Jesus Outside the Lines

Daniel Darling | May 13, 2015


Scott Sauls. Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2015. 240 pp. $15.99.

“Pastor, I’m not sure you’re a believer anymore,” a lady from church told me. This was one of those dreaded Monday morning meetings, the kind where you know there’s no way to win.

I wasn’t going to win with this woman. She was questioning my faith not because I denied the virgin birth or the exclusivity of Christ, but because I had the temerity to criticize one of her favorite radio talk show hosts in a sermon. It was a passing comment in a sermon on fear; I simply urged people to rely less on Rush Limbaugh and more on Romans for their view of the world.

But alas—if Rush is right, then I must be wrong.

Sailing into the Maelstrom

American Christians have too easily yielded to the temptation to conflate their political passions with gospel truth and to confuse snark with winsome cultural engagement. Just check your Facebook timeline. 

In his new book Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides, Scott Sauls sails straight into this maelstrom and addresses a glaring problem. A certain ugliness accompanies the way American…


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