Jesus of the East: Reclaiming the Gospel for the Wounded

Book, 2020, 256 pp
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Why does our theology of salvation focus on forgiving sinners, but not on healing those wounded by sin?

Much of Western Christianity has subdued the narrative of Jesus as a Palestinian Jewish healer and liberator who served the sick and oppressed. But the Jesus of the Gospels is a revolutionary who stands with the sinned against, the wounded, and the marginalized. In Jesus of the East, author Phuc Luu re-narrates the life of Jesus to show how he made it his work to topple systems that privileged the few and disregarded the many, especially the poor and lowest.

Luu offers a counter-narrative to Western Christianity, which for centuries has legitimized colonization and violence to prop up the powerful at the expense of the masses. Pulling from the tradition of the early Eastern church, the present work of theologians of the oppressed, and Luu's own experiences as a Vietnamese immigrant, Jesus of the East offers a transformative vision of healing for the world.

For those living in the land between pain and hope, Luu's prophetic words will renew our imaginations and draw us closer to the heart of God.

"Integrates deep research with personal narrative, creating a compassionate theology as inspiring, skillful, and accessible as a great work of art or a grand poem.” - Randy Woodley, distinguished professor of faith and culture at Portland Seminary of George Fox University and author of Shalom and the Community of Creation

“In this book we glimpse Phuc Luu as he wrestles his Christian faith away from the colonizer’s grasp. Luu invites us to trust in a God who offers healing to a wounded world.” - Isaac Villegas, pastor at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship

“Moving, thought-provoking, and transformative.” - Andrew Sung Park, professor of theology and ethics at United Theological Seminary and author of Triune Atonement

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