Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes – Jonathan K. Dodson

Life these days presents us with unique challenges. With the rapid development of technology, social media, and the ever changing cultural climate, how are we to navigate these times and remain faithful? Our culture seems to be clinging to self for dear life in almost every realm. What does this mean for us as believers as we seek to life for Christ and follow His vision for our lives?

Our Good Crisis answers these questions by giving us a look at the Beatitudes in light of the “moral chaos” going on around us. Dodson looks at Matthew 5:1-11, and sees the beatitudes describing a life of flourishing and purpose. Each beatitude is fleshed out and contrasted with what characterizes our culture, such as self-expression, tolerance, outrage, distraction, and comfort. How do we mourn in an age of distraction? How do we be merciful in an age of tolerance? How can we be pure in an age of self-expression, or seek peace in an age that breaks out in outrage over the smallest of issues? He ends with the last beatitude: persecution. Our culture cherishes comfort and fights against anything meriting persecution.

This book is for all who have failed to live up to the Beatitudes but want more. It is for those who want to mature, but aren’t sure what next step to take. It is for those who recognize the moral chaos around them and want to do something about it. It is for anyone concerned about our good crisis.

Jonathan K. Dodson

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it focused on the need to really focus on the Sermon on the Mount in light of the many present day issues that we face and that our children will face. Our culture can easily affect how we live and think, and so we are in constant need of reorienting ourselves to Christ, and what it means to follow Him. The book also serves as a cultural commentary, pointing out where we tend to fall short of Jesus’ vision of flourishing in this world. It will inspire you to at least dig into God’s Word more, and give you a taste of what it means to navigate through the moral chaos that has become our normal.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is confused about our culture and the plethora of moral options that we are presented with on a daily basis. It is not easy dealing with these issues, but we have Christ and His righteousness, His goodness, His mercy, His grace, and His peace as ours to show us the way.

God unfurls his moral excellence is these stunning statements of blessing. Each one presents the possibility of a world rid of moral chaos. The Beatitudes are a vision of the kingdom of heaven breaking into earth, populated with the meek and the just, the pure and the true.

Jonathan K. Dodson

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