How The Subversive Nature of Jesus Uplifts the Poor

Missions Pulse, with guest: Craig Greenfield

Craig Greenfield on How The Subversive Nature of Jesus Uplifts the Poor

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The driving force of our conversation is based on Luke 4:18-19. The Message says it this way:

God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce, ‘This is God’s year to act!’

Mother Teresa’s words expose the pervasive and passive social sentiment of our time: “Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.”

Then, in his book, Subversive Jesus, Craig Greenfield writes, “Jesus was not some nice, polite do-gooder. He was not an American pastor who preached personal responsibility, good citizenship, respectability, and American values. He was the opposite. He was a controversial, radical troublemaker who challenged the status quo and the religious establishment, all the while embodying a wild and untamable love for the vulnerable and broken. He came to inaugurate the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. He came to subvert the world as we know it.” 


In this episode of Missions Pulse, David Joannes interviews Craig Greenfield about how the subversive nature of Jesus uplifts the poor. Craig is a storyteller and inspirational speaker, and the founder and director of Alongsiders International.

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Links mentioned in this show:

Craig Greenfield on Facebook

Craig Greenfield on Twitter (Cambodia)