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Mere discipleship : radical Christianity in a rebellious world
Camp, Lee C.
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Grand Rapids : Brazos Press, [2003]

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208 pages ; 23 cm
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What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ today? And are Christians really prepared for the answers? In Mere Discipleship, Lee Camp sets forth his vision of what it means to truly follow Christ, challenging Christians to put obedience to Jesus as Lord ahead of allegiances to all earthly authorities--be they nationalistic, political, economic, or cultural. Camp clearly lays out a sound biblical framework of what disciples believe and therefore what they should do. Employing sophisticated yet accessible theology, this book will interest clergy and laypeople alike as they strive to be disciples.

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Lee Camp is assistant professor of Christian ethics at Lipscomb University in Nashville Tennessee.

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Booklist Review

It is easy to forget that Christianity began as a radical religion, that the assertion Jesus is Lord is radical. Camp reminds us of the faith's radical roots. He starts in the most Christian country in Africa : Rwanda, a land rife with ethnic tension and violence between two ostensibly Christian tribes. He shifts to Nashville, arguably the most Christian city in the U.S., and there, too, is tension, albeit not violence, between the two largest denominations in town, Southern Baptists and Churches of Christ Baptists, longtime antagonists. As Camp sees it, this is wrong. There should be no compartmentalization of faith: you either follow Christ or not. He believes that contemporary Western culture subverts the Christian message, and he suggests a reading of the New Testament that aims to help his readers understand discipleship in a more authentically biblical way. Such practices as worship, baptism, and prayer are God's gifts, he says, rather than things we must do --that is, rather than elements of rote ritual. A fascinating and erudite examination of true Christianity. --June Sawyers Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

In his first book, Camp (Coll. of Bible & Ministry, Lipscomb Univ.) plays on the titles of two Christian classics, C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. His definition of discipleship is as uncompromising as Bonhoeffer's, though he bases his arguments on the whole New Testament instead of using just the Sermon on the Mount, as Bonhoeffer did. Lee sharply criticizes a Christianity that wraps itself in the flag or in capitalism and the pursuit of material goods. Writing this book during the early stages of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, he strongly attacks the war and its justification and also rejects the greed and mindless consumerism of Western culture. His book is largely an argument against a Christianity characterized by triumphalism, militarism, nationalism, and materialism. He instead advocates a Christianity based on sharing, sensible frugality, and nonviolence. This book makes an effective presentation and will appeal to clergy, theology students, and patrons of church libraries; recommended for general and specialized collections.-Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Part 1 Reenvisioning Discipleship
1. "Radical" Discipleshipp. 15
2. God's Way of Workingp. 27
3. Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of Godp. 41
Part 2 What Disciples Believe
4. The Gospel: Repent, for the Kingdom Is at Handp. 57
5. The Savior: The Slaughtered Lambp. 73
6. The Church: The Body of Christp. 99
Part 3 What Disciples Do
7. Worship: Why Disciples Love Their Enemiesp. 119
8. Baptism: Why Disciples Don't Make Good Americans (or Germans, or Frenchmen)p. 137
9. Prayer: Why Disciples Trust God rather than Their Own Calculationsp. 151
10. Communion: Why Disciples Share Their Wealthp. 165
11. Evangelism: How Disciples "Make a Difference"p. 187
Notesp. 195