The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith

The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith

by Stuart Murray

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In churches and kitchens and neighborhood centers across the world, communities of Jesus-followers are crafting a vision of radical service, simple living, and commitment to peace. Many are finding a home in a Christian tradition almost five centuries old: Anabaptism.

Who are the Anabaptists? What do they believe? Where did they come from? What makes them different from other Christians? And can you become an Anabaptist without leaving your own church?

Follow Stuart Murray as he peels back the layers to reveal the core convictions of Anabaptist Christianity, a way of following Jesus that challenges, disturbs, and inspires. Glimpse an alternative to nationalistic, materialistic, individualistic Christian faith. If you are seeking a community of authentic discipleship, heartfelt worship, sacrificial service, and radical peacemaking, consider this your invitation.

This new edition features:

  • Voices and stories from North America and the global church.
  • Updated and expanded definition and discussion of Christendom.
  • Updated resource section.

Free downloadable study guide available here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780836199833
Publisher: MennoMedia
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Edition description: New Edition, 5th Anniversary
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 982,089
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stuart Murray helps direct the Anabaptist Network in Great Britain, and serves the network as a trainer and consultant with particular interest in urban mission, church planting, and emerging forms of church. He has written several books on church planting, urban mission, emerging church, the challenge of post-Christendom, and the contribution of the Anabaptist tradition to contemporary missiology. He is the author of The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, Planting Churches in the 21st Century: A Guide for Those Who Want Fresh Perspectives and New Ideas for Creating Congregations, and Church Planting: Laying Foundations.

Table of Contents

Part I

1. Uncovering the Anabaptists

2. The Essence of Anabaptism

Part II

3. Follow Jesus

4. Read Scripture through Jesus

5. Thrive after Christendom

6. Reject Status, Wealth, and Force

7. Create Communities of Discipleship and Mission

8. Seek Justice

9. Pursue Peace

Part III

10. The Original Anabaptists

11. Anabaptism Today

Resources on Anabaptism

Study Guide


The Author

What People are Saying About This


The Anabaptists are beginning to make more and more sense to a world that is increasingly aware of the emptiness of materialism and the ugliness of militarism. Anabaptist logic is rooted in the wisdom of the cross of Jesus. It seems the world is poised for a new Anabaptist movement, and Naked Anabaptist may well be the spark that lights the fire. —Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution

I fully share Stuart Murray’s enthusiasm for what the Christian community at large can learn from the Anabaptist way of being Christian, and I hope you’ll share my enthusiasm for this book. Please read it and encourage others to do the same! —Brian D. McLaren, author, speaker, and activist

As we who are kingdom pilgrims journey out of Egypt through the wilderness of post-Christendom Christianity, Stuart Murray invites us to dialogue with a group and a tradition that has been on this journey for almost five centuries. I’m confident that all who are on this journey will benefit tremendously from this work.—Gregory A. Boyd, author of The Myth of a Christian Nation and The Myth of a Christian Religion

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