Jesus Manifesto, a new book by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola was not one for which I wanted to shell out $ until I knew more about it, but our library didn’t own it yet. I can’t resist using ILL (Interlibrary Loan), though, so I now have a copy in my lukewarm hands.
I’ve only read the introductory chapter so far, but there are quotable a-plenty. I’ll share a few here, and hope to remember them when interacting face-to-face with people, as well (maybe even in a summit-scale meeting on the afternoon of the morning I’m writing this).
What is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. … Christianity is the “good news” that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a person.
The world likes Jesus; they just don’t like the church. But increasingly, the church likes the church, yet it doesn’t like Jesus.
Something is wrong when it’s easier for some Christians to think of the world without Christ than the world without Bach or the Beatles or Bono.
“Who do you say that I am?” is the question required of every generation. . . . If we get our “you say” wrong, we get everything wrong.