Rumors of God is just what I needed to read right now. Written by Daren Whitehead and John Tyson, it explores what it means to be a christian today, so far removed for the first church of believers at Pentecost. Reflecting heavily on the biblical book of Habakkuk, the authors lay out a foundation for Christianity that will renew your spirit and answer questions about how God has called us to live.
I have read a few other books that also explore this idea of a "shallow Christianity", namely Radical by David Platt. While I found those books a little more life changing and motivational, I appreciated the message that Rumors of God delivers. Lately, I have found myself burdened by the lack of desire in our church culture to get to the root of who God is and what he asks of us. At times, I feel as though the gospel message has been so watered down that we are merely operating inside tried and true formulas, mostly based on tradition. The shallow Christianity that the authors discuss stands in opposition to the model of Jesus in the Bible. The Jesus/God we have created in our Christian culture often conflicts with truth from Scripture. The reality is that we are far removed from the missional life that God calls us to live. I think that Radical addresses the idea of the Great Commission more thoroughly, but there is a place for what the authors are trying to say through Rumors of God.
I enjoyed reading this book It seems like a good starting place for the believer who is jaded by how the church operates or with their own spiritual walk. It nails down the tenets of the faith and irons out misconceptions with Scripture and stories. The authors call us to abandon a life of mediocrity and to strive for the abundant life that Jesus promised us. I would also suggest the above mentioned book for further reflection.
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