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“Experimental Dojo-following

A review of
Practicing the Way of Jesus:
Life Together in the Kingdom of Love

by Mark Scandrette.

Reviewed by Jasmine Wilson.

  

Practicing the Kingdom - Mark ScandrettePracticing the Way of Jesus:
Life Together in the Kingdom of Love
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by Mark Scandrette.
Paperback: Likewise Books / IVP, 2011.
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“Practicing the way of Jesus begins with having an imagination for life in the kingdom of love, desiring that life, and then taking steps to live into that reality through tangible changes in our minds and bodies” (67). Mark Scandrette has found a method of making those tangible changes both in his life and in the lives of others through a method he calls “experimenting.” He defines an experiment as a practical act of obedience to Jesus that is creative and part of the process of finding out what pleases God (30), and ultimately, a sign of our journey as disciples of Jesus. The experiments should be embodied practices and communal—not just abstract ideas that you think about by yourself, but instead practical changes you and your friends make in your lives, such as being a vegetarian (either for a short period of time or for the rest of your life), giving away half your possessions, or finding someone in the sex industry and giving them the dignity of hearing their story.

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