Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

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Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus. By Michael B. Curry. (New York: Morehouse, 2013, Pp. xvi, 144. $18.00.)

If you have ever had the privilege of hearing Bishop Michael Curry (Diocese of North Carolina) preach, then you know what a gift he has for sharing God's Word. While one might wish for this book to be a video or at least an audiobook, thankfully, it turns out texts are mighty powerful too. Curry writes as he speaks, and so the flavor of his style and his passion for the Good News come through on the printed page.

The title of the book comes from a sermon Curry preached at the General Convention in which he said the world needed more "Crazy Christians," more people willing to go out and boldly proclaim the Good News of God in Jesus Christ: "Crazy enough to follow the radical way of the Gospel. Crazy enough to believe that the love of God is greater than all the powers of evil and death" (9). The book then takes us through ten years of sermons preached at diocesan conventions in North Carolina from 2001 to 2011. While these texts were crafted for a particular time and place they are no less applicable to all Episcopalians, to all who desire to follow Jesus.

These sermons are remarkable-not just because they call us to a new way of being church and of being faithful people in the world. Curry's style is open and engaging. One feels as though one gets to know him through his sermons, and not just his polished professional self. …

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