"Times change and situations seem to change, but there is still a great need for prophets, for God's ambassadors, to stand up and be counted. Who will dare to be Paul the Apostle today, or Dorothy Day, or Francis of Assisi, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Who will dare, when God calls, to say, 'Here I am, Lord. Send me’?" —from the Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Meet twelve fascinating—at times, intimidating—Christian change agents who were unafraid to ask what God would have them do in the face of life’s realities—and unafraid to go ahead and do it. Their words and actions challenged the status quo, and in so doing they showed the face of Jesus to the Church and to the world.
Whether calling us to live simply in the name of Jesus, showing the way to genuine peacemaking, or exemplifying the true meaning of courage, the legacies of these blessed troublemakers continue to inspire us today … if we let them.
Paul of Tarsus • Mary Magdalene • Origen of Alexandria • Francis of Assisi • Hildegard of Bingen • Thomas Cranmer • Sojourner Truth • Dorothy Day • Dietrich Bonhoeffer • Janani Luwum • Oscar Romero • K. H. Ting
The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, PhD, is canon to the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, a noted scholar in the worldwide Anglican Communion and distinguished visiting professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. Robertson serves on several national boards and has published many books and articles (see www.ckrobertson.com), including The Book of Common Prayer: A Spiritual Treasure Chest—Selections Annotated&Explained; A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus (both SkyLight Paths); Transforming Stewardship; Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives and Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles. He has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Education, the White House and in the film and television industry. He is a respected speaker on leadership development and conflict management.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu ix Acknowledgments xi Prologue: The Outlaw xiii
1 Paul of Tarsus: The Catalyst 1 2 Mary Magdalene: The Witness 17 3 Origen of Alexandria: The Innovator 31 4 Francis of Assisi: The Radical 45 5 Hildegard of Bingen: The Visionary 59 6 Thomas Cranmer: The Reformer 72 7 Sojourner Truth: The Liberator 85 8 Dorothy Day: The Activist 95 9 Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Resister 107 10 Janani Luwum: The Revivalist 121 11 Oscar Romero: The Advocate 133 12 K.H.Ting: The Reconstructionist 146