Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God

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Freedom from judgmentalism.

Are you frustrated by a tendency to judge others? Pastor and award-winning author Greg Boyd asserts that God shares his unsurpassable worth with each of us, making the practice of judgment foreign to Christian character.

In Repenting of Religion, Boyd shows you how to begin practicing a religion of love rather than embracing judgmental doctrine based on our human perceptions of morality. He exposes lies we have ...

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Overview

Freedom from judgmentalism.

Are you frustrated by a tendency to judge others? Pastor and award-winning author Greg Boyd asserts that God shares his unsurpassable worth with each of us, making the practice of judgment foreign to Christian character.

In Repenting of Religion, Boyd shows you how to begin practicing a religion of love rather than embracing judgmental doctrine based on our human perceptions of morality. He exposes lies we have believed about ourselves and others and demonstrates the freedom we have for establishing true biblical community.

If you're ready to reap the rewards of loving others, this book is for you.

"Anything but another run-of-the-mill evangelical book, it is radical and revolutionary. It will make readers think critically about some traditional evangelical habits of the heart."—Roger E. Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"The local church is called to be God's community of redemption rather than the exclusive clique of rejection it has often become. This is a prophetic call to repentance."—Gilbert Bilezikian, author of Christianity 101

"Mere Christianity is religionless, Boyd rightly says. It is about dancing with the triune God. And, since it's all about mercy, let's love one another and stop judging."—Clark Pinnock, author of Most Moved Mover

Gregory A. Boyd is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of twelve books, including Seeing is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award winner Letters from a Skeptic.

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Boyd, pastoral theologian and author of Seeing Is Believing, presents a forceful, if one-sided, solution for Christians torn between judgment and acceptance. Drawing on biblical images including the Tree of Knowledge, the Samaritan woman at the well and Jesus' reputation as a "friend of sinners," Boyd argues that "the church must be the community of people who simply love as God loves." Christians who judge others are, in effect, eating forbidden fruit, labeling people as good or evil in exchange for a tainted boost of spiritual energy. Even in the context of church discipline with the best of motives, Boyd is skeptical about the benefits of confrontation and rebuke, decrying the "trust we have in our power of judgment rather than the power of God and his love flowing through us." Bucking evangelical convention is nothing new for Boyd, but his development of the biblical basis for his conclusions is less comprehensive than in most of his previous works. This is unfortunate considering that Boyd's proposals for the church-such as treating homosexuality and overeating as essentially equivalent issues-are already guaranteed to raise eyebrows among evangelical readers. While its message is engaging, this title incorporates more repetition and less nuance, more rhetoric and less practical pastoral guidance, than Boyd usually delivers. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801065064
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 437,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Boyd is the senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church (BGC) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of many books, including the best-selling Letters from a Skeptic, and formerly taught theology at Bethel College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : waking up to judgment 13
Pt. 1 The Trinity and the goal of creation
1 Dancing with Triune God 23
2 Life "in Christ" 33
3 The center is love 47
Pt. 2 The forbidden tree
4 Becoming the center 65
5 Love and religion 77
6 Love and judgment 101
Pt. 3 The lie and the curse
7 The lie about God 125
8 The lie about us 143
9 The curse 157
Pt. 4 Living in love
10 Reversing the curse 173
11 Confronting Pharisees 195
12 Love, confession, and accountability 209
Epilogue : repenting of religion 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Eye Opening

    This book opened up the scripture to me in a completely new light. The book of Romans is much less enigmatic and the rest of the Pauline letters take on a more urgent call away from works and towards the obediance that results from Love of God rather than love of your particular religion or doctrinal dogma illustrating how we can trip over the same stumbling blocks as the Jewish converts in early Church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    Challening and Foundational

    This book is absolutely foundational to helping us understand the way in which christian faith and love is to be lived out. the discussion of where we get 'life' from is something that is powerful for every christians. Greg challenges traditional christian thought of judgement and love and causes us to truly look at the manner in which we live out our lives. without love, there is nothing.....

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