Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World

Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World

by Lee Camp

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Lee Camp sets forth his vision of what it means to truly follow Christ. This substantially revised and expanded edition updates examples and adds chapter introductions, summaries, and study questions.See more details below


Lee Camp sets forth his vision of what it means to truly follow Christ. This substantially revised and expanded edition updates examples and adds chapter introductions, summaries, and study questions.

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Library Journal
In his first book, Camp (Coll. of Bible & Ministry, Lipscomb Univ.) plays on the titles of two Christian classics, C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. His definition of discipleship is as uncompromising as Bonhoeffer's, though he bases his arguments on the whole New Testament instead of using just the Sermon on the Mount, as Bonhoeffer did. Lee sharply criticizes a Christianity that wraps itself in the flag or in capitalism and the pursuit of material goods. Writing this book during the early stages of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, he strongly attacks the war and its justification and also rejects the greed and mindless consumerism of Western culture. His book is largely an argument against a Christianity characterized by triumphalism, militarism, nationalism, and materialism. He instead advocates a Christianity based on sharing, sensible frugality, and nonviolence. This book makes an effective presentation and will appeal to clergy, theology students, and patrons of church libraries; recommended for general and specialized collections.-Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Philip D. Kenneson
In this accessible yet challenging book, Lee Camp seeks nothing less than to recover for the church the language and practice of discipleship. For too long, 'discipleship' has remained an abstraction, separated from the nitty-gritty of what it means to follow the way of Jesus. Camp will have none of this. Instead, he insists that we wrestle with uncomfortable and impolite questions, daring to ask what everyday life might look like if Christians pledged ultimate allegiance to God's inbreaking kingdom rather than to the kingdoms of this world. A must-read for anyone who desires to follow the way of Jesus more faithfully.
—author of Life on the Vine
Richard T. Hughes
What a book! Profoundly biblical and revolutionary in its implications, this is surely the finest statement on the meaning of Christian discipleship that I have ever read. If you are not prepared to have your assumptions challenged and your life turned upside down, then by all means, don't read this book.
—author of Myths America Lives By
Stanley Hauerwas
Prayer as laughter? Surely not, but yes. Lee Camp, in this entertaining and serious book, helps us see how and why prayer sometimes can and should be a form of laughter. We can laugh because Camp helps us see that the gospel, the good news, gives us good work that is a check against the danger of taking ourselves too seriously. Drawing on the work of John Howard Yoder, Camp provides an account of discipleship that counters the widespread assumption that what it means to be a Christian is believing twenty absurd propositions before breakfast. This book will not only be a helpful introduction for those unacquainted with Yoder's work, but also those who count themselves theologians.
Duke Divinity School
Will D. Campbell
Be sure you are ready for solid food before beginning Lee Camp's Mere Discipleship. You will find here nothing of America's pop religion. Nothing of what some are calling electronic soul molesters, hurling to hearth and household a gospel to 'take up your cross and relax,' or 'take up your cross and get rich.' I found myself frightened at times, yet exulting in the knowledge that I was exposing myself to tough truth about the faith I claim. An uncommon experience not to be rushed.
—author of Brother to a Dragonfly
Mike Cope
I started reading Mere Discipleship as a minister and a professor, hoping to find a resource to help others. But I found that very quickly I was caught up into reading as a disciple, called again through Lee Camp's engaging writing to the way of Christ-the radical way of suffering servanthood. I highly recommend this to all who are weary of all the reductionistic approaches to Christianity and who are ready to explore what absolute allegiance to God's kingdom entails.
—author of One Holy Hunger

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