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The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor

Hardback|Nov 2010
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Jesus didn't see a sick woman, he saw a daughter of God. He didn't see an outcast from society, he saw a child of Israel. He didn't see a sinner, he saw a person in the image of the Creator. ...


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Jesus didn't see a sick woman, he saw a daughter of God. He didn't see an outcast from society, he saw a child of Israel. He didn't see a sinner, he saw a person in the image of the Creator.
^^Seeing rightly is the beginning of renewal, forgiveness, healing and grace. Seeing rightly, says Mark Labberton, is the beginning of how our hearts are changed.


^^Too often, however, when we look at people we see problems or inconveniences on the one hand, or opportunities to be taken advantage of on the other. When we begin to see others with the eyes of Jesus, the stage is set not only for our own heart change but for a change in the world where life and justice can flourish.


^^Through the careful self-examination that unfolds by the power, grace and wisdom of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, we begin to bear the fruit of love toward others that can make a difference in individuals and in society.


^^Here is a chance to reflect on why our ordinary hearts can be complacent about the evils in the world and those in our neighborhood. This is not an easy book. But it is a necessary book. For it shows how Jesus sees us.


^^Includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion^


-Publisher

2011 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Jesus didn't see a sick woman, he saw a daughter of God. He didn't see an outcast from society, he saw a child of Israel. He didn't see a sinner, he saw a person in the image of the Creator. Are we able to see others with the eyes of Jesus? Seeing rightly is the beginning of renewal, forgiveness, healing and grace. Seeing rightly, says Mark Labberton, is the beginning of how our hearts are changed. Through careful self-examination in the Spirit, we begin to bear the fruit of love toward others that can make a difference. Here is a chance to reflect on why our ordinary hearts can be complacent about the evils in the world and how we can begin to see the world like Jesus. With each chapter broken into brief segments punctuated by questions, this book is ideal for both personal reflection and group discussion. See what happens when you take a chance on the dangerous act of loving your neighbor. Your vision might just be changed forever.
-Publisher

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Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) joined Fuller Theological Seminary faculty in 2009 as Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching after 16 years of service as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. Dr. Labberton has been involved in ministry for over 30 years and has spoken before a broad range of audiences, including numerous conferences and events for the Presbyterian Church (USA), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the National Pastors Convention, and the International Justice Mission. He has also taught courses at New College Berkeley for Advanced Christian Studies.
In 1982 Labberton co-founded the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (CISF) - an organization funding the advanced theological education of Christian leaders from the Majority World, including executives of relief organizations, college and seminary faculty, and denominational presidents - and served on the board of CISF for 17 years. He has also worked closely with John Stott Ministries, the U.S. member of Langham Partners International, which provides books, scholarships, and seminars for Majority World pastors. Labberton served as chair of John Stott Ministries from 2001 to 2004 and co-chair of the John Stott Ministries Global Initiative Fund from 2004 to 2007. Today he continues to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission.


Labberton recently published The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice (2007), and in early 2010, InterVarsity Press will be releasing his next book on worship and the injustices of the heart, which he sees as the bedrock of much public injustice called The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus. He has published articles in periodicals such as Christianity Today; Radix, and Leadership Journal, the latter which he also serves as contributing editor.

  • Introduction: The Injustice Of The Heart
  • Part I: Discovering Where We Live
  • 1 Our Address
  • 2 Paying Attention To Paying Attention
  • Sabbath Encouragement
  • Part Ii: Seeing
  • 3 The Problem Of Misperceiving
  • 4 Learning To See
  • 5 Self-seeing
  • 6 The Crux
  • Sabbath Encouragement
  • Part Iii: Naming
  • 7 Choosing Names
  • 8 A New Name
  • 9 Social Naming
  • 10 Distorted Names
  • 11 Changing Names
  • Sabbath Encouragement
  • Part Iv:acting
  • 12 Free To Act
  • 13 Suffering
  • 14 Practicing Dignity
  • 15 The Act Of Worship
  • Sabbath Encouragement
  • Conclusion: Just Hope
  • Group Discussion Guide
  • Acknowledgments

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