Subversive Jesus: an adventure in justice, mercy & faithfulness in a broken world
What if Jesus never called us to a white picket fence, 2.4 kids and a boring job? What if He's inviting us instead into something more daring, more profound, and more revolutionary than the status quo? Would that be a life worth living?
Subversive Jesus is the story of an experiment in putting the most subversive teachings of Jesus into practice. From subversive parenting to subversive charity, subversive hospitality to subversive citizenship and more - Jesus wants to turn our lifeless, old conventional wisdom upside-down.
Walk with our family as He leads us to the margins: initiating the Pirates of Justice flash mobs, sharing our home with detoxing crack-heads, welcoming homeless panhandlers and prostituted women to the dinner table, and ultimately sparking a movement to reach the world’s most vulnerable children.
This book is an invitation to say 'Yes' to Jesus and then do something courageous with your life.
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The Urban Halo: a story of hope for orphans of the poor
[Published by Authentic Media: 2007]
This book is about rediscovering an ancient way of doing mission in the 21st century, as insiders who walk alongside the poor, and a new way of caring for orphans, by working with people rather than for them. It is also a powerful critique of orphanages as a way of caring for vulnerable children. This is the story of our first six years living in a slum community in Asia and the exciting new paradigm in orphan-care that was birthed and now reaches hundreds of at risk children.
This month I'm giving The Urban Halo away free for new subscribers to my blog. It usually costs between $9.99 and $68 on Amazon. Get your copy here.
Living Mission: the vision and voices of the new friars
[Published by IVP: 2010, Edited by Scott Bessenecker, foreword by Shane Claiborne]
In Living Mission, I and other mission leaders write about a new movement afoot, one that goes against the prevailing Western missions model, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce. Presented here are five "signs of life," showcased by this network of movements best referred to as "new friars." This seminal book, edited by Scott Bessenecker, paints a picture of mission that is new only because it has been neglected for so long, a mission that is truly good news to the people in its path.