Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church

Title of book or publication
Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church
Andy Doyle
Church Publishing Inc
Month and Year of Publication
August 2017
Description or summary
Recognizing that inside the church we are constantly and consistently reading the gospels through the lens of preserving our own institution and structure, Andy Doyle, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, is reframing the conversation to help us hear the critique Jesus offers in his own day and his emphatic call to change as a message directed at each of us, rather than one we should direct towards others.

In Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church Doyle flips the script of familiar Bible stories. He invites readers to consider Jesus’ call to “create a new order out of God’s very nature of love: the challenge to enter the lives of our neighbor, to be neighbor, to venture into the wilderness where God is present, and to be converted into communion with God” and what that means in terms of our own behavior.

Through stories such as the Widow’s Mite, the Rich Young Ruler, the Destruction of the Temple, and others, Doyle challenges us to change the lens we use to read scripture, while also examining our relationship with God in Jesus Christ. “The way forward is back into the mission field,” writes Doyle. “The way forward will require a shift in the way we think about relationships with Jesus and others. We must change how we, as church leaders relate to God, and how the church as a whole relates with God, and how the people of outside of our congregations relate with God.”

C. Andrew Doyle is the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Author of “Unabashedly Episcopalian” and “A Generous Community,” he summarizes his autobiography in six words: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage; still walking.” Doyle and his wife, JoAnne, live in Houston and have two daughters.

“Jesus Heist” can be ordered through Church Publishing Incorporated at 800.242.1918 or at, any Episcopal, religious, or secular bookstore, or through any online bookseller.

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