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Jul 13, 2009


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Travis Greene

I probably should buy this, but having followed your whole series I feel like I don't need to! I'll add it to my ever-growing wishlist of books.

Dana Ames

Thanks. It has been an interesting read. I lean a little more toward the idealism pole, but I surely do see what you mean about what you admire about this book. Our faith has to be expressed in actual practices for it to be "realized" for us, and to make any sense to people around us. The underlying eschatological Shalom brought into the present is very important for that.


Michael W. Kruse


You win the award for the most frequent commenter on this series. Therefore, if you'll send your mailing address to me at [email protected], I'll send you a copy.


"The underlying eschatological Shalom brought into the present is very important for that."

That, to me, is the rock bottom core of the book ... (kept in balance with impossibility of full shalom until the consummation of the new creation.)

John Stackhouse

Many thanks to Michael for the extraordinary honour of this series. I have mostly stayed out of it because I blush easily, but also because Michael has quite impressively argued on my behalf not only in the posts but perhaps even more acutely in the comments.

May I assure our friends of the Yoder/Hauerwas outlook that I have indeed read quite a bit of both. Indeed, I knew John Yoder and liked and admired him immensely. (I have had a couple of encounters with Brother Hauerwas as well, but they were public and so I didn't see the warm side of him to which students of his eagerly testify--he was all prickles both times we disputed!) Michael has warned readers that I engage these brothers (and their school of thought) at length and with some care, so I do hope you won't dismiss what I'm saying in terms of "Well, Stackhouse should just read 'The Politics of Jesus'" (which I have used as a textbook in theology courses off and on for twenty years), etc.

I have poured a lot of reading, teaching, thinking, and praying into this book, and I feel well heard by Michael--a very great pleasure for an author. And, as he says, he didn't capture it all (it's a pretty big book), so I do hope some of you will indeed read it.

With warm greetings in Christ,

John Stackhouse

Michael W. Kruse

The pleasure was all mine.

I can't believe how much is packed into every page of the book. Blogging through it has helped me to see several things I had missed on the first two passes.

Thanks for this great book. It is major contribution to my discipleship and will figure significantly in some writing I'm doing.

Travis Greene


If you're serious, I'll take you up on it. I've enjoyed the series.

Total agreement is boring (and I certainly hope, in light of Prof. Stackhouse's comments, that I'm not arrogant enough to think everybody would come to the same conclusions as me if only they read the right books), and in any case, we need more of this kind of serious thinking about how the gospel impacts the real world.

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