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In Undiluted Rediscovering the Radical Message of JesusBenjamin Corey states that Jesus s message is diluted when we force it to fit our cultural framework and practice religion based on doctrine and political platforms Corey compares this to the lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 6 24, that no one can serve two masters To me the most important message in the book is that following Jesus isn t about what we stop doing such as drinking, smoking, swearing, etc but rather what we startdoing In Undiluted Rediscovering the Radical Message of JesusBenjamin Corey states that Jesus s message is diluted when we force it to fit our cultural framework and practice religion based on doctrine and political platforms Corey compares this to the lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 6 24, that no one can serve two masters To me the most important message in the book is that following Jesus isn t about what we stop doing such as drinking, smoking, swearing, etc but rather what we startdoing such as responding to hatred with love, sharing with those who are hungry and standing up for the oppressed I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads program Memoirs about the movement from fundamentalism to a richer,vibrant faith has become something of a cottage industry Everybody and their mother used to have a narrow faith and then through life and experience their matured and they were transformed Think Rachel Held Evans, Matthew Paul Turner, Jonathan Merritt, Kathy Escobar, Marcus Borg and whoever else comes to mind.But the specifics are different Benjamin Corey s journey to the undiluted, radical message of Jesus began when he atten Memoirs about the movement from fundamentalism to a richer,vibrant faith has become something of a cottage industry Everybody and their mother used to have a narrow faith and then through life and experience their matured and they were transformed Think Rachel Held Evans, Matthew Paul Turner, Jonathan Merritt, Kathy Escobar, Marcus Borg and whoever else comes to mind.But the specifics are different Benjamin Corey s journey to the undiluted, radical message of Jesus began when he attended seminary In his case Gordon Conwell not exactly a bastion of liberalism in our age He confronts different theological commitments and convictions, wrestles with the real faith of those who were different from him and is driven to a fresh reading of the gospels This moves him, eventually towards Anabaptism, mission justice and compassion There is also ways in which pain has marked his journey Probably the most poignant and difficult season that Corey describes is his family s adoption of two sisters from Latin America I got this book inexpensively on my Kindle and it was a worthwhile read for me Corey s seminary story is not my own, but I saw other people make that journey from childhood faith to a thoughtful wrestling with Jesus Corey s blog is excellent An excellent short book by Corey on the radical Jesus of the New Testament Should be required reading for any youth ministry or high school Sunday school course Great stuff. Over the past year or so I ve enjoyed reading Ben Corey s blog He seemingly burst onto the Christian blog scene, going from not having a blog to having tremendous readership This shows that he is striking a nerve, whether that nerve is one of people who agree with him and eagerly share his posts on social media, or those who disagree and see him as someone doing harm to the Christian faith.He is not doing harm to the Christian faith What he is doing harm to is the Americanized version of the Over the past year or so I ve enjoyed reading Ben Corey s blog He seemingly burst onto the Christian blog scene, going from not having a blog to having tremendous readership This shows that he is striking a nerve, whether that nerve is one of people who agree with him and eagerly share his posts on social media, or those who disagree and see him as someone doing harm to the Christian faith.He is not doing harm to the Christian faith What he is doing harm to is the Americanized version of the Christian faith that transforms Jesus into a flag waving general leading troops onto literal battlefields to kill the bad guys or metaphorical battlefields to take back America for Jesus Many of Corey s blog posts point out the flaws in such Americanized Christianity For example, he recently had a post about taking down American flags in churches.This book serves as a testimony from Corey of how he got to where he is today and a foundation for the sort of Christianity he promotes on his blog Basically, this book seeks to return us to the Jesus we find in scripture who preached a radical message which confronts any and all peoples Corey shares how this message confronted him, getting quite personal in his stories about adopting his kids As I read I found myself wanting to follow the Jesus that Corey was writing about You could say that Corey accomplishes what he set out to do as the reader will certainly rediscover Jesus I highly recommend this book to any Christians I could especially see this book being read and discussed by college students It is the sort of book that Christians could read and be challenged by, but that their friends who are skeptical about faith could also read Such books that appeal to both groups are few and far between, and are also a blessing This book is a fresh read for anyone dissolutioned with the American fundamentalist church He does a good job of explaining how culture affects our view of Jesus and how we don t always see it He presents a view of Jesus that s countercultural and radical love of enemies At just over 150 pages, it s a quick read but very thought provoking. This is an awesome book that really takes you on Ben s journey out of American Christianity and into Jesus Christianity It isn t a book that actively refutes the opposition or reinforces its own with scripture or any other argument, but it gives an honest look into a journey that I am currently in the beginnings of and Ben is trekking through deeper and deeper waters The book speaks truth on a multitude of levels and is brought home with how close it brings you to Ben I have lost my only fri This is an awesome book that really takes you on Ben s journey out of American Christianity and into Jesus Christianity It isn t a book that actively refutes the opposition or reinforces its own with scripture or any other argument, but it gives an honest look into a journey that I am currently in the beginnings of and Ben is trekking through deeper and deeper waters The book speaks truth on a multitude of levels and is brought home with how close it brings you to Ben I have lost my only friends that I had when I was growing up due to starting this journey that the book describes, but I have grown so much closer to God and to my new found friends who may disagree, but love me the same I feel like I have gotten to know Mr Corey much better and can really follow him and his writings in a new light now that I know that he has gone through exactly what I am going through and can provide extremely helpful insight to the problems that I face on a regular basis |Free Book ♖ Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus ♿ Are you ready to begin experiencing an undiluted Jesus Benjamin Corey confronts our vision of Jesus head on, asking the hard question Is what we see and hear in the modern church all there is to the message of Jesus or is there a radical side to Jesus than we have been led to believe Get ready to encounter a Jesus that is determined to turn over the tables of a stale, ineffective and boring gospel that seeks to escape from the world instead of transforming it This radical Jesus and His message Invites us to reorient our lives not on Christian religion, but on the person of Jesus Calls us to live out faith in the context of authentic community with others, instead of isolation Includes the excluded and invites the outcast to have a seat at the table Responds to enemies with a radical, unexplainable love Undiluted will invite you to step out of your comfort zone and into a process of rediscovering the radical, counter cultural, and life changing message of Jesus As you do, you ll discover a vibrant faith as you embrace an undiluted Jesus and His radical message Benjamin L Corey is the fresh voice that will guide the next generation of Jesus followers into a beautiful expression of Christianity This book may just save Christianity from us Christians Frank Schaeffer, author of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God Benjamin L Corey has a way of capturing the heart of Jesus and his message You ll find in this book a jolt of full strength gospel and high test challenge along with undiluted encouragement Brian D McLaren, author speaker activist brianmclaren I loved the style of the book, combining his own story with reflections on biblical themes He uses this approach to discuss how much the North American Church has diluted Christianity into something that is far removed from its original radical nature, an undoubtedly important message as Christendom finally crumbles. I ve owned this book for years, but never really got into it Recently it was recommended to me again, so I revisited it and gave it another try After all, the book is a short read I read it in just a few hours while sitting on a plane The writing style is simple and easy to understand There isn t a lot of thought required to process any of the theology It is very accessible to people in all walks of life This book is best for individuals who are slowly learning to step out of their fundam I ve owned this book for years, but never really got into it Recently it was recommended to me again, so I revisited it and gave it another try After all, the book is a short read I read it in just a few hours while sitting on a plane The writing style is simple and easy to understand There isn t a lot of thought required to process any of the theology It is very accessible to people in all walks of life This book is best for individuals who are slowly learning to step out of their fundamentalist upbringing It is a gentle introduction to progressive Christianity In the pages of this book, Benjamin Corey encourages the reader to focus on Jesus alone, to boldly live out Christ s teachings, to be inclusive, and to love selflessly I personally didn t get a lot out of this book The author made a lot of points I agree with, but it seemed a little too basic and repetitive I don t regret reading it, but I probably wouldn t read it again For an apologetic piece of literature, this book was a refreshingly honest and hard won critique of American Christianities Corey argues that the antidote to our cultural dillution of the message of Jesus is to simply follow the words and actions of Jesus as they appear in the NT While this book is a great tale of personal transformation due to those teachings, as well as a guide to the themes Jesus is said to have advocated over and over, I feel that bringing a historical lens to the messag For an apologetic piece of literature, this book was a refreshingly honest and hard won critique of American Christianities Corey argues that the antidote to our cultural dillution of the message of Jesus is to simply follow the words and actions of Jesus as they appear in the NT While this book is a great tale of personal transformation due to those teachings, as well as a guide to the themes Jesus is said to have advocated over and over, I feel that bringing a historical lens to the messages would be a great addition I would have loved to hear Corey s thoughts on the apocalyptic context in which the message first developed