Rescuing Jesus from the Cowboys

A powerful book that gives us a glimpse of a Native American expression of the Jesus way

In this groundbreaking book,  Native theologian Richard Twiss' shares his passion for Jesus as he examines how Native Americans have found culturally authenic ways to follow the Jesus way. This book in an indispensible resource for both Native and Non-Native Christians who want to know how follow Jesus as Lord with all of who they are, especially in their ethnicity and culture.

Here's the a description of the book from InterVarsity Press:

The gospel of Jesus has not always been good news for Native Americans.

The history of North America is marred by atrocities committed against Native peoples. Indigenous cultures were erased in the name of Christianity. As a result, to this day few Native Americans are followers of Jesus. However, despite the far-reaching effects of colonialism, some Natives have forged culturally authentic ways to follow the way of Jesus.

In his final work, Richard Twiss provides a contextualized Indigenous expression of the Christian faith among the Native communities of North America. He surveys the painful, complicated history of Christian missions among Indigenous peoples and chronicles more hopeful visions of culturally contextual Native Christian faith. For Twiss, contextualization is not merely a formula or evangelistic strategy, but rather a relational process of theological and cultural reflection within a local community. Native leaders reframe the gospel narrative in light of post-colonization, reincorporating traditional practices and rituals while critiquing and correcting the assumptions of American Christian mythologies.

Twiss gives voice to the stories of Native followers of Jesus, with perspectives on theology and spirituality plus concrete models for intercultural ministry. Future generations of Native followers of Jesus, and those working crossculturally with them, will be indebted to this work.

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