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Choose Love Not Power: How to Right the World's Wrongs from a Place of Weakness

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All too frequently, Christian activists at both ends of the political spectrum see power as the primary instrument for saving the world. "If we just had the power," they say, "we could set everything right." I want to say to them, "I wonder why Jesus didn't think of that!"

The world's most pressing problems-the degradation of God's creation, economic instability, systemic inequality, perpetual war-demand solutions. Shouldn't the urgency of these issues compel us to grab every ...

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Choose Love Not Power: How to Right the World's Wrongs from a Place of Weakness

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Overview

All too frequently, Christian activists at both ends of the political spectrum see power as the primary instrument for saving the world. "If we just had the power," they say, "we could set everything right." I want to say to them, "I wonder why Jesus didn't think of that!"

The world's most pressing problems-the degradation of God's creation, economic instability, systemic inequality, perpetual war-demand solutions. Shouldn't the urgency of these issues compel us to grab every tool at our disposal...even Power? Or should we reject political, economic and religious might in favor of the "Weakness" of love? Anyone who is passionate about setting right the world's many injustices must wrestle with these questions.

In Choose Love, Not Power, Scholar and activist Tony Campolo examines Jesus' life uncover a "theology of Power" for His followers today. Dr. Campolo writes, "Jesus chose a harder way. He chose the way of the cross. He would save the world not through Power, but through sacrificial love." This is a guidebook for a Church that has struggled for centuries to follow the Savior's example. Are you ready to choose the harder way?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780830751242
  • Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
  • Publication date: 12/24/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Campolo is a professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), an organization that develops schools and social programs in various third world countries and in cities across North America, Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He is a media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, and has appeared on Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, The Colbert Report, and CNN News. He cohosted his own television series, Hashing It Out, on the Odyssey Network, and presently hosts From Across the Pond, a weekly program on the Premier Radio Network in England. Dr. Campolo is the author of more than thirty books, including Letters to a Young Evangelical and Red Letter Christians: A Citizen's Guide to Faith and Politics.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition 7

1 Power Plays in the Peaceable Kingdom 11

2 Love and Power in the Family 25

3 Women with Power 37

4 When Children Get Power 49

5 Religious Power Plays 69

6 Holy Terrors 79

7 Glorious Authority 93

8 Rulers in the Upside-Down Kingdom 115

9 What to Do While We Wait for the Second Coming 135

10 The Sins of the Powerless 155

11 The Painful Cost of Conquering Love 175

12 When God Does His Stuff 193

13 Living Without Power 205

Some Concluding Words 217

Endnotes 221

Acknowledgements 223

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