What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ today? And are Christians really prepared for the answers? In Mere Discipleship, Lee Camp sets forth his vision of what it means to truly follow Christ, challenging Christians to put obedience to Jesus as Lord ahead of allegiances to all earthly authorities--be they nationalistic, political, economic, or cultural. Camp clearly lays out a sound biblical framework of what disciples believe and therefore what they should do. This substantially revised and expanded second edition updates examples, adds chapter introductions and summaries, and includes new study questions.
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About the Author
Lee C. Camp (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of theology and ethics at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Mere Discipleship and the host of Tokens, a popular radio show based in Nashville. Camp speaks regularly to university and church audiences and has served in various ministry roles in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Nairobi, Kenya.
Table of ContentsPart 1: Reenvisioning Discipleship
1. "Radical" Discipleship
2. God's Way of Working
3. Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God
Part 2: What Disciples Believe
4. The Gospel: Repent, for the Kingdom Is at Hand
5. The Savior: The Slaughtered Lamb
6. The Church: The Body of Christ
Part 3: What Disciples Do
7. Worship: Why Disciples Love Their Enemies
8. Baptism: Why Disciples Don't Make Good Americans (or Germans, or Frenchmen)
9. Prayer: Why Disciples Trust God rather than Their Own Calculations
10. Communion: Why Disciples Share Their Wealth
11. Evangelism: How Disciples "Make a Difference"
Study Guide by Joshua J. Graves
What People are Saying About This
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
author of Myths America Lives By
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
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
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
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