperes, and I ad e prîvîege o vîsîîng îm în Brîsbane. I’ve seen e beauîu îngs e as been doîng în a parîcuary îner-esîng and caengîng neîgborood ere, wakîng e srees wî îm, meeîng îs rîends, sensîng îs ove or a pace and ose peope. He’s been în my ome în e US as we, and we’ve been con-spîrîng or some oer cances o be and work ogeer în e uure. In my speakîng across Nor Amerîca, I requeny reer o Dave’s work, bu unî now, îs books ave been ard o come by. ha’s wy I’m rîed o înroduce îs voume o everyone I can în Nor Amerîca. Yes, you’ ind e’s one par Tony Campoo, one par Jîm Waîs, and one par Moer Teresa, a orce o naure, as I was od. You’ aso ind e îs a serîous suden o e Bîbe and a serîous eoogîca sage — e kînd o relecîve acîvîs or înker-pracîîo-ner a we need more o. In a book îkeCHristi-anarcHy, e can body and provocaîvey unsee you and caenge you. hen în a book îkePlan Be, e can geny and pasoray encourage and înspîre you. Lîke e cenra în-spîraîon o îs îe, e îs e kînd o person o conideny urn over
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abes în e Tempe one mînue and en umby deend a samed and abused woman rom er accusers e nex. You’ see în Dave’s wrîîngs a e îs îgy knowedgeabe abou povery, ecoogy, psycoogy, socîoogy, poîîcs, and econom-îcs . . . no ony rom an academîc sandpoîn, bu aso rom a grass-roos, experîenîa eve. Hîs wrîîng on ese subjecs grows rom wa e as done on e ground . . . or exampe, nururîng a com-munîy nework a îs raînîng young adus o îve and serve among e poor, supervîsîng omes or adus wo are earnîng o îve wî pysîca and psycîarîc dîsabîîîes, encouragîng sma busînesses o îre peope wo oers woud consîder unempoyabe and deveop-îng a non-proi soar energy co-op or oca peope. Dave’s wrîîngs and rîendsîp ave mean so muc o me. I consîder îm a rîend and menor. Now I am so appy a peope across Nor Amerîca can dîscover îm oo. You’ ee as I dîd — so graeu a you dîdn’ mîss e cance o earn rom îs one-o-a-kînd, un-caegorîzabe, un-conaînabe, wîd wonder rom Down Under named Dave Andrews.
Brian D. McLaren auor/speaker/acîvîs (brîanmcaren.ne)
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