New Book Challenges Christians to Skip the Casseroles and Stop Unfriending the World
Unlike Jesus is unlike most theology books because it is clear and filled with humor. Each chapter includes a carefully thought-out theological basis for action, practical suggestions for applying that theology, and questions for thought and discussion. Because of both its content and its format, Unlike Jesus is well-designed for use in small group settings or in a church-wide study.
Unlike Jesus makes a convincing and convicting case that we who love Jesus must also love the lost — and must stop cocooning ourselves within our churches. Christians need to get out more. But this doesn't mean we become friends of the world (a decision some disciples make contrary to God's Word and detrimental to their spiritual health).
Some Christians have simply "lost sense of the lostness of the lost" (Francis Schaeffer). Our hearts are not only "perpetual idol factories" (John Calvin), but are experts in excuse-making for not spending significant time with sinners. Unlike Jesus dismantles the top five excuses believers make for not being like the Lord Jesus, "a friend of sinners."
Practical advice is given to church leaders for developing a friendship-evangelism mindset in our churches. Dr. Dixon has even interviewed some of his unsaved friends on what keeps them from taking the gospel message seriously.
This book is clear, practical, and challenging. It will help to both educate and energize your church, empowering them to fulfill the gospel commission. Study questions make it suitable for small group and church-wide studies. It is available now from the publisher's web site (https://energiondirect.com) and through major online retailers.
About the Author:
Larry Dixon, PhD received his doctorate from Drew University in 1985, and is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Columbia International University and School of Missions. His passion is making the doctrines of the Christian faith understandable and enjoyable. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Heaven: Thinking Now about Forever, Whatever Happened to Heresy?, Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World, and When Temptation Strikes along with many journal articles. He lives in South Carolina with his wife Linda. They have two adult children and seven grandchildren. He blogs at larrydixon.wordpress.com. He conducts seminars on this topic as well as other "Theology Matters" subjects. He has done missions work in Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Moldova, Ethiopia, and Zambia.