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February 07 , 2009

Crossroads of Agony


Churches have devoted a great deal of time and money developing ways to make Christianity attractive to the masses. Leaders have broadcast messages about a “prosperity gospel” while others create near infomercials of their churches about what they have to offer: elegant sanctuaries, exciting youth spaces, and even family life centers that boast gymnasiums and coffee bars. But is this the type of Christianity Jesus was referring to in his ministry? Jesus told his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:34-35). This pathway resonates with people who can see beyond the gimmicks and the “what’s in it for me” attitude towards religion. It demands personal sacrifice and the belief that suffering is a central feature of true discipleship. Crossroads of Agony delves into the historical roots of the Christian movement revealing the fertile soil of suffering and the emerging roots of a spirituality that values personal sacrifice. This examination of the early church utilizes three venues: scripture, history, and literature before connecting this theme to the church today. The text is meant for advanced Christians who are searching for the core teachings of their Savior, regardless of how difficult they are to hear. With clarity and unhindered boldness, Crossroads of Agony serves as a guide through the side of Christianity most were not taught in Sunday school and one few are exposed to in sermons. If you ever felt that something is missing from your faith life and that the church’s message isn’t going deep enough, then you’re ready for the next step. Gather together a small group, read the book, and embark on discussions that will surely push the envelope of what you believe. In the end, the conclusion is yours to create: Can you embrace suffering as the cornerstone of Christian discipleship or is it too frightening? Explore your faith today with Crossroads of Agony and find out!
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