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A leading evangelical minister and spiritual advisor to America's political class recounts his journey from the religious right back to the simple message of the generously loving Jesus seen in the gospels Rob Schenck has been at the intersection of evangelical Christianity and conservative politics for his entire career. Attacked by partisans on both sides of the aisle, he has been called a ?right-wing hate monger,? the ?ultimate D.C. power-broker,? a ?traitor,? and a ?turncoat.? As a teenager in the 1970s, Schenck converted from nominal Judaism to born-again Christianity and found his…mehr

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A leading evangelical minister and spiritual advisor to America's political class recounts his journey from the religious right back to the simple message of the generously loving Jesus seen in the gospels Rob Schenck has been at the intersection of evangelical Christianity and conservative politics for his entire career. Attacked by partisans on both sides of the aisle, he has been called a ?right-wing hate monger,? the ?ultimate D.C. power-broker,? a ?traitor,? and a ?turncoat.? As a teenager in the 1970s, Schenck converted from nominal Judaism to born-again Christianity and found his calling in public ministry. In the 1980s, he became an activist leader of the most extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement and entered the political mainstream inside the Beltway's religious right, brazenly mixing ministry with Republican political activism to advance his movement's crusade in the culture wars. But after a deep reckoning with the texts of both Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Bible itself, revisiting the lessons Jesus imparted and regaining an understanding of the essence of the gospel, Schenck had an epiphany: he realized that he had strayed from his deepest convictions?that all are worthy of love, acceptance, and forgiveness, and should be free to live outside human judgment and exclusion. Reaffirming his core spiritual beliefs, Schenck today works to liberate the evangelical community from a politicized gospel, and to urge partisan conservatives to move beyond social battles and forsake the politics of hate, fear, and violence. In this moving and inspiring memoir, Schenck reflects on his path to God, his unconscious abandonment of Christian principles in the face of fame and influence, and, ultimately, his return to the abiding beliefs that guide him in his work and ministry in Washington today. Costly Grace is a fascinating, sometimes shocking, and redemptive account of one man's life in faith and politics.
Autorenporträt
Rob Schenck has been in public ministry since the late 1970s. He founded and has directed several influential religious organizations and has written essays for the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, TIME, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, and VICE News. He is the subject of Abigail Disney's Emmy Award?winning documentary, The Armor of Light. Schenck, an ordained minister, serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including P&R Schenck, Associates in Evangelism, Inc., the National Clergy Council, the Advisory Commission on Minority Engagement for the National Center for State Courts, and the Board of Presbyters of the (Old Line Evangelical) Methodist Episcopal Church USA. In 2015, he was named a senior fellow of the Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy at Oxford, and became the founding president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, Washington, D.C. Reverend Schenck continues to guest preach across the U.S. and around the world.