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In doing so, Shelly considers questions important to Christian life and identity.

In doing so, Shelly considers questions important to Christian life and identity. I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian (and I Liked Him Better Then) (9780891122715) by Rubel Shelly. He is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Proposal (Leafwood, 2003), The Jesus Community (Leafwood, 2005), and The Names of Jesus (Howard Books, 1999). He ministered for twenty-seven years with the Woodmont Hills Family of God in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time, he has also taught at Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Tennessee State University. from Vanderbilt University.

He's spot on. In I Knew Jesus Before He was a Christian, the author asks the . Author Rubel Shelly has it right. This book has so much more to say and I admit it has me thinking. In I Knew Jesus Before He was a Christian, the author asks the question why church is so unattractive to so many people and attempts to show where we got lost. He does a great job of it too. Is the author anti-church? Not at all. Jesus was someone everyone wanted to know - before he became a Christian. While this title may seem irreverent, it isn't. Shelly is just telling it like it is - Christians have destroyed the name of Christ. I highly recommend i. .Aug 24, 2012 Michael O'Neal rated it it was amazing.

7 quotes from Rubel Shelly: 'Heard as a moralist’s diatribe, the Sermon on the Mount is an impossible-to-bear judgment. Read as a series of mandates for Jesus’ disciples, it is an standard. Heard as heaven’s dream for the creatures made in God’s own image, however, the sermon becomes an or world of Eden restored. Read as the Heavenly Father’s reality in which we participate as his children by being transformed into the likeness of the one Perfect Son, it is our new-creation identity dawning on us and forming in our daily life habits.

Asking why Christianity is unattractive to so many people, this book contrasts . The book explores how churches can do a better job of representing Jesus to the world.

book by Rubel Shelly.

You're here Christian Books Index I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian (and . Without abandoning love for the church or forgetting the biblical mandate for its presence in the world, Rubel Shelly explores a model for thinking of church in terms that are more personal than institutional.

You're here Christian Books Index I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian (and I Liked Him Better Then). In doing so, Shelly considers questions important to Christian life and identity.

He is known primarily as a preacher. Shelly has been involved in debates and academic lectures on Christian apologetics, ethics, and medical ethics. Shelly has also served with such groups as the AIDS Education Committee of the American Red Cross. Changes in theological emphasis. I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian and I liked Him Better Then, Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Publishers, 2011. ISBN 978-0-89112-271-5.

and I Liked Him Better. Asking why Christianity is unattractive to so many people, this book contrasts a revolutionary Jesus who changed the world with a marginalized church that is being ignored by our culture. And it explores how churches can do a better job of representing Jesus to the world.

Author of over 30 books, Shelly is a professor at Lipscomb University and the former president of Rochester College.

Rubel Shelly, author of "I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christia. nd I Liked Him Better Then" preaches There’s A New World Coming Sunday morning, the first Sunday of Advent. Author of over 30 books, Shelly is a professor at Lipscomb University and the former president of Rochester College. His work has been largely influential in calling unity to the body of Christ and is widely cited by many pastors & scholars.

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and I liked him better then. Published 2011 by Leafwood Publishers in Abilene, Tex But today is the Sabbath! Caught red-handed! Learning to play well on the road. Jesus could use a good PR agent. Church as defender of human dignity. The ministry of amateurs. Published 2011 by Leafwood Publishers in Abilene, Tex. But today is the Sabbath! Caught red-handed! Learning to play well on the road.

Asking why Christianity is unattractive to so many people, this book contrasts a revolutionary Jesus who changed the world with a marginalized church that is being ignored by our culture. And it explores how churches can do a better job of representing Jesus to the world.

Has ''the church'' become a barrier to faith? Is what our culture knows as ''the church'' a near approximation of Christ's presence in the world? Or does ''the church'' give a distorted view of Jesus as businessman, showman, huckster, or fraud?

Without abandoning love for the church or forgetting the biblical mandate for its presence in the world, Rubel Shelly explores a model for thinking of church in terms that are more personal than institutional.


Comments: (7)

Kiutondyl
The author has thought about how to be most pleasing to God and how to harness the power of the church that he died for throughout his lifetime. This book is a significant breakthrough in theology and yet the simplicity of the gospel message. It is my prayer that the entire world would read this book with an open mind and in deep humility with the only thought being how we might please the Creator who gave his only Son so that we might have hope.
Maucage
Rubel Shelly hit the nail on the head with insight shared in this book. For years I've pondered a fuller way to show love to others in and out of the church. So neat to read about relational church and how we can be on the mission field in any profession or circumstance in life. Rubel gave a voice to so many things I have also considered, and he did it in such a succinct, scripture based way. I enjoyed getting to know more about Jesus and what He stood for and what he was opposed to. I hope the church can adapt these beliefs and make changes so more unbelievers can be touched and drawn to a community of lovers of God and of others.
Dorilune
Rubel Shelly, seems to me to be a disgruntled member from the faith heritage of the churches of Christ. He has some thought-provoking things to say. And I am glad to have read it. However, I will not read i t again. He sound like the "Down-with-Christianity crowd." His proposal is to make our churches all like AA meetings. I have nothing against AA or AA meetings. They are a useful tool to help addicts of different sorts. As such they could be used whole or in part in a small group of Christians with similar needs. But, really! is that a substitute for Christian worship. I for one like, my church and love my Christian brothers and sisters. We are an imperfect bunch. But Rubel Shelly did not give a viable alternative.
Burirus
As someone brought up in a Southern Protestant denomination, I have frequently been saddened by some of the expressions of so-called Christian love I have witnessed. Rubel Shelly presents a well-thought-out discussion of how far we as institutional churches have strayed from the message Jesus presented by words and deeds.
Boraston
Like many being disillusioned by church I still had an inner desire to acknowledge the good found in church and often overlooked. I was attracted by the title "I knew Jesus before He Was a Christian and I Liked Him Better Then" and after reading the first chapter I knew this book was written for me. I suggest this book be used for small group study and that participants listen to the author and each other to deeper experience the good that can be found in the church. Wisdom flows throughout this book. If you have ever liked Jesus but questioned church activity, buy this book now! I think it's great! To enhance your discussion The Magic of Listening
Ramsey`s
Rubel Shelly takes us back to Jesus' ministry and shows us what the Kingdom of God, on earth, was supposed to look like. Then he shows us how Constantine incorporated the church. While it was Constantine's initiative to move the church away from God's plan, it is each and every one of us that claim to be followers of the Christ, that perpetuate this deviation from God's plan.
SadLendy
The author has an interesting view
This book is the only one I have read in over ten years that was new, refreshing and thought provoking. I'm not one of those new-age, anything goes or "if it makes me feel good, it must be true" believers. But if you are, this may be a good book for you. I'm what one would call an evangelical and this book is definitely for you. If you are from a "believe it my way or the highway" then this is an absolutely "MUST READ." Because it will perhaps change your mind. If you want only confirmation of what you believe and don't want to think more (Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees come to mind) then don't waste your time, money or life; just waste your soul.

No need to think beyond what you are already capable of. However, you may be more capable than you think. . .so waste your money and buy the book - then read it. It may change your mind or even your life. It may not but for a few bucks what have you lost? Really only the price of a couple of hamburgers that will be gone after you sit on the toilet tomorrow. What fills your mind, heart and soul may last forever. Or not. It's your money. Invest it where you want.
I Knew Jesus before He Was a Christian... And I Liked Him Better Then download epub
Ministry & Evangelism
Author: Shelly Rubel
ISBN: 0891122710
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Ministry & Evangelism
Language: English
Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (May 15, 2011)
Pages: 208 pages