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Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice

by Shane Claiborne Roger Gottlieb Deena Guzder

In an effort to reclaim the fundamental principles of Christianity, moving it away from religious right-wing politics and towards the teachings of Jesus, the American Christian activists profiled in this book agitate for a society free from racism, patriarchy, bigotry, retribution, ecocide, torture, poverty, and militarism. These activists view their faith as a personal commitment with public implications; their world consists of people of religious faith protecting the weak and safeguarding the sacred. Recounting social justice activists on the frontlines of the Christian Left since the 1950s--including Daniel Berrigan, Roy Bourgeois, and SueZann Bosler--this book articulates their faith-based alternative to the mainstream conservative religious agenda and liberal cynicism and describes a long-standing American tradition, which began with the nation's earliest Quaker abolitionists.

Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It's Killing Us

by Shane Claiborne

In this reasoned exploration of justice, retribution, and redemption, the champion of the new monastic movement, popular speaker, and author of the bestselling The Irresistible Revolution offers a powerful and persuasive appeal for the abolition of the death penalty.The Bible says an eye for an eye. But is the state's taking of a life true--or even practical--punishment for convicted prisoners? In this thought-provoking work, Shane Claiborne explores the issue of the death penalty and the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.Using an historical lens to frame his argument, Claiborne draws on testimonials and examples from Scripture to show how the death penalty is not the ideal of justice that many believe. Not only is a life lost, so too, is the possibility of mercy and grace. In Executing Grace, he reminds us of the divine power of forgiveness, and evokes the fundamental truth of the Gospel--that no one, even a criminal, is beyond redemption.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

by Shane Claiborne

Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a check to feed starving children or hold signs in the streets and feel like we've made a difference without ever encountering the faces of the suffering masses. In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world. Shane's faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and "practicing resurrection" in the forgotten places of our world. Shane's message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable ... but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love.

Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals

by Shane Claiborne Chris Haw

Amid all the buzz of politics and elections, Jesus for President is a refreshing reminder that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in the Jesus who gave his life for us. Politics for ordinary radicals who want to love the world into the kingdom of God.

Red Letter Revolution

by Shane Claiborne Tony Campolo

For all the Christians facing conflict between Jesus' words and their own lives, for all the non-Christians who feel they rarely see Jesus' commands reflected in the choices of his followers, Red Letter Revolution is a blueprint for a new kind of Christianity, one consciously centered on the words of Jesus, the Bible's "red letters."Framed as a captivating dialogue between Shane Claiborne, a progressive young evangelical, and Tony Campolo, a seasoned pastor and professor of sociology, Red Letter Revolution is a life-altering manifesto for skeptics and Christians alike. It is a call to a lifestyle that considers first and foremost Jesus' explicit, liberating message of sacrificial love.Shane and Tony candidly bring the words of Jesus to bear on contemporary issues of violence, community, Islam, hell, sexuality, civil disobedience, and twenty other critical topics for people of faith and conscience today. The resulting conversations reveal the striking truth that Christians guided unequivocally by the words of Jesus will frequently reach conclusions utterly contrary to those of mainstream evangelical Christianity.If the Jesus who speaks to you through the Gospels is at odds with the Christian culture you know, if you have ever wanted to stand up and say, "I love Jesus, but that's not me," Red Letter Revolution will prove that you are not alone--you may have been a Red Letter Christian all along.Endorsements:"This book, by a young and an elderly Christian, will help you decide how we Christians could change the world if we took the 'red letter' words of Jesus literally and seriously." --President Jimmy Carter"In Red Letter Revolution the uncompromised truth of Jesus' teachings are given voice by two modern-day Christian leaders who do more than preach this Good News. They walk the talk and lead the way." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu "I started reading this book and couldn't stop. . . . Thank you, Tony and Shane. Thank you for this book. May the movement spread around the world." --Abuna Elias Chacour,?Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Galilee"Red Letter Revolution is an adrenaline-producing conversation with prophetic bite." --Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message Bible"I cannot over-emphasize or exaggerate the richness of this book." --Phyllis Tickle, author of Emergence Christianity"In this courageous and well crafted book, we have a return to the core message of the Gospel from two Christians who first tried to live it themselves--and only then spoke." --Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation"Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo are two of the most significant prophetic voices in the Christian world." --Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine ("This is a must-read book for anyone who is seeking to take Jesus' call on their lives seriously." --Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine"If you ever wished you could eavesdrop on a conversation with two of the world's most interesting and inspiring Christians, just turn to page one." --Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker (

La revolución de las letras rojas

by Shane Claiborne

Para todos los cristianos que se hallan en conflicto entre las palabras de Jesús y la realidad de sus propias vidas, y para todos los no cristianos que sienten que muy ocasionalmente se ven los mandamientos de Jesús reflejados en las elecciones que hacen sus seguidores, La revolución de las letras rojas constituirá una guía para un nuevo tipo de cristiandad, conscientemente centrado en las palabras de Jesús que aparecen en las «letras rojas» de la Biblia. Estructurado como un diálogo cautivante entre Shane Caiborne (un evangélico joven y progresista) y Tony Campolo (pastor experimentado y profesor de sociología), La revolución de las letras rojas constituye un manifiesto que cambiará la vida tanto de los escépticos como de los cristianos. Es un llamado a un estilo de vida que tiene en cuenta antes que nada, y por encima de todo, el mensaje explícito y liberador de Jesús referido como el amor sacrificial. Shane y Tony con total franqueza relacionan las palabras de Jesús con cuestiones contemporáneas como la violencia, la comunidad, el islam, el infierno, la sexualidad, la desobediencia civil y otros veinte tópicos más que resultan cruciales para las personas de fe que tienen conciencia hoy. Los diálogos resultantes revelan una sorprendente verdad: que los cristianos que se dejan guiar de manera inequívoca por las palabras de Jesús, con frecuencia llegan a conclusiones completamente opuestas a las de aquellos que forman la corriente principal del cristianismo evangélico. Si el Jesús que te habla a través de los evangelios no concuerda con la cultura cristiana que conoces, si alguna vez has deseado ponerte de pie y decir: «Te amo, Jesús, pero yo no soy así»,La revolución de las letras rojas te mostrará que no estás solo, y que puedes ser un cristiano de las «letras rojas» todo el tiempo. «Este libro, escrito por un cristiano de edad madura y otro joven, nos ayudará a definir la manera en que los cristianos podríamos cambiar el mundo si tomáramos literalmente y con seriedad las palabras de Jesús "escritas en rojo"». --Presidente Jimmy Carter «En La revolución de las letras rojas, a la verdad sin concesiones de las enseñanzas de Jesús le aportan su voz dos líderes cristianos de los tiempos modernos, que van más allá de predicar esas buenas nuevas. Ellos viven lo que predican y abren camino». --Arzobispo Desmond Tutu «Comencé a leer este libro y no pude parar... Gracias, Tony y Shane. Gracias por este libro. Que este movimiento se extienda por todo el mundo». --Albuna Elias Chacour, Obispo de la Iglesia Católica Melquita de Galilea «La revolución de las letras rojas es un coloquio con un sabor profético que hace que se eleve la adrenalina». --Eugene H. Peterson, autor de la Biblia The Message «No puedo enfatizar por demás ni exagerar en cuanto a la riqueza de este libro». --Phyllis Tickle, autora deEmergence Christianity «En este libro, valiente y bien escrito, tenemos un retorno al mensaje central del evangelio por parte de dos cristianos que primero intentaron vivirlo ellos mismos, y recién entonces hablaron». --Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Centro para la Acción y Contemplación «Shane Claiborne y Tony Campolo son dos de las voces proféticas más significativas del mundo cristiano».--Rabino Michael Lerner, editor de la revista Tikkun Magazine( «Si alguna vez has anhelado escuchar a hurtadillas una conversación entre dos de los cristianos más interesantes e inspiradores del mundo, solo tienes que ir a la página uno». --Brian C. Mclaren, autor y orador (

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