The Jesus Heist

Recovering the Gospel from the Church

C. Andrew Doyle

Aug/2017, 208 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819233516



• Provocative readings of biblical stories, with thoughts on what they are saying to the church
• Listens for critique rather than support, encouraging us to hear Jesus fresh

Inside the Church, we are constantly and consistently reading the gospels through the lens of supporting our own institution and structure. This prevents us from hearing the critique Jesus offered in his own day and his emphatic and persistent call to be and do differently now (Matthew 23:1–12). Stories that will be covered include Widow's Mite, Rich Young Ruler, Destruction of the Temple, Searching for the Lost Coin, Sower of the Seeds, Transfiguration, and the Great Commission.

This book will flip the script of many Bible stories, allowing us to hear Jesus' call to change as one that is directed at us rather than as one we should direct toward others.

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C. Andrew Doyle, ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, summarizes his autobiography in six words: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage; still walking.” He is author of Unity in Mission, Unabashedly Episcopalian, CHURCH, A Generous Community, Small Batch, The Jesus Heist, and Vocātiō: Imaging a Visible Church. He and his family live in Houston. Follow him on Twitter at @texasbishop or catch his popular weekly podcast and Bible study blog at

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