Bold as Love
As Christians, we're called to love our neighbors-all our neighbors. But is that even possible? And can we truly love them well? People often think of their neighbors as those already belonging to their "tribe" or community. It's...
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As Christians, we're called to love our neighbors-all our neighbors. But is that even possible? And can we truly love them well?
People often think of their neighbors as those already belonging to their "tribe" or community. It's safe, it's easy, and it doesn't often cause conflict-politically or religiously. But in today's world, everyone and everything is interconnected globally in an ever-changing cultural landscape, while religious strife runs rampant. Is it feasible for Christians to live their faith boldly and lovingly while entering into a true relationship with "neighbors" of other faiths, both locally and globally?
In Bold as Love, Pastor Bob Roberts shows you what it looks like to live out your faith daily in the global public square among people of other faiths-Jews, Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists. While he admits that it can be challenging to engage people of other faiths whose beliefs are as strong as yours, he demonstrates how to enter into this critical dialogue in a radical yet loving way. "We have to learn to speak with one conversation and give the same message everywhere to everyone," he says. "We are commanded to love God and love others. And sometimes that requires risky boldness."
Roberts invites you to respond to this call to live a life of fearless and loving engagement with the world. So take the risk! Your faith wasn't made to live in isolation. It's something you do face-to-face, heart-to-heart, hand-to-hand. Whether you are in a suburb of Houston or a village in India, put away the fear and suspicion and, instead, answer the call to radically love others the way God loves. And get ready to see your life and the lives of those you touch-your family, your community, even your enemies-transformed!
Bob Roberts Jr.(D.Min., Fuller Seminary)is the founding pastor of NorthWood Church in the Dallas /Ft. Worth area, and has been involved in the planting of 100 congregations in the United States.
Bob also works in Australia, Asia, Afghanistan, Mexico, and Nepal helping with church planting and development and global engagement. He's involved with community development programs in local neighborhoods in the Fort Worth area and has worked with many denominations, institutions and organizations throughout the US in identifying new places to start churches and train church planters.
He is the author of The Multiplying Church: The New Math for Starting New Churches; Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World;and Transformation: How Glocal Churches Transform Lives and the World.