Our nation is in crisis, both politically and spiritually. Can the way of Jesus guide us forward? This is your invitation to go deeper, from New York Times bestselling author Jim Wallis.
Jim Wallis is a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher, and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker, and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. He is the Founder, President, and Editor-In-Chief of Sojourners, and is the author of 12 books, including America's Original Sin, God’s Politics, The Great Awakening, and The Call to Conversion. He served on President Obama's White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University. “Coach Jim” also served for 22 seasons as a Little League coach for his two baseball playing sons.
In Christ in Crisis, bestselling author, renowned speaker, and iconic Christian activist Jim Wallis argues that our cultural and political crisis largely stems from how the American church has become disconnected from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Building on the popular and controversial “Reclaiming Jesus” declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America’s moral crisis—to which 5 million people responded—Wallis points to eight radical questions central to Jesus’ teaching: the Neighbor Question, the Image Question, the Truth Question, the Power Question, the Fear Question, the Caesar Question, the Peacemaker Question, and the Discipleship Question. By asking ourselves these questions, we can measure whether we are thinking and acting “in Jesus’ name.” As he has done throughout his career, Wallis’s prophetic vision and pastoral wisdom both provoke and counsel, guiding us forward during this time of confusion and fear. He reveals how following the teachings of Jesus emboldens and empowers us to “be not afraid”, but to act in courage and hope.
“A spiritual health-check for the ailing, wheezing American body-politic. As Jim writes, 'Don’t go right, don’t go left; go deeper.’”
“For far too long, we’ve ceded the power and person of Jesus to political movements with no ambitions toward His radical love. Reclaiming Jesus is not only our responsibility, it is necessary now more than ever. This is a book for right now, for all God’s people.”
“This is Jim Wallis at his best, a “Jesus book” better than any I’ve seen in some time, and could not be more timely or more challenging. It offers a drink of fresh water to anyone who has felt despair at the state of the world—Christian and non-Christian alike.”
“Hold this book in your hands like a moral compass. With mastery and clarity, Jim Wallis has crafted a handbook for our times — a way to interpret Jesus’ life and wisdom for a nation in crisis, to inspire Christians and non-Christians alike in the labor of love and justice.”
“To choose to follow Jesus is necessarily to engage in a quarrel with the world, which Jim Wallis has reminded us for fifty years. This is a timely reminder of what it means to confess ‘Jesus is Lord’.”
“Jim Wallis offers those weary of our world’s hopelessness a choice and a way out. A compelling 'must read' for those seeking to follow Jesus by loving the "neighbor" who is not like us, as the first step in reclaiming Jesus and ending the crisis of our time!”
“The Quran says that Jesus is a wonder and a mercy to humankind. In this book Jim Wallis shows us just how much we need to return to those central Jesus qualities, and to embody them ourselves. It is a book that is both timely and timeless.”
“Jim Wallis gives us a book that could well be titled Following Jesus Again for the First Time. With prophetic fire, he shows that the political and religious crises of our time arise from a failure of following the Jesus of the New Testament. Read this book and go deep.”
“In times that are testing who we are as a nation and a people, Reverend Wallis reminds us of the lifeboat that has been there for us all along: faith. Christ in Crisis calls us back to the most fundamental lessons of the gospel, reminding each of us -- and our country -- that acts of compassion, service, dignity and grace are not just the acts of a faithful Christian, but the path towards a stronger, kinder nation.”
“Our nation is in crisis. The questions Christ posed in his day, about truth, power, justice and of anyone who claimed to be his followers, offer clues for facing our current moment.” - Jim Wallis
Reclaiming Jesus Now with Jim Wallis is a ten-episode podcast series on the themes of JimWallis’ new book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus. Wallis is joined by two voices from a rising generation of activists, William Matthews and Allison Trowbridge, who seek to reconcile their own spiritual journeys with the present spiritual and political crises we face today.
Jim Wallis’ new book, and the conversations in this podcast, are organized around eight timeless and provocative questions Jesus Christ asked or provoked while pursuing his call: The Neighbor Question, The Image Question, The Truth Question, The Power Question, The Fear Question, The Caesar Question, The Peacemaker Question, and The Discipleship Question.
These questions confront all of us with an invitation and a choice. How will you respond?