There are a number of books that describe how we should live the Christian life as opposed to how we are actually living it. Some are helpful, some are not. Frank Viola has hit on that theme once again in his recent release, Revise Us Again: Living from a Renewed Christian Script. The notes he sounds are common; his intended audience is the church. This book is a love letter to Christians, written from an insider, calling us to reform.
Viola's basic premise is simple: "Revising is a process. And it begins with opening ourselves up to the possibility that the script we have been given in life is not perfect. It's in need of regular evaluation and reevaluation." Not only does this apply to our cultural and familial heritage, but also to our Christian past. Viola turns his attention toward just that--the dynamics that have played themselves out in the church, and examines how we think about God, how we speak, how we preach the gospel message, how we understand Christian identity and spiritual formation, how we relate to our brothers and sisters across traditions, and how we cast vision for the scope of our life and ministry. This book touches on a number of concerns, and Viola admits that many of his statements will seem plain and intuitive. They are, however, good reminders; the Bible consistently reminds us that the people of God have poor memories and must be reminded of many things.
If you're interested in the book and would like to read it yourself, comment below and provide one example where you have seen God "rescript" your own way of living as a Christian. Viola identifies numerous ways that his own understanding of the Christian life has been reshaped, from how he describes his discernment of God's voice, dropping Christianeze, clarifying his exposition of the gospel, his attitudes, his spiritual expectations, and his overall ministerial vision. How has God changed your lived expression of the Christian faith?
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