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

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

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by Gregory A. Boyd
     
 

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We human beings are burdened by our tendencies to harshly judge others and ourselves. Unfortunately for believers, this bent is as prevalent in the church as in the world.

Pastor and author Gregory A. Boyd calls readers to a higher standard through understanding the true manner in which God views humanity: as infinitely worthwhile and lovable. Only an

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We human beings are burdened by our tendencies to harshly judge others and ourselves. Unfortunately for believers, this bent is as prevalent in the church as in the world.

Pastor and author Gregory A. Boyd calls readers to a higher standard through understanding the true manner in which God views humanity: as infinitely worthwhile and lovable. Only an attitude shift in how we perceive ourselves in light of God's love can impact how we relate to people and transform our judgmental nature.

Believers wrestling with the reality of God's love and Christians struggling with judging in the local church will appreciate this examination of how we move from a self-centered to a Christ-centered life.

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Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801065064
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
745,599
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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Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.....