Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I haven't been challenged by a book like this in a while

Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker is really hitting me at the heart.  I started this book during our Haiti trip this week and it dovetails so much with what I've been thinking and feeling lately.  I'll finish it up this week and write more about it, but for now, I wanted to share a few quotes from it over the next few days:


Matthew 25 gives a clear vision that when we serve the least we serve Jesus — that somehow and someway our eternity will be connected with how we respond to the least. They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. MATTHEW 25: 44 – 46 

Stearns offers a modern-day version of this passage: 


For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. 
I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. 
I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. 
I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. 
I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. 
I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved. 

RESV — RICHARD E. STEARNS VERSION

Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture  



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