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by Chris Tiegreen


In Fixing Abraham Chris Tiegreen examines 17 examples from the Bible in which His people behaved in odd, puzzling and ways that would indeed be interpreted as ungodly by the casual observer.

In Fixing Abraham Chris Tiegreen examines 17 examples from the Bible in which His people behaved in odd, puzzling and ways that would indeed be interpreted as ungodly by the casual observer. Now we have the full span of scripture to tell us how things turned out, how God views these people, and how in turn we should see them.

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Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen is subtitled How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds Us to the Wild Ways .

Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen is subtitled How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds Us to the Wild Ways of God. This book is a fascinating look at how the heroes that we study and admire from the Bible were used by God in unexpected and unusual ways that if we saw them today we would probably denounce. Chris Tiegreen's "Fixing Abraham" is a remarkable book that will put God into the proper perspective as it encourages the reader to see the Lord more clearly and read the Word with greater passion, depth and truth. This thoughtful work of non-fiction begins by telling the reader that we've been looking at Biblical things, things of faith, all wrong.

Would we reject the Bible's heroes if we encountered them today? What would we say to Abraham about child .

Would we reject the Bible's heroes if we encountered them today? What would we say to Abraham about child sacrifice, to Ruth about the appearance of immorality, or to Jesus about the company he kept? Acclaimed writer and author Chris Tiegreen calls us to reconsider the sometimes sanitized way we portray our faith heroes-and the lessons we can learn from them. In the process, he challenges us to be more open to the wild and holy ways of a good and mysterious God. SaltRiver is an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers (ww. yndale.

Fixing Abraham: How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds us to the Wild Ways of God by Chris Tiegreen. The book is refreshing in that it allows us to see the radical nature of the Bible, taken away from its connection with Churchianity

Fixing Abraham: How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds us to the Wild Ways of God by Chris Tiegreen. Salt River, February 19, 2009. Abraham, why don’t you give up sheepherding and go into the ministry? He’s not a tame lion. But he is good, said Mr. Tumnus. The book is refreshing in that it allows us to see the radical nature of the Bible, taken away from its connection with Churchianity. In reading this book, Tiegreen helps us see the truly dramatic and unique ways that God acts in history. It is also a convicting reminder that God uses the weak and foolish people of the world to accomplish his will.

We'll have things fixed soon. Name above all names Worthy of our praise My heart will sing How great is our God. How great is our God, sing with me How great is our God, and all will see How great, how great is our God. More on Genius. About How Great is Our God. How Great Is Our God is a CCM worship song from Chris Tomlin’s 2004 album Arriving. In addition to rising to on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs, the song has become ubiquitous in churches nationwide and even won the GMA Dove Award for Worship Song of the Year twice in both 2006 and 2008.

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Would we reject the Bible's heroes if we encountered them today? What would we say to Abraham about child sacrifice, to Ruth about the appearance of immorality, or to Jesus about the company he kept? Acclaimed writer and author Chris Tiegreen calls us to reconsider the sometimes sanitized way we portray our faith heroes—and the lessons we can learn from them. In the process, he challenges us to be more open to the wild and holy ways of a good and mysterious God. SaltRiver is an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers (www.tyndale.com).
Alsantrius
This book takes a look as some of the Major Prophets from the Old Testament, and Jesus Christ, and attempts to put them, and their actions, in a more modern context, and let's you examine what your own reactions might have been. It's an eye opener for anyone who wants to be more humble and compassionate.
Giamah
Love it!
Umor
He reads too much into Scripture. Comes with preconceived notions and unpacks them where they don't belong.
invincible
Chris is such an amazing author and so in touch with the subject he is writing about. Very insightful and anyone who reads it will be very blessed.
Hystana
very thought provoking and right on target. Issues that are not easily dealt with but which require an honest approach to life as a believer in Jesus Christ.
Marilbine
I don't usually do non-fiction, but the title and idea of Fixing Abraham caught my fancy and I knew I wanted to check it out. I'm not disappointed. It is fascinating reading.

When we read about our Biblical heroes such as Abraham, David and Solomon, for example, we tend to forget about their all-too-human acts and misbehavior. This book by writer Christ Tiegreen takes a look at these guys in a modern context. I'll give one example, but you'll have to get the book to see the others.

In one chapter the author sets the scene of a conversation between two men, officials in a ministry destroyed when their leader falls into blatant and public immorality. The ministry is ruined, the leader disgraced, and now these two men are contemplating a warehouse full of products that no one will ever buy. Even if the leader repents and is forgiven, can he ever return to the ministry? Will the public allow that? Okay, you've got the picture, I'm sure.

Now, let's take a look at Solomon. Or David. Either one will work. David? He committed adultery with a married woman then ordered her husband killed so he could marry her. Sure, we all know that yet we still revere his as a man whom God loved. Same with Solomon.
But put either one of them in today's culture, what would happen? Would we go to the bookstore to buy and read David's Psalms after we learned about his sin? Or Solomon's Proverbs? Or Song of Songs, or Ecclesiastes? Or would we begin to question the words we once loved and cherished and look on them now with suspicion? After all, David was an adulterer and a murderer.

"If Solomon had been teaching and writing today and then faltered as he did, Proverbs would be thrown into the evangelical Dumpster."

I'm going to stop here. You really need to read this book. It will give you a whole new perspective.

Oh! Consider this: Mary, Jesus' mother, today--engaged but unmarried, pregnant yet still a virgin
Whiteflame
Picture this. God asks you to sacrifice the child you've been struggling to conceive for decades and you do it - no questions asked. Handily God steps in and saves your child, providing a goat in his place. Whew. The only thing is you didn't know in advance how this would all play out. You were sold out, following God, no matter the cost. How would your spouse feel; your church family; how quickly would you be committed to a mental institution?

Yet this very scenario is one of the foundational events found in the book of Genesis. Abraham's obedience to the command of God resulted in his standing in God's books as a man of great faith. God was impressed, but was anyone else? In Fixing Abraham Chris Tiegreen examines 17 examples from the Bible in which His people behaved in odd, puzzling and ways that would indeed be interpreted as ungodly by the casual observer. Now we have the full span of scripture to tell us how things turned out, how God views these people, and how in turn we should see them. But what did it look like up close? What would it look like now if these events took place in modern congregations? Might there be implications here for our own individual faith-walks with Christ?

In an attempt to answer these questions Tiegreen deconstructs the shiny, happy, sanitized facades modern church has built around the lives of our spiritual ancestors. Stripping away warm fuzzy explanations, Tiegreen reveals how inappropriate the behaviour of these spirit-led individuals was not only in our own culture, but in theirs as well. In their pursuit of God, behaviour is exhibited which often seems contrary to the scriptural principles we hold dear. All of our best assertions as to what God would never do, who He would never use, or what He would never ask of us are swept downriver in a flood of contrary evidence.

Each example is initially presented in the modern context, often taking the form of bizarrely humourous dialogue and settings. The current-day version of Hosea telling his small-group buddies he's about to marry a prostitute is priceless. Many of the modern-evangelical reactions to the situations examined throughout are humorous or heartbreaking. Commentary follows dealing with the original incidents and how they were likely perceived at the time, and how God worked through these unusual happenings. Some of the examined scenarios seem to be a stretched a wee bit far, and by book's end Tiegreen had already made his point thoroughly, leaving me longing for his conclusion.

While Tiegreen's illustrations seem to run on, his Introduction is striking, fresh, and worth every penny of the purchase price. I was challenged deeply on my own positions and stretched to consider God's wild ways in new light. I slapped my thigh and exclaimed in delight and wonder on numerous occasions throughout the introductory section. Indeed the introduction is the best Christian non-fiction I've read this year! The author's premise is clearly laid out in his opening statements with all other chapters serving as illustrative examples. Get a copy and read the first portion if nothing else.

Tiegreen in no way is seeking to undermine the word of God or its authority, and references it extensively (wonderful footnotes). Instead, he encourages us to see the ways in which scripture itself points out the unconventional, unexpected ways He has called His people to walk. In looking at scripture without the lens of familiarity, the odd and even bizarre behaviours of our heroes of the faith cements the old maxim firmly in place: "God works in mysterious ways."

Fixing Abraham encourages believers to look beyond their carefully assembled systematic theologies and spiritual guidelines to the One who's really in charge. He doesn't always play safe, predictable, or easy, but if you're willing to follow Him hang on! You'll be drawn into His purposes, and chances are they won't be what you expected going in.
Fixing Abraham: How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds Us to the Wild Ways of God ebook
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Chris Tiegreen
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