Is the missing piece to a vibrant, Christian faith in America actually Jesus– the one thing we didn’t realize was missing?
In my upcoming book, Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, I tackle this question head on and invite Christians to return to a faith that is oriented on actually living like Jesus.
In Undiluted, get ready to encounter a Jesus who is determined to turn over the tables of a stale, ineffective and boring Gospel that seeks to escape from the world, instead of transform it.
What are people saying about Undiluted?
“Benjamin Corey has a way of capturing the heart of Jesus and his message… You’ll find in this book a jolt of full-strength gospel and high-test challenge – along with undiluted encouragement.”
– Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist (brianmclaren.net)
“ Benjamin L. Corey is the fresh voice that will guide the next generation of Jesus followers into a more beautiful expression of Christianity. This book may just save Christianity from us Christians.”
— Frank Schaeffer– author of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God.
“In Undiluted, Benjamin Corey invites us into his story and in doing so, tells the story of so many of us. The Christianity we grew up with is often at odds with the Jesus of the New Testament. Thankfully, Benjamin demonstrates that we can have more than a “watered down” faith. With the heart of a pastor, the insight of a scholar, and the passion of someone discovering the radical message of Jesus for the first time, he invites us to re-orient our faith – not around a new system of belief – but around Jesus himself. If every Christian took seriously the themes in this book, our churches would be revolutionized and our world would be transformed. So, read Undiluted, put its vision into practice, and watch as God’s kingdom shows up in surprisingly beautiful ways!”
– Kurt Willems (M.Div. Fresno Pacific), Anabaptist writer [KurtWillems.com] & church planter [PangeaCommunities.com]
“Modern-day Evangelical Christianity is missing something, or rather, someone. We are missing Jesus. The religion being expressed by many who claim the name of Christ is more committed to right doctrine, upholding tradition, and political power than it is about following the person of Jesus Christ. In his book, Benjamin Corey confronts this problem head on and takes a no-holds-bar approach to calling those who claim the name of Christ back to the organic nature of our faith- actually living like Jesus. Through his retelling of his personal faith journey Ben offers a truly undiluted view at what it looks like to follow Jesus- inclusion, community, transformation, living in tension, justice, forgiveness, loyalty, and love- and offers readers a vision of Christianity that frees us from our obsession with dogma and debate and liberates us to truly be followers Jesus. This timely book is a must read for everyone who finds dissonance between Jesus and his followers and are seeking to experience the shalom that Jesus offers to the world.”
-Brandan Robertson, Founder, The Revangelical Movement
“I live in Bourbon country and the top distillers would be horrified if someone dared dilute their masterpiece before taking a sip. Like a fine Bourbon aged a charred oak barrel, the story of Jesus ought not be adulterated by folks trying to make it go down with a little less kick. Corey gives us the full strength, top-shelf, message of Jesus of Nazareth, truly the good stuff. He writes with wisdom, particularly the wisdom to know that he is still learning and growing. I love how he interweaves his journey of transformation from a person mostly interested in exclusionary doctrines to a person heaven-bent on following this God-Man from Nazareth, with biblical insights into what it is that our Messiah means when He calls us to follow. Like Kentucky Bourbon, Corey shows us (occasionally with the salty language of a bricklayer or theologian a la Hauerwas) how he is being crafted into a product worthy of his Maker’s name, all the while inviting readers to put themselves squarely in the footsteps of Jesus. No more bowing to false gods created in the image of “forefathers” by particular segments of American evangelicals or giving in to the age-old temptations of legalism and false piety. As you drink in Corey’s story and savor his insights, let yourself be open to a bit of inebriation in the Spirit and the terribly intoxicating message of Jesus.”
– Justin Barringer, Editor, A Faith Not Worth Fighting For
Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus (Destiny Publishers) is scheduled for release in August, 2014.