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A Call to Radical Love


Last night, I watched this sermon by Shane Claiborne of the Simple Way, an intentional community in the “bad lands” of north Philadelphia. He shares his incredible story of how God has led him throughout his life to learn what it means to take Jesus’ words seriously and really follow him. He was born in east Tennessee and was raised as a Methodist. He went to a “get saved” meeting each year and got born again, again and again. Then he went to Eastern in Pennsylvania and found himself reading an article about homeless people who were being evicted from an abandoned Catholic church. He and 100 others got involved by moving into the church with the homeless and suffering with them while sharing the love of Messiah. I won’t give too much away, because it is a beautiful story. He also interned with Mother Theresa in Calcutta and has done some incredible things in Philadelphia since then.

His message centers on love–not merely being nice to people while distancing oneself, but really learning to live a life of love with those who are suffering the most in the world. What would the world be like if we all did this? Was Jesus serious when he said that when we love the hungry, the naked, the imprisoned, the sick, we are doing it to him? Here is his message, I trust you will find it thought-provoking and challenging. Total length is 51 minutes.

5 Responses to “A Call to Radical Love”

  1. on 11 Jul 2008 at 8:48 amKyle

    Shane Claiborne also has two books out: “The Irresistable Revolution” and “Jesus For President”. While I haven’t read “Jesus For President”, I have read “The Irresistable Revolution” and suggest it to anyone especially any who have found this sermon both thought provoking and inspiring.

  2. on 11 Jul 2008 at 10:46 amVictor

    A few highlights for me:

    What a question to ask – “What if he meant it?” I have been reading through the gospels lately and I am reminded of the words of the one I call my Lord – the call he is making of me is high – and he will help me. As Shane says in this sermon “there is nothing extraordinary in being a believer – but being a follower, a lover.” Our limits are too small and our standards too low. May the church start being like Christ rather than the world.

    Awesome point about Saul of Tarsus. Even the terrorists are not beyond redemption.

    Kyle and others, Shane’s book “Jesus For President” is one of the best books I have read – I HIGHLY recommend it for everyone as well.

  3. on 11 Jul 2008 at 10:58 amPatty

    l John 2:6 The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the manner as he walked. very challenging to say the least there will be those who will try to deceive you in how that looks, the anointing which you received will teach you and l John2:15, 16. Without being controversal for the mere sake, can you think of any devious deceptions? The touch of the women on the child was breath taking what more can be said

  4. on 11 Jul 2008 at 11:45 amSean

    I’m reading Jesus For President right now and am enjoying most of it. I disagree with Shane on his deapocalypticiszed view of Jesus (i.e. I think Jesus was talking about the cataclysmic coming of a new government when he spoke of the kingdom). Even so, the book has been a breath of fresh air especially around this time when we are poised between the 4th of July and the coming elections for US president.

  5. on 12 Jul 2008 at 1:48 pmKyle

    sounds like I need to find myself a copy of that book then!


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