Jesus Wants To Save Christians

I’ve just finished my second read through of Jesus Wants To Save Christians, the latest Rob Bell book. Been mapping out a little of the directions it goes in…

Whose land is it, anyway?

A story about progress

East of Eden

An economy based on fear -> keeping us safe is v profitable

The cry of the oppressed

Anti-kingdom

An empire of indifference

Exile as a consequence of infidelity

A new Jerusalem, a new kind of exodus

Suspended promises

What kind of Son of David are you?

What do you do when your religion isn’t big enough for God?

Swords into plowshares

A story of movement: no one city/ religion/ perspective/ worldview can contain it

If the church gets converted, the whole world will follow

America as empire -> the bible is oppression narrative

We forget God by forgetting the widow, the orphan, & the refugee

Confusing blessing with entitlement

“American lifestyle is not up for negotiation” -> oil

Vicious cycle of the priority of preservation

Military spending -> empires accumulate

Founding of America & its wealth -> Native American genocide?

Followers of Christ missing the central message of the Bible?

Symbol of the revolution -> remember -> good gift

Being the Eucharist costs -> body broken, blood poured

“Me too”

Jesus wants to save us from ____

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4 Responses to “Jesus Wants To Save Christians”


  1. 1 Holly December 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Mine arrived btw…

  2. 2 supersimbo December 11, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    started to read it but got distracted from it, will get back to it over the holidays

  3. 3 rick hill December 12, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    i’m loving it. first half just gives an incredible journey through the old testament and the ONE big story of God. very inspiring

  4. 4 emmsy December 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    @ supersimbo: looking forward to your thoughts on it, after all, it was you who got me started on rob bell…!

    @ rick: glad you’re enjoying it so far. sometimes i have to remind myself how radical this is for a large number of people to read (being someone who works for an international development agency and cant read the bible without seeing justice & mercy…)


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