I was aware that Robbie Seay (of Robbie Seay Band) had a brother that pastors a church (I believe David Crowder goes there…). What I didn’t know was where exactly his theological ideas stood.
Throughout this book, I was quite surprised and challenged. In some of the books (and other blogs) of other emergent pastors, there seems to be a lack of real depth. That is not true in The Gospel According to Jesus. There is focus on the things of God and more depth than many of these pastors talk about.
Opening with a quote from Ghandi questioning the loyalty of Jesus’ followers, yet loving Jesus. Seay sets out to discover why that is. Yes
Chris Seay opens his book with a quote from Gandhi who says basically that he likes Jesus but wonders about His followers. Most of us have heard that quote and winced at it’s truth. The author sets out to discover why that is so and what to do about it. Yes, there’s some criticism of the church and how it has conducted itself particularly in the USA. Seay attributes some of the problem to ignorance, willful or otherwise. His closing chapter lists “The Ten Commandments of a Shalom Life” which point the way to a truly meaningful life. He is careful to say that all must be brought to God through prayer.
I found myself challenged by the content of this book. His focus is much more toward engaging the world than forming a cozy club that hides from the world. In doing so it can feel as if he is advocating for social justice alone, but please read him more carefully. He does address more than that in this book. Think about what he says. Even if you don’t agree with all he has to say or what the interview responses at the end of each chapter say you will have to answer the why don’t I agree question.
I do recommend this book to you.
Whether it’s building a park bench at a bus stop or bringing groceries to the sick, the gospel of Jesus restores the heart, the mind, and the body.
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