Into the Fray: How Jesus's Followers Turn the World Upside Down

Into the Fray: How Jesus's Followers Turn the World Upside Down

by Matt Mikalatos


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In the earliest days of the Christian church, the gospel spread out from Jerusalem in a burst of incredible stories. A man who could calm a stormy sea with a word, who healed the lame and the blind, who raised the ire of the religious leaders, and who even raised people from the dead. Compare this organic, even entertaining, method of spreading the Good News to how we are often encouraged to evangelize today, with clever arguments and our defenses already up in anticipation of rebuttal. Somewhere along the way, we've lost the plot to the greatest story ever told.

Now Matt Mikalatos invites us back into God's story, both to find our place in it and to rediscover the wonder that the apostles saw in their listeners as they told the story of Jesus, the Messiah they knew personally and loved fiercely. As they lose themselves in modern retellings of the events of the book of Acts, readers will find that sharing the story is easier and more rewarding than they ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016318
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 885,166
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matt Mikalatos is the author of The First Time We Saw Him, My Imaginary Jesus, and Night of the Living Dead Christian, and has been on staff with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for fifteen years. Matt is an active member of the group blog at, and can also be found at Matt has a master's degree in biblical theology from Western Seminary. Matt and his family reside near Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Salutation 11

1 Beautiful Feet on Distant Mountains 15

1 The Origin of Fire 27

3 Ordinary Earthquakes 39

4 Dead Money 51

5 The Outlaws 67

6 "Waiters and Parking Lot Attendants 79

7 The Effeminate Foreigner 97

8 Those Who Are Far Off 109

9 The Sail 125

10 Hero Worship 139

11 Breaking the Law 151

12 Stealing Zeus 161

13 Upside Down 175

14 The Story Tellers 185

15 Frayed 199

Postscript 207

Acknowledgments 209

Discussion Guide 211

Notes 219

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Into the Fray: How Jesus's Followers Turn the World Upside Down 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently picked up Into the Fray by Matt Mikalatos. I have to say, I was incredibly disappointed in this book. This is literally someone's guess at what the events related in the book of Acts would look like if they occurred in the modern day. Now, that sounds intriguing and very interesting, but it was anything but. Think of The Message, but more corny. I spent so much time rolling my eyes that I couldn't even finish the book. Perhaps, if you can be more imaginative when it comes to Scripture, you would enjoy this book. But I myself prefer a more literal approach than what is portrayed in this book. Not something I would recommend. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.