A Better Freedom
When Michael Card first started attending an African American church, he was struck by how the congregation worshiped Jesus as "Master." He soon learned that during slavery, calling Jesus "Master" was a subtle way of saying that their earthly masters...
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When Michael Card first started attending an African American church, he was struck by how the congregation worshiped Jesus as "Master." He soon learned that during slavery, calling Jesus "Master" was a subtle way of saying that their earthly masters were not their true Master. This insight led Card on a journey of discovery, as he wondered, "What did it mean for African American slaves to acknowledge Jesus as Master? What did Paul, Peter, Jude and James mean when they acknowledged themselves as Christ's slaves? What would it mean for you and me to take upon ourselves the title 'slave of Christ'?" A Better Freedom explores the biblical imagery of slavery as a metaphor for Christian discipleship. Michael Card shows how the early church saw Greco-Roman slavery as a window into understanding Jesus both as the Savior who took on the form of a slave, but also the true Lord and Master who sets us free from our own slavery to sin. Come, let yourself be captured by the Master. And discover how you can be truly set free.
Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist and writer of "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has produced over 21 albums. He has also written numerous books, including A Fragile StoneThe Emotional Life of Simon Peter; Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity; A Violent Grace; The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book).
A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degrees in biblical studies, Card is currently at work on a Ph.D. in classical literature. He also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.
- When Michael Card First Started Attending An African American Church, He Was Struck By How The Congregation Worshiped Jesus As "master." He Soon Learned That During Slavery, Calling Jesus "master" Was A Subtle Way Of Saying That Their Earthly Masters Were Not Their True Master. This Insight Led Card On A Journey Of Discovery, As He Wondered, "what Did It Mean For African American Slaves To Acknowledge Jesus As Master? What Did Paul, Peter, Jude And James Mean When They Acknowledged Themselves As Christ's Slaves? What Would It Mean For You And Me To Take Upon Ourselves The Title 'slave Of Christ'?" <em>a Better Freedom</em> Explores The Biblical Imagery Of Slavery As A Metaphor For Christian Discipleship. Michael Card Shows How The Early Church Saw Greco-roman Slavery As A Window Into Understanding Jesus Both As The Savior Who Took On The Form Of A Slave, But Also The True Lord And Master Who Sets Us Free From Our Own Slavery To Sin. Come, Let Yourself Be Captured By The Master. And Discover How You Can Be Truly Set Free.
- <strong>i. Introduction: Beginning A Journey</strong>
- 1. "my Master"
- 2. A Better Freedom
- 3. One Word, Three Worlds
- <strong>part Ii: Becoming Slaves Of Christ</strong>
- 4. "i, Paul, A Slave Of Christ"
- 5. My Son, Onesimus
- 6. Eye-slaves And People-pleasers
- 7. Your Father's Name
- 8. "don't Worry About It"
- 9. Freed From And Freed To
- <strong>part Iii. Encountering Christ The Slave</strong>
- 10. Christ The Slave
- 11. Slaves Who Waited For The Way
- 12. Parables Of Slavery
- 13. The Servant Savior
- 14. The Death Of A Slave
- 15. Breakfast With A Wounded Slave
- 16. "capture Me, For I Am Fleeing"
- Epilogue: Freedom
- Coda By Sara Groves
- Appendix A: Comparison Of The Three Worlds Of Slavery
- Appendix B: A Lexicon Of Slavery
- Appendix C: A Letter Written On Behalf Of A Runaway Slave
- Appendix D: A List Of Possible Slave Names In The New Testament
- Appendix E: The Facts Of Modern Slavery
- About The Author