The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches on the most-memorized verse in the Bible, John 3:16, one that was such a familiar part of her youth and childhood she feels it deserves a closer look. In those days it was all about believing in Jesus so that when you died you could go to heaven instead of hell. Belief was part of a transaction. But these days Amy’s faith is not transactional, it’s transformational; it’s about becoming a whole new person here and now. That kind of faith doesn’t only save us, it saves the cross from becoming a cliche.
Will Willimon is a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, a powerful preacher, and a prolific author. His most recent book is: Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.
Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA), the author of Crazy Christians, and recently wowed a global crowd with his sermon at the royal wedding.
Amy Butler is the Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City and a popular preacher, speaker, and writer. Her new book will be published later this year by Random House.
Brian McLaren is a speaker, an activist, and bestselling author of More Ready than you Realize, We Make the Road by Walking, and, most recently, The Great Spiritual Migration.