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The Vital Humanness
of Moral Leaders

A Review of 

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
David Gushee / Colin Holtz

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Aaron Morrison


Moral Leadership for a Divided Age works best as an introduction to moral leaders who have made a positive impact through their deep conviction to work for the common good. Readers may wish other leaders would have been included, or they may be disappointed in the limited reflection on how moral leaders form us into better people. Nonetheless, David Gushee and Colin Holtz have designated a well-intentioned list of remarkable people whose lives have much to teach us about being good citizens in a divided polis.

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Prepared to Act Faithfully As Christians
A Review of

A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Fear to Faith in Unsettled Times
David Gushee

Paperback: WJK Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Bailey Shannon
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have taken over the internet, TV channels, magazines, and every news source in the United States. Anyone who is not living under a rock has seen, heard, and participated in this painful presidential election.  There are many valid reasons for American Christians to be upset, anxious, and confused as it relates to the future of their country and the people living in it. One of the most important actions a Christian citizen of the United States can do is vote.  When we vote it should not be because of an unhealthy commitment to a political party or a blind following of some political figure. Our vote must be well-rounded, educated, and influenced by our commitment to Jesus.

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A Biblically Rooted Ethic of Life
A Feature Review of

The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future.
David Gushee. 

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2013. 
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

(This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog, and is re-published here with permission.)

What does it mean to call human life sacred?  Is it just a word or does it have implications?  If you turn on the news, it would appear that life is anything but sacred.  Every day people are assaulted, killed, raped, maimed, and degraded.  Humans are enslaved and trafficked.  They’re forced to work and live in horrid conditions.  So, is human life really sacred?


If we were to take seriously the message delivered by David Gushee in his new book The Sacredness of Life, then things would be different.  The message is pretty simple – because God has pronounced life to be sacred, then we should treat each other with a respect and a love that is fitting someone or something that is consecrated by God.
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A Challenge to the American Christian Public System.

A Feature Review of

A New Evangelical Manifesto:  A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good
David Gushee

Paperback: Chalice Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Alex Dye
No matter how many times I read about evangelicals, their history, their theology and their current work, I find myself struggling to piece it all together, to explain who they are and how they came to be.  Perhaps it is because it is not a centrally defined movement and so much of its history and faith is nebulous in that it started in different places by different people who acted in different ways with similar core beliefs.  In the introduction to A New Evangelical Manifesto:  A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good, editor David P. Gushee offers his definition of evangelicalism as a foundation for the essays that are to come:


    “…evangelicals are spiritually serious, theologically orthodox, evangelistically engaged, morally earnest Protestant Christians, members of hundreds of particular denominational traditions and tens of thousands of congregations all over the country.  (You will find other ways of defining evangelicals in this book.  But that’s good enough for now.”( ix)

In this characterization, Gushee does not explain what evangelicals believe but rather wishes to define the movement as a wide variety of adherents apart from the most radical sects within, usually identified as right wing conservatives and fundamentalists.

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