Ordinary Radicals

Watched “Ordinary Radicals” tonight. I know it’s a few years old now, but I hadn’t previously had a chance to watch it. A very well done documentary by Jamie Moffett, “Ordinary Radicals” chronicles the “Jesus For President” book tour for the book of the same name by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw.

The tour (and the book) hit on a deeper level some of the things said by Shane in his previous book, “Irresistible Revolution”, which he expounded on more in “Jesus For President”, and it reminded me about the wonder and simplicity of the Gospel message, and Jesus’ call to love others. And while Shane lives in the community he helped start called The Simple Way, he makes his own clothes, grows his own food, and drives a veggie bus, it’s a great reminder that you don’t have to grow out dreads or live communally to make an impact on your surroundings, live intentionally, and love unconditionally.

Some might find Shane, Simple Way, and their circles as too political or wrapped up in some “hippie” movement, but that’s not at all the case. It’s safe to say that Shane’s speaking, as well as his books, have meant more to me over the last 5 years than anything else I’ve read, studied or heard, outside the Bible.

If you haven’t seen this documentary, or read one of Shane’s books, do yourself a favor and seek out his stuff. You won’t regret it.

Shane Claiborne & The Simple Way

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