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When Bad Christians Happen to Good People: Where We Have Failed Each Other…

by Dave Burchett

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There's a dirty little secret in the Christian world: Christians can be mean. And not just merely mean but backbiting, cruel, underhanded, deceitful...you name it, Christians can prove that they are only human after all. So, what do you do when the "good" Christians in your life actually turn out to be a negative influence in your life? How do you move on?

Burchett takes his reader through the problems plaguing the modern church, and also reveals what he sees as the underlying/root causes of these issues. Finally, he ends with a call to the church to go back to its roots, so to speak. He encourages Christians to follow Jesus' life and example more closely, examine their lives in light of Biblical truth more honestly, and to live as simply in faith as is possible. Hurts happen, but there is not only a remedy, but a cure.

Burchett's writing is clear, open, honest, and enlightening. He uses the most simple of truths to convey his message, but it still hits hard. I love how he expressed himself near the end of the book "Christians must understand what the gospel is and how to communicate it effectively. We must demonstrate love and an attitude of service to others. And we must grow in Christ and offer something different from what society offers. Grace. It is our distinctive." Such a plain truth, but important nonetheless. Firstly, Burchett does not wildly point fingers all around. He approached his audience with gentleness, identifying himself as a culprit along with the reader. Secondly, he brings focus back on Christ and serving others. Lastly, he reminds the reader that grace is not just something that has been bestowed up on them, but that it is something that every Christian should extend to each person with which they come in contact. Only then can we see healing and a reversal of the damage "bad" Christians have caused in our world. ( )
  MissWoodhouse1816 | Feb 23, 2014 |
An excellent critique on many of the customs and practices of modern Evangelical Christianity, their incompatibility with the Gospel, and how they repel people from Christ.

The author focuses on the judgmental environment present in many churches, how divisions are manifest, the many barely profitable (if at all) matters which Christians focus on as opposed to what is truly important, the disconnect between Christian profession and Christian practice, the use of jargon incomprehensible to non-Christians, the inanity of Christian merchandising, the ugliness manifest in the culture wars, the distance between what Jesus actually taught and what many Christians believe, relative ignorance of theology, a lack of true love, and the need for grace.

This is an important exhortation for all to hear. Your toes will be stepped on at some point or another. Yet, in the end, the author does well at showing what is truly important in terms of the Gospel and how we can do better at reflecting Christ than culture, upbringing, and tradition.

Highly recommended.

**--book received as part of early review program ( )
  deusvitae | Jun 8, 2013 |
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While I applauded the author's intent -- to get his readers to be more thoughtful regarding the way they express the faith they profess -- there ar many other works which accomplish his primary purpose better. I would likely not recommend this work. ( )
  jlhilljr | Aug 10, 2012 |
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This book is worth reading, seen as an expression of the author's struggles with how Christianity is expressed in today's society. I found it thought-provoking, but not earth-shaking. It is definitely one of the better pop-theology books I've picked up recently. ( )
  mcdermott | Jun 4, 2012 |
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This was a book worth reading to help challenge and review a person's expression of Christianity. ( )
  tboonstra | May 17, 2012 |
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Skeptics argue that if Christians actually have access to absolute truth, then Christianity should produce a better grade of human being. Author Dave Burchett, a Christian, agrees. Christians follow the most humble Man who ever lived, Jesus Christ. Ironically, many Christians have concluded that knowing God through Jesus gives them permission to be arrogant and intolerant. To outsiders, the church often looks like an exclusive religious club. For insiders, the church frequently is a battleground where believers fight over ego-driven requirements and secondary doctrinal issues. These are things that Jesus of Nazareth preached against. Dave Burchett's family fell victim to the small-minded variety of Christianity, and in this revised and updated edition of When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, he presents a new, biblical course of action that relies on God's grace rather than manmade rules.

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