Further thoughts on his book Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within
As I mentioned in my first post on this book, Erwin McManus uses the metaphor of a barbarian for the Christian life. What puzzled me was not only that his call is to adventurous living, but also the, shall we say, mode of living that he encourages. He talks a lot about the passion that seems to be missing in the lives of many Christians, which is contradictory in nature for a people who are to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Then he takes a turn to the extreme by suggesting that we should be living lives of adventure and excitement in light of the gospel.
Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
What is living the Christian life supposed to look like? If we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, how different should our life look? In his book Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within, Erwin McManus seeks to answer those questions using an unlikely metaphor: a barbarian.
Previously released as The Barbarian Way, McManus argues that the life of the Christian should not be about getting all of life’s comforts or about awaiting our lives to start in the next. Instead he sees the power of the Christian life as one which challenges us to live dangerously, to take risks, and to discover uncharted territory in our world. Essentially, McManus teaches that to live the Christian life means to be a daredevil, and those who are not taking grand scale risks are not living the life that Christ died for us to live.
A Los Angeles church decides to make the big time by producing, writing, and directing a Doritos ad to enter a contest to win loads of cash and tickets to the Superbowl. The church in question is Mosaic, which (after doing some digging) is a Southern Baptist church which is headed by Erwin McManus.
The reason that I bring the Doritos ad to this forum is in part because when doing research for the post immediately before this one, it was curious to me why my link to www.erwinmcmanus.com lead me not to a page about none other than Erwin McMaus, but instead brought me to a screen with a single screen shot (above) and the words “We need your vote.”
What has occurred is that the creative powerhouse that is Mosaic teamed up to win a bunch of money. What better way to “get out the vote” but to replace your website with a forum to collect said votes.
When culling my email inbox this week I ran across this email I got way back on October 27, 2009 from Dan Kimball of Vintage Faith and author of They Like Jesus But They Don’t Like the Church. His reply was to a post (click here) in which I mentioned him in reference to my bleak journey into the heretical world of the Emerging Church. Undoubtedly, that journey started with on of Dan’s other books aptly titled The Emerging Church.
Read your blog about your journey into emerging church world and I found myself resonating and agreeing with your experience. I think I was further down the road obviously, but sounds like we both are thinking similar things now! that’s why I ended up forming origins with Erwin, Rick M. and some others.
Anyway, wanted to just say I scanned through your blog and I appreciated your thinking.
Every story has at least two sides. In part 1 I shared the dutiful reasons for my criticisms. Here is the other side of that story.
I have been on a journey of faith for most of my life. It has been difficult to say when that journey actually started, partly because it had so many eventful stops that have taken me in different directions along the way. Years ago I read The Pilgrim’s Regress by CS Lewis and it was in that reading that I was comforted to know that I was not alone. Although my journey has really not taken me too far from Christianity, it has led me down paths where I have had the honor of rubbing shoulders with people who have challenged me to think very differently about my own faith and who have instilled in me the value of being open to criticism and self-examination.