God Loves the Freaks

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Stephen Weese, 2006 - 152 pages
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God Loves the Freaks points to a serious issue facing the church today -- reaching out to subcultures and those who are considered the freaks of society. The "American Christianity" cult that many churches belong to accepts only members who dress, speak and act exactly the same way. We have somehow turned the church into an elite club where only those who follow man-made cultural rules are welcome. Why is it acceptable for someone to show up in church in traditional Chinese clothing, for instance, but not for someone to have a pink mohawk? The church tries to change the freaks of society, or worse, turns them away at the door. Jesus reached out to those in society who were different, who were outcast -- the freaks. Stephen Weese paints a vision of a church living by grace, in unity; without the legalism that divides and causes us to shun others based on outward appearance. God looks at the heart and he loves everyone, including the freaks. If God loves the freaks, shouldn't the church as well?
 

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Stephen hosts some fantastic clips on youtube that I listen to on a regular basis.
I heartily recommend this man's work.
Best wishes
Miguel Capelo
 

Contents

Who are the Freaks?
10
Why are people different?
17
Jesus was a Freak seeker
25
Legalism
36
Living by grace
49
Giving up arguments to achieve harmony
64
God looks at the heart
86
The acceptance of
97
YOU are a Freak
102
The harvest of Freaks Appendix A Who are the Goths?
112
Appendix B Who are the Punks?
116
Who are the Fans?
118
Christians and Japanese Animation Appendix E Christians Fantasy and Magic
123
Appendix F Christians Playing Dungeons and Dragons
128
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