All Set Free: How God is Revealed in Jesus and Why That is Really Good News
What is the ending to the human drama? Will all be reconciled to God in the end? Does God demand an altar, a corpse, and blood? Or, rather, is the Christian God set apart from all the other gods throughout history? All Set Free sets out to answer some of the more difficult questions Christians today are faced with. It will challenge the Augustinian understanding of hell and the Calvinist understanding of the atonement; replacing them with a more Christ-centered understanding of both doctrines. This book will also use the work of René Girard in order to reshape how many understand “what it means to be human.” Then and only then should we ask: “Who is God?” Come explore what has become Matthew’s theological pilgrimage to this point. Come discover the God of peace.
Michael Hardin, Executive Director of Preaching Peace, editor/author of eight books, including The Jesus Driven Life
Ric Machuga, Professor of Philosophy, Butte College; Author of Three Theological Mistakes: How to Correct Enlightenment Assumptions about God, Miracles, and Free Will
Anthony W. Bartlett, Co-Founder and Contributing Theologian at Theology and Peace; Author of Virtually Christian: How Christ Changes Human Meaning and Makes Creation New
Gregory A. Clark, Professor of Philosophy, North Park University
J. Denny Weaver, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Bluffton University
Tom Truby, Member of Theology & Peace; United Methodist pastor in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference
Andre Rabe, Founder of Always Loved Ministries and Author of Desire Found Me
Bradley Jersak, Author of A More Christlike God
From the Blood of Abel: Humanity’s Root Causes of Violence and the Bible’s Theological-Anthropological Solution.
While millions of believers around the world are finding their understanding of Christianity to be outdated and untenable, Matthew Distefano has managed to paint the Gospel in such a way that even an atheist could appreciate its beauty. Rather than a message of rapture, or rewards and reprisals, Distefano presents the good news of what God has done in history to stem the tide of our own violence and evil—inviting us into a whole new way of living and being in this world. By integrating René Girard’s “mimetic theory” and Ernest Becker’s “death anxiety,” Distefano is able to diagnose the root causes of human violence and then offer the life-giving solution in the person of Jesus. Both the struggling evangelical and unbeliever alike can take refuge here, finding in this Gospel the thing their soul—and the disintegrating world around them—is thirsting for.
Brad Jersak, Editor at CWR Magazine, Faculty at Westminster Theological Centre, and author of A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel
Caleb Miller, author of The Divine Reversal: Recovering the Vision of Jesus Christ as the Last Adam and Saving God: Freeing Abba from the Captivity of Religion
Brandan Robertson, author of Nomad: A Spirituality for Travelling Light
Doug Stuart, regular contributor for The Libertarian Christian Institute
Suzanne Ross, cofounder of The Raven ReView and author of The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things
Dan Wilkinson, editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians blog on Patheos
Wendy Francisco, author and animator of the book and viral video, GoD and DoG
Stephen R. Crosby, D. Min., founder of Stephanos Ministries and author of How New is the New Covenant? and thirteen other titles
Matthew’s book, From the Blood of Abel is an excellent book to recommend to seekers who have begun to question traditional Evangelical teachings on alleged God-sanctioned violence, a sacrificial hermeneutic, doctrines of hell and eternal punishment, and much more. Matthew has processed weightier works on these topics and synthesized their salient points into a volume that is reachable to the majority who may have neither time nor inclination to read academic-level treatments on those subjects. In doing so, Matthew has done the body of Christ a great service. I wish I had read a book like From the Blood of Abel when I was twenty-one. If I had, my life would have charted a much different and much more Christ-conformed path, much earlier.
Chris Kratzer, pastor and blogger at chriskratzer.com
James Alison, Catholic Priest, theologian, and author
Michael Hardin, executive director at Preaching Peace and author of The Jesus Driven Life
Thomas Talbott, author of The Inescapable Love of God
So, as Distefano advises, “Take your time and enjoy these discussions. They are transparent and hopeful, refreshingly liberating, and are imbued with complete awe toward the goodness of the Creator and her creation.”
Julie Ferwerda, author of Raising Hell
Charles Watson Sr., author of Hell In a Nutshell
Adam Ericksen, Education Director at The Raven ReView and blogger at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement on Patheos
Michael Hardin, Executive Director at Preaching Peace and author of The Jesus Driven Life
Rev. David R. Froemming, ELCA pastor and author of Salvation Story
Anthony W. Bartlett, author of Virtually Christian and Pascale’s Wager
Eric Alexander, founder of Jesism
Chris Kratzer, pastor and blogger at chriskratzer.com
Daniel Skillman, husband, father, counselor, writer, teacher, speaker, sinner, saint, singer, survivor, follower of Jesus
John E. Phelan, Jr., Senior Professor of Theological Studies, North Park Theological Seminary
Eric Reitan, Oklahoma State University
If you’re looking for a cheery, always-uplifting devotional, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Not that Devoted As F*ck won’t uplift and renew your spirit at times, it’s merely that the goal of this book is not to make you feel good. Instead, it is an irreverent look at today’s version of Christianity that is meant to shake you to your core. Sometimes cheeky, other times profound, but mostly in your face, Distefano has constructed the perfect devotional for the spiritual misfit who doesn’t quite fit the cookie-cutter mold.