I Am Not A Social Activist: Making Jesus the Agenda

I Am Not A Social Activist: Making Jesus the Agenda

by Ronald Sider

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Overview

How can Christians today truly live like Jesus and be more faithful disciples? Ronald J. Sider takes a fervent look at these and other foundational questions, many of which have been the passion of his life. As founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action, Sider for more than three decades has worked toward a meeting of the minds between two "branches" of the church vine. In the essays in this book, Sider calls on those in the evangelical stream to become more aware and concerned about poverty, injustice, and peacemaking, while he urges socially active Christians to embrace the great commission and to be more committed to Christ than to political agendas. In I Am Not a Social Activist Sider urges all Christians to "make the Incarnate One the center of all we think and do."

"'I'm not a social activist,' claims Ron Sider in his latest book, a collection of his essays just out from Herald Press. How can Christians today truly live like Jesus and be more faithful disciples? Sider takes a fervent look at these and other foundational questions, many of which have been the passion of his life. As founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action, Sider calls on those in the evangelical stream to become more aware and concerned about poverty, injustice, and peacemaking, while he urges socially active Christians to embrace the great commission and to be more committed to Christ than to political agendas. In I Am Not a Social Activist, Sider urges all Christians to 'make the Incarnate One the center of all we think and do.'"

—ePistle

"The rediscovery of a social conscience is an encouraging development in evangelicalism today. Ron Sider is one of those clear-minded, balanced evangelicals who combines evangelistic passion and social concern with theological reflection and pas-toral pragmatism. This adds up to a voice worth listening to, and I Am Not a Social Activist, as an introduction to Sider's work, may leave you wanting to pursue the issues further by reading another of Sider's more detailed volumes."

—Lee Beach McMaster Divinity College, McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780836193961
Publisher: MennoMedia
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Myron S. Augsburger     11
Preface     13
Jesus, Be the Center
'What Keeps You Going, Ron?'     17
I Am Not a Social Activist     21
Visibility, Vanity, and the Media     25
Reflecting the Whole Christ     29
Family and Marriage
My Father's Briefcase     39
Living Between Christmas and Easter     43
Twice Helpless, Always Beloved     47
The Awesome Goodness of Human Love: A Meditation at Christmas     51
Wedded Witness     55
Departures     59
Devotional Snuggling     63
Theological Fragments
Heaven Is Not My Home     67
Naming Sin and Communicating Compassion     71
Embracing Finitude     75
Politics and Christmas     79
Naturalism Versus Theism: An Honest Search for Truth     83
Combining Evangelism and Social Action
A Tale of Two Churches     91
Holistic Ministries Start Small     95
Eight Keys to Holistic Ministry     99
Injustice Against Women     103
Evangelicalism
Why Would Anybody Ever Want to Be an Evangelical?     109
Are Evangelical Leaders on Their Way to Hell?     115
AnAlternative Evangelical Voice     119
Needed: A Progressive Evangelical Network     123
On Giants' Shoulders     127
What Should Evangelicals Do Now?     131
A New Evangelical Consensus on Politics?     135
The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience     139
Never Before in American History     143
Taking Another Step Together     147
Wealth, Poverty, Materialism and Sabbath
They're Still Hungry; We're Still Rich     153
Christians and Materialism: Is It 'Godly'?     157
Consumers, Advertisers, Workaholics, and the Sabbath     161
A Growing Movement to Overcome Global Poverty     165
Peace and Nonviolence
What Exists Is Possible     171
War and Peace: It's Time to Live What We Preach     175
The Way of the Cross: Nonviolent Resistance     179
Thinking Politically
Can Our Politics Be Christian?     185
If I Had One Political Wish     189
Could Churches and Synagogues Help?     193
The Congress That Stole Christmas     197
Needed: An Evangelical Political Philosophy     201
Should We Have Attacked Iraq? What Kind of World Will We Promote?     205
Blinded by Fright     209
The Author      213

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Endorsement

"Ron holds together evangelism and social responsibility, worship and witness, prayer and action.... It is this holistic faith, this pattern of behaving our beliefs, to which these chapters call us." —Myron S. Augsburger, from the Foreword

"Ron Sider provides a refreshing alternative to the stereotypical American evangelical. His columns remind us of Christ's calling to love our neighbors as ourselves. Side illustrates that true evangelism is about loving the poor, opposing war, supporting nonviolence, and caring for people of all colors and cultures." —Daoud Kuttab, Palestinian journalist and Princeton University Ferris Professor of Journalism

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ericbradley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a collection of small editorials written or spoken by Sider over the past fifteen years, this easy to read book flows like a memoir. While I am not convinced with Sider's views on politics, he is a breath of fresh air: a evangelical focused on social justice with a lifelong testimony to back it up.