The Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

I guess I could have given the text the benefit of the doubt, and at least finished it — but I had an issue with the position that Sweet & Viola put Christ. Too many times I felt that they read the supremacy of Christ in place of Christ’s being seated at the right hand of the Creator, God.

I truly do support the argument that the church today has put Christ in her peripherals, and she may wrongly put other matters in place of her, but I would argue that Christ came that we (humankind) would ultimately worship the Creator (who is Christ).
This is a fine line, I understand that, but it is Christ who intercedes for us IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD (Hebrews 9:24). God ought be the church’s focal point. All things are in God. Where do we draw the line? Do we draw the line? Are we truly to see the grand narrative as pointing to Christ … or should His story cause His creation to worship Him?
Any thoughts?
*This book was free with my promise to post an unbiased review.

4 thoughts on “The Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola”

  1. Is this meant to be a review? Because your statements and questions do not make sense to someone who has not read the book – say, someone who is looking to read a review of the book before purchasing.

    This is coming from someone who does not agree with Leonard Sweet on many topics…

  2. Thanks Shawn – The commentary on Viola’s book was composed prior to Brave Reviews having any sort of guide established for our book reviews.

    It was written some time ago. I had a lot of trouble with Viola’s book and I seldom have issues with a text (I always try to see the best in a book). I’m going to suppose that my issues with what I was reading were what caused me to remain so hush on the text.

    I can remove the commentary from the website if you’d suppose I do that.

    Have you read this text already – or were you here looking for insight on the book?

    1. I came across this via the site’s Twitter feed. Sorry if my comment came off as harsh – I didn’t mean for that tone. I have not read the book, but I feel that many who read book reviews have not read the book being reviewed, and are seeing if they are interested. So your concerns/questions may be valid – but the review offers no context for them. I just suggest explaining the thesis of the book more clearly, and then expressing thoughts/objections.

      1. Shawn –
        I completely resonate with what you’re saying, and I have since completely revamped the approach that I have to books for reviews. Check out my more recent reviews.

        I’ll make it a point to revisit this text when I am able to. I need to do that with all of my older posts, actually.

        What have been your struggles with what Len and/or Frank write? Have you found any of their texts worth reading?

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