Archives For Erwin Mcmanus

Here we go….woooooooo

1. Calvary Chapel Jupiter – I’m really liking this CD and trying to listen enough that this one becomes one I don’t need the lyrics for

2. Paul Baloche – God Saves (I got a hold of a pre-release…uh wow…its awesome…kinda how I felt with matt redmans last CD. It was not something I expected sound wise)

3. Michael Neale – No Greater Audience (yeah I know it’s been in my top for a month now….there is probably a good reason though.)

2. Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker (listening to some of my faves this week….this CD is brilliant)

1. Tori Amos – Under the Pink (nuff said…one of the best Cd’s of all time)

How bout you all…whats your top 5?

The Barbarian Way: 2 out of 4 stars
Erwin Raphael Mcmanus

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 10, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0785264329
ISBN-13: 978-0785264323

I was pretty excited about reading this book. After hearing and reading great reviews of it and Mcmanus being on the cusp of the “emerging” church I thought this would be a good one.

Sadly I wasn’t very impressed with it. I like the concept, but i think the title is a big issue. He calls for us to go back to our barbarian form of Christianity. The only problem with that is the def of a barbarian is:

bar·bar·i·an [bahr-bair-ee-uhn] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation –noun

1. a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.
2. a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.
3. (loosely) a foreigner.
4. (in ancient and medieval periods)

a. a non-Greek.
b. a person living outside, esp. north of, the Roman Empire.
c. a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization.
5. (among Italians during the Renaissance) a person of non-Italian origin.

–adjective

6. uncivilized; crude; savage.
7. foreign; alien.

I don’t think this is exactly what he was going for. I think we do need to be a people much like the original church fathers and like John the baptist. Not necessarily barbarians, but more so zealous for Christ and zealous for the furthering of His kingdom.

There are some great points in this book. The closer we are to Christ the harder the sacrifice.

The big issue is while there are great points if you took out the unneeded repetition you are left with a 40 page book.

I do recommend this book because the points he does make I think are dead on about starting a new fire in the church with creativity and openness and zealousness. Just keep in mind that you may find yourself jumping over sections.

It’s been a while with my being out of town and uh….life…but make sure you let me know what your listening to right now.

1. Smashing Pumpkins –  Zeitgeist (welcome back Corgan…awesome CD and corgan does everything on it but the drums)

2. Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes (vintage coolness)

3. Brian Doerksen – Holy God (I keep coming back to this CD. the heart of the King is in this one)

4. PFR – Pray for Rain (What an awesome CD. these guys wrote some of the best christian music has ever had)

5. Brian and Jenn Johnson – We believe why are you reading this…get on itunes and buy this CD already)

Well after having a busy week last week with work, church, birthday, family and sackcloth I didn’t do my weekly top 5. SO here is this weeks.

What are yours this week

1. Under the pink – Tori Amos (I love this CD. She is one of the best song writers there is…such emotion)

2. We Believe- Brian and Jenn Johnson (What an amazing CD..Can’t get enough of this one)

3. Melon collie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins (one of my top 10 all time favs…)

4. All of the Above – Hillsong United (I can’t get enough of this CD. It is non stop coolness)

5.  Live Unplugged – Jeremy Camp (this is such an amazing CD. His wife sings on it and you can just feel everything he has gone through with his 1st wifes deat. Amazing)