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Everything Must Change, by Brian McLaren

By an everyday book reader
January 1, 2008

Acclaimed author and Emergent church leader Brian McLaren states, "More and more Christian leaders are beginning to realize that for the millions of young adults who have recently dropped out of church, Christianity is a failed religion. Why? Because it has specialized in dealing with 'spiritual needs' to the exclusion of physical and social needs. It has focused on 'me' and 'my eternal destiny,' but it has failed to address the dominant societal and global realities of their lifetime: systemic injustice, poverty, and dysfunction."

McLaren asks, "Shouldn't a message purporting to be the best news in the world be doing better than this?" What he sets forth in this provocative, unsettling work is a "form of Christian faith that is holistic, integral, balanced, that offers good news for both the living and the dying, that speaks of God's grace at work both in this life and the life to come, both to individuals and to societies and the planet as a whole."

Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope
by Brian D. McLarenBook Picture

Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN: 9780849901836, 0849901839
Thomas Nelson
October 2007

I'm a rather ordinary person. I care about my young adult kids and the kids they may someday have. I care about my friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens and our common future on this beautiful, imperiled planet. I care about the billions of people I've never met and never will meet, including people who might be called my nation's enemies. I also care about our fellow creatures-brown trout and blue herons, raccoons and gopher tortoises, red dragonflies and royal palms, barrel cactus and woodland ferns. I care about all of these for a lot of reasons, especially because I am a committed follower of Christ, and people with this commitment, it seems to me, can't help but care about all these things. - Brian McClaren, quoted from this book

What do the life and teaching of Jesus have to say about the most critical global problems in our world today?

Starred Review. McLaren, a leader in the emerging church, issues a salvo of arguments for radical hope in the face of profound dilemmas. The prolific author and pastor identifies the earth's four deep dysfunctions that have created a suicide machine: crises in prosperity, equity, security and spirituality. What could change, he asks, if we applied the message of Jesus - the good news of the kingdom of God - to the world's greatest problems? Here McLaren builds on the theme of his 2006 book The Secret Message of Jesus - that bringing about the kingdom means transforming the world we live in - to propose that we create a hope insurgency. Using a close reading of the Gospels to challenge conservative evangelicals' emphasis on individual salvation, not to mention end-times theology and, by implication, the prosperity gospel, McLaren argues for establishing a beloved community based on justice, peace, equality and compassion. McLaren's conclusions are not new, but his ability to be clear and persuasive - and get the attention of a segment of America's Christians - are exceptional. While his critics will find yet more material for challenging McLaren's views, his supporters will consider this book a riveting call to a new conversion. - Publishers Weekly

Chapters in this book include:

  • Hope Happens
  • Two Preoccupying Questions
  • The Amahoro Flowing Between Us
  • Everything Must Change
  • Not What Jesus Intended
  • Second Thoughts Had Come to Stay
  • Suicidal System
  • Simmering on the Back Burner of My Mind
  • Three Interlocking Systems
  • That Could Never Happen to Us
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves
  • Reframing Jesus
  • How Much More Ironic
  • Switching Jigsaw Lids
  • No Junk DNA
  • Jamming the Accelerator, Slamming the Brakes
  • Or So It Appeared
  • Reintroducing Jesus
  • Peace Through Domination
  • Occupying Regime, Equity Gap, Excrement Factory
  • How Different It Would Be
  • Which Jesus?
  • The Security System
  • Joining the Peace Insurgency
  • Whose Side Are We On?
  • Layers and Layers More
  • Joining Warriors Anonymous
  • The Prosperity System
  • Capitalism as God
  • Obligations to Nonexistent Future People
  • Quick Bliss Through Footwear,Palate Grease, and Skin Paint
  • Collaboration for Co-liberation
  • The Equity System
  • On the Side of the Rebel Jesus
  • Beyond Blame and Shame
  • A New Kind of Question
  • Organized Religion or Religion Organizing for the Common Good?
  • A Revolution of Hope
  • The Most Radical Thing We Can Do
  • An Unfolding, Emergent, Spiraling Process
  • Exposing the Covert Curriculum
  • Moving Mountains

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