The Upside-Down Kingdom

The Upside Down Kingdom An intriguing study of the kingdom of God in the Gospels Donald B Kraybill says social religious and economic practices of the dominant culture usually favor the rich powerful prestigious Jesus o

  • Title: The Upside-Down Kingdom
  • Author: Donald B. Kraybill
  • ISBN: 9780836192360
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • An intriguing study of the kingdom of God in the Gospels Donald B Kraybill says social, religious, and economic practices of the dominant culture usually favor the rich, powerful, prestigious Jesus, on the other hand, favors those who suffer at society s margins and fall between the cracks Winner of the National Religious Book Award Best Religious Book of the Year ReAn intriguing study of the kingdom of God in the Gospels Donald B Kraybill says social, religious, and economic practices of the dominant culture usually favor the rich, powerful, prestigious Jesus, on the other hand, favors those who suffer at society s margins and fall between the cracks Winner of the National Religious Book Award Best Religious Book of the Year Revised and updated.

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    1. The kingdom of God can be elusive of simple definition It is often something very hard to explain It is understood, evidenced in practice, quite differently across the Christian community In his book, The Upside Down Kingdom, Donald Kraybill takes up the challenge of explaining the kingdom Apparent by his title, Kraybill offers that the kingdom is a realization that stands in stark contrast to the common ways of this world It is most often the exact opposite of how we assume a rulership to funct [...]


    2. The Upside Down Kingdom is an incredibly challenging book, highlighting a lifestyle of service that leads to costly discipleship A must read for all who claim to follow Jesus, especially those in paid ministry.


    3. The Upside Down Kingdom was one of those books that influenced me before I even read it It was released in 1978 and has been updated numerous times recently a line by line edit, in fact Today, it is still just an important as the chasm of income inequality grows, the stratification of society, and perpetual war looms.It is an old favorite of many in the Brethren in Christ And it is has helped form much of our Anabaptist understanding of the world It is a call to counter cultural living It is a g [...]


    4. This book is absolutely fabulous I may not agree with the author about everything he said, but he brought up many good points and it was very convicting So the question is, am I living in the upside down Kingdom or am I just a pharisee




    5. This is a book from the evagelical tradition It is a must read for any orgnizer working with a pentacostal church


    6. In this book, the author confronts us with the fact that we often don t take Jesus and His message seriously Like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus day, we are good at finding ways to soften the radicalness of Jesus teaching to fit better with our culture and make us comfortable with it Kraybill looks in detail at Jesus teaching about God s Kingdom In particular, he focuses on what Jesus s words and actions say with respect to power, religion, and wealth In all these areas and , he shows how [...]



    7. On my second reading of this, I conclude that this recent classic is perhaps the best, single, lay introduction to the way of the cross Because it wonderfully avoids denominational particulars, political trendiness, and academese, I could put this book in the hands of many folks without worrying about distracting side issues It sticks to scriptural arguments and anticipates objections and knows the issues It s already setup for group study, too If I could give only one book to a person wanting t [...]


    8. Let me say a few nice things about this book first.The first thing is that Kraybill is obviously a very nice man Second, he has a very helpful grasp of a number of historical details about first century Palestine that I found very constructive I learned a number of good things from him on this count Third, he has a good gift of phrasing a commonplace and comes up with the kind of thing that every biblically literate Christian would agree with, and learn from at the same time That was good.On the [...]


    9. As we enter the new year, and I reflect on what I wish for the world in 2012, prophetic words from the Magnificat play through my mind He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly I am hoping that people will work for a world where the lowly are lifted up, rather than trampled down where the hungry are fed where compassion and mercy win out over vengeance These wishes are part of the vision described so beautifully in The Upside Down Kingdom by Donald B Kraybill T [...]


    10. Tremendous book While it can get repetitive down the stretch it has fantastic insight into the Palestinian world at the time of Jesus The upper class vs the lower class no real middle class , taxes, authorities, the Temple, riots and rebels there is a lot of real information on how this world operated.For Christians it also has a lot of information on the Kingdom Jesus was trying to establish which was a socialist kingdom designed to help each other Go the extra mile Life isn t about waiting to [...]


    11. I was expecting something from this book His central thesis is perfectly fine Christ came to turn the world upside down The problems crop up immediately as Kraybill shows repeated foundational errors in his understanding of the Bible, and particularly the Old Testament He, rather blithely it seems to me, assumed that the traditions of men which Jesus came to counter were actually a part of the Old Testament itself, rather than Pharisaic corruptions of that law From there he proceeds to deal wit [...]


    12. The Upside Down Kingdom is a solid book that shows the range of ways in which Jesus s call is the opposite of the call of the world I appreciated that he interacts with the full range of current Biblical scholarship in order to show theological support for his statements It s not a book meant to convince the skeptic, and it requires at least some previous Biblical understanding, but it s an excellent guide for the honest seeker In the Kingdom of God, slaves are freed, the poor are rich, sinners [...]


    13. This book has been sitting on my shelves for a very long time When I saw that it was on my reading list for the Living School for Contemplation and Action, I decided to delve in I appreciated Kraybill s emphasis on the teachings of Jesus and how very uncultural they are Not only the government, but also the way religion gets around the hard sayings and the split between belief and practice Kraybill didn t say anything that was new AHA momentsbut I appreciated his explanation of some of the parab [...]


    14. Calling this book life changing is a bit of an exaggeration.Kraybill has a lot of excellent points and he s good about backing up his points with both scripture and common sense However, if you ve read the Bible and looked into than just the on the surface stuff, this book is just basically backing up knowledge you probably already have.Solid book Jesus was is a radical for pretty much every time period but modern culture has become desensitized to that idea because he s been white washed Surpr [...]


    15. I do enjoy this book, partly because I strongly disagree with a number of its premises It was required reading my first year at Fresno Pacific University, and the introduction was that some of us would love it, and others would hate it This book challenges people to think about the Kingdom of God in different ways You may not agree, but it s still worth taking the time to read and consider.


    16. Excellent book Do not read it if you want to keep your preconceived notions about following Jesus This book will up end your world Don reminds us that the cross is not just the place of our salvation, it was the result of the life Jesus lived It is the life we must live if we are to claim we are His followers.


    17. A challenging book that will take you out of your comfort zone Not recommended for those who think that following Jesus is about self satisfaction A book that will irritate those who Jesus irritated the rich, the politically connected, the religious Jesus got his just reward for doing that death on the cross.


    18. Awesome Thoroughly researched and presented articulately by one of the world s greatest scholars of anabaptist pietist faiths Reminds everyone that the Kingdom of God looks completely weird and backwards to the kingdoms of earth, and that discipleship is necessarily a kind of lifestyle, not just a belief structure.


    19. Kraybill is not afraid to put down in black and white such uncomfortable truths, according to Jesus thoughts and actions, as War is sin He also explains why Jesus ministry was so insulting to the culture s of His day and acknowledges the challenges of embracing Jesus basin ministry today Much of the book focuses on an excellent explaination of the Jubilee.


    20. It s a pretty good take on what it sounds like It s a little less inspiring than it could be and the attempt to be so at the end is itself uninspired There s some good, accessible historical contextualizing and some useful consideration of what it means to bear a cross A decent read.


    21. This is a book that changed my way of thinking about faith 30 years ago I re read it in preparation for a course His message is the same, but this revised edition draws on recent scholarship and therefore is current and continually challenging


    22. This isn t exactly the most recent book, but it will change how you think I read it in college, so my memories on the details aren t the greatest, but I remember doing a lot of highlighting in this book Definately worth the read, and I still remember it.


    23. This is an upside down way of feeding the hungry It is neither revolution by angry peasants not miraculous loaves from Heaven Rather, those with abundance, those moved by God s mercy, stop hoarding and give generously pg 82


    24. I like the concept of Jesus being something other than the cartoon WWJD bracelet and it would be my impression the author feels the same I found the book very fustrating and would be interested in discussing my fustration with anyone willing to listen


    25. Overall a great book The author sort of repeats himself in Chapter 1 and Chapter 8, but it s still a really great book Every Western Christian should read this book and be reminded of how to be kingdom minded in our post modern consumeristic culture.


    26. Charity that doesn t bring a message of spiritual liberation is little than do gooder paternalism that may only lead new ways of worshipping mammon.



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