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New book from the author of 'No Perfect People Allowed' helps you see yourself and others through the eyes of Jesus
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‘Mud and the Masterpiece’ by John Burke is written for Christians desperate to connect their faith with our growing anti-religion culture. Inside he explains through personal story and Biblical examples of Jesus how people are drawn towards Jesus but repelled by Christians.
Have you ever wondered why ‘sinners’ were drawn towards Jesus? Time and time again, you’ll read from the Gospels about broken, sinful people coming to Jesus but backing away from the religious. John Burke has noticed this, in the Bible and in his life experience, and wants to encourage Christians to act more like Jesus than the Pharisees.
This book is complete with a ‘Christianese Section’ at the back, explaining typical words many Christians use that are alien to the rest of the world. John encourages his readers to step back and think about what they say, who they say it too, and better ways to live as Christians in our broken world.
John Burke is the author of 'No Perfect People Allowed' and 'Soul Revolution', and the founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. Since 1998, Gateway has grown to over 4,500 members, made up mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. John is also the President of Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI), a non-profit organization, working to help church planting pastors and ordinary Christians "raise the church out of the culture."
John has spoken in fifteen countries to over 200,000 church leaders and Christians about reaching a postmodern, post-Christian culture. He and Kathy have been married twenty-one years and currently reside in Austin, Texas, with their two teenagers, Ashley and Justin.
Mud and the Masterpiece by John Burke was published by Baker in March 2013 and is our 30836th best seller. The ISBN for Mud and the Masterpiece is 9780801015632.
John Burke's premise in this book is that every person on the planet - including the one in the mirror - is a masterpiece. Sometimes there is a lot of 'mud' obscuring the beauty of the artwork, but we can learn to see through the mud to the real person beneath. It's also about treating people with grace and mercy, seeing them as Jesus sees them. Importantly, he emphasizes that we should learn to keep grace and truth together in tension, because God uses these tools in tandem to restore human beings. He writes "All grace with no truth is unloving. Some Christians desiring to offer grace completely ignore the gravity of our wrongs against God, others and even ourselves. We minimize the serious consequences of sin under the guise of grace. But this is not a loving thing to do."
I found this book compelling reading. It is peppered with many real-life illustrations. The first part looks at the attitude of Jesus to the people He encountered in the Gospels. Part two looks at the actions of Jesus as He sent people out on mission to encounter and restore the world around Him. It is a clarion call to mission with lots of practical advice. I just love Appendix A which is called "Christianese Defined". It should be compulsory reading for all of us who want to stop using Christian jargon in the presentation of the Good News!
Introduction: Do You Follow Jesus?
PART 1 | SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF JESUS
1. A Glutton, Drunk, and Friend of Sinners
3. Restoring Value
4. Calling Out the Masterpiece
5. Speaking Truth in Love
6. Respecting Freedom
7. Sharing Their Pain
8. Sharing Jesus’ Good Message
9. Hardened Mud and the Hammer of Truth
PART 2 | ON MISSION WITH JESUS
10. Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
11. Create Relational Momentum
12. Serve Your Neighbours With Your Neighbours
13. “Come As You Are” Learning Space
14. Everyone Can Develop Someone
15. Accelerate and Multiply With Worship and Teaching
Appendix A: Christianese Defined
Appendix B: Predestination and Free Will
“Beneath the surface of every broken person, there is a work of art waiting to be revealed. This book shows us how.”- Mark Batterson, author of 'The Circle Maker'.
“I wish all believers loved people who are far from God like John Burke does. Mud and the Masterpiece reminds us of our desperate need to join Jesus in the messy work of life-on-life discipleship.”- Ed Stetzer, author of 'Subversive Kingdom'.
"John is a man who not only knows Jesus, but that Jesus really saves and redeems broken people and makes them trophies of his grace. This book gets into the heart of the ministry that has characterized John's distinctive contribution to the contemporary church--that Jesus is Lord and Savior." - Alan Hirsch, activist and author of 'The Forgotten Ways'.
|Author / Artist||John Burke|
|Publisher||Baker (March 2013)|
|Number of Pages||304|
|Page last updated||20th April 2018|