Jesus Got His Hands Dirty. What About You? Jesus did not share the gospel with the poor, profane, and rebellious where they lived just so that we would share it only with the prim and proper, in churches. He did not suffer the agony of the cross so that we would live safely within the church walls, untouched by the hurting world around us. He was not raised from the dead to new life so that we would keep ourselves, His message, and His power out of reach of the people who need it. Jesus got His hands dirty, interacting with a messy world to reach those He loves. Today, our church services, music, look, attitudes, and actions are all are so clean and proper, it's hard for anyone to be touched by them. In trying to be clean, we have forgotten how messy life can be. To be effective for Him, we must start serving as He did, where life is messy. Dirty Christians is a call for the people of Christ to... Leave the safety of the church to venture out into the messiness of the real world of people with deep hurts, serious issues, and torn apart lives, and love them as He did Chase after the life of service and love-the standard to which He has called us Discover in the messiness of serving God why being Christlike cannot be an option, but must be a necessity Experience the power of God as never before as we do what Jesus did and love as He loved Dirty Christians is not a "let's feel good about ourselves" kind of book. If you're up for the challenge to live Jesus out to this world, read it...and see what God can do through you when you dare to live out a messy faith. A native of southeastern Michigan, Daniel Brown lives in South Alabama where he and his wife, Debbie, pastor Anchor Assembly of God in Bayou La Batre. The father of two, and grandfather of five (so far), Daniel encourages Christians to get a little dirty while serving. He is currently working on his next book, Crude Church. www.dirtychristians.org Follow us on Twitter @dirtychristians Like us on Facebook at dirtychristiansministries"
A Trip to Niagara; or, Travellers in America, a three-act comedy, opened at New York's Bowery Theatre on November 28, 1828, for a long run. Scripted and later published by William Dunlap (1766-1839), the so-called "father of the American stage," this play offers a bounty to theater historians, dramatic critics, and all those interested in the American culture during Dunlap's lifetime. This study explores the Bowery, the play's moving diorama, the text, and the playwright, and emphasizes their interrelationships. This analysis of A Trip to Niagara as a theatrical event joins hands with dramatic criticism. An annotated transcript of the play is helpfully provided in the appendix of the book. This study contends that had there been no moving diorama, there would have been no play. Since William Dunlap called his text a "running accompaniment," it should be analyzed in terms of this function. The play's few critics have failed to do this. Hence, the interplay of the moving diorama (and conventional scenic backdrops) with the plot and characters comprises another significant segment of this study. This book makes significant contributions to studies of antebellum American theater, the Nationalist Period in American culture, and William Dunlap.
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