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the voices of amahoro

“So much death, so much hatred and distrust between tribes, so much poverty, suffering, corruption, andeverything must change injustice, and nothing ever really changed. Eventually I realized something. I had never heard a sermon that addressed these realities. Did God only care about our souls going to heaven after we died? Were our hungry bellies unimportant to God? . . . Or did God send Jesus to teach us how to avoid genocide by learning to love each other, how to overcome tribalism and poverty by following his path, how to deal with injustice and corruption, how to make a better life here on earth—here in East Africa?” || Claude Nikondeha

A reminder: the essential message of Jesus is that the kingdom of God is available to everyone, starting now. McLaren wants to ask, “what are the dreams of God.” The realization of these dreams on this earth is the kingdom of God.

“Today, for the first time, I see what Jesus meant by the kingdom of God. I see that it’s about changing this world, not just escaping it and retreating into our churches. If Jesus’ message of the kingdom of God is true, then everything must change. Everything must change” || Justine

A healthcare worker delivered this difficult speech to a group of evangelical pastors:

“Brothers, I am not a pastor, I am a healthcare worker. I do HIV/AIDS work in Khayelitsha. You pastors are causing such destruction in Khayelitsha. It reaches to the skies. I know you mean well, but you don’t realize that you cause devastation in the lives of the people among whom I work . . .

You specialized in healing, in getting people born again, in creating financially successful churches—but you need to go beyond that. It’s time to get a better message—something bigger than just those things. If you stop there, all your preaching is nonsense.”

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everything must change

i just picked up brian mclaren’s new book everything must change: jesus, global crisis, and a revolution of hope. i ameverything must change incredibly excited about digging into this book. and so in these next several posts i will summarize and maybe offer some reflection.

to get things going, here are mclaren’s two obsessions that guide his work:

  • what are the biggest problems in the world?
  • what do the life and teachings of jesus have to say about the most critical global problems in our world today?

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