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December 26, 2007

David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons' "unChristian"

Ross on August 19, 2010 09:38 PM EST writes:
confused

It is difficult to understand a God of love and a God of wrath. After reading these comments on UnChristian, I cannot help but notice the dichotomy between "evangelical" Christians and "liberal" Christians. Those on the more liberal side do away with repentance and actually following Jesus' commands (which is how we demonstrate our love for Him) in order to proclaim a love that is about acceptance. Those on the more conservative side do away with the loving, compassionate God in order to stress His real and coming judgment. The Disciples of Christ started from a movement of unity, and it only took a few generations until they were completely separate. Praise God the universal Church is not run by men, but by the sovereign Lord, Jesus.
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Bob Cornwall on February 1, 2008 05:26 PM EST writes:
Meredith,

I agree with your feelings. It doesn't deliver on its promise. The good thing is that there are churches that do. Check out the books by Diana Butler Bass and Eric Elnes. They offer a much more hopeful picture.
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Meredith on February 1, 2008 05:18 PM EST writes:
Great review!

I'm a Buster-generation outsider to Christianity. I've had terrible experiences with the religion in the past, but for some reason I'm thinking of trying again. I had just gotten to the point when I started believing in God and feeling His presence during prayer when I read this book. It depressed and frightened me. I'm not interested in evangelical religion; I'm more the liberation theology type. And I have many gay friends. I really disliked this book's assertion that evangelicism is the only true Christianity. I also found the author's attempts to be sympathetic to the gay community incredibly disingenuous. There is no "loving way" to tell someone that an orientation they were born with is a sin. It's an insult you can't sugar-coat. I would never recommend this book to a spiritual seeker. It took a day of prayer to recover from reading this and it shook my trust that God is truly loving. This book did everything it said Christians shouldn't do.
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calvin on December 26, 2007 05:54 PM EST writes:
100% correct review

Your review is QUITE apt, thank you for spelling out so clearly what bothered me immensely about this book. The authors are on to something for sure, they just don't know what yet. The chapter on homosexuality also bothered me greatly, having myself lost several friends to AIDS; the ending of the author's story of his gay friend who also lost loved ones to that horrible disease, and his despicably LACKING response to this tragedy of "I'm sorry I wasn't more of a friend" at the time of the loss just sent me reeling. That isn't just "unchristian" it is inhuman. While I hope to God that he felt a lot more deeply about how he and his religion let down millions of people then & since (and wasn't able to write that?), one has to wonder where the REPENTANCE for this kind of behaviour will come if that's the best he can do.
It's a start, at least, this is the crack in the monolith we have all been praying for. They just have let go of the unloving theology and we can get a LOT more done.
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