Bound Together by Chris Brauns

Bound Together

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Today I’d like to ask you a few theological questions.

  • Have you ever struggled to understand the concept of original sin, wondering why the sins of Adam and Eve are transmitted onto the entire human race?
  • Do those Old Testament verses about iniquity being passed down from generation to generation confuse you?
  • Do you understand, from an intellectual perspective, how the Gospel works – that is, how can the sacrifice of one man, Jesus Christ, can take away the sins of the world?

If so, put Bound Together – How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices by Chris Brauns on your list of books to read!

In Bound Together, Chris Brauns uses a metaphor called “the principle of the rope” and a concept called solidarity to explain how we are all bound together – and how everything we do impacts one another, for better of for worse.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part, Understanding The Principle Of The Rope, provides a biblical basis for “the principle of the rope.” It addresses the doctrine of original sin, and explains why Adam’s sin was transmitted to us. Likewise, it explains how the good news of the gospel applies to everyone. It also explains how the concepts of generational sin and individual responsibility for one’s own action tie into this concept.

Part Two, Applying The Principle Of The Rope, uses examples from the Bible and from our lives to help us to better understand and apply these principles. Chris examines how we are bound together in marriage and in families, and discusses the impact of radical individualism on American culture, versus the biblical emphasis on community.

This is one of the few books that I have come across that specifically addresses these topics, and I appreciated Chris’s efforts to explain challenging theological concepts in such an accessible and memorable way. Bound Together will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Christian faith.

About Chris Brauns

Chris Brauns

Chris Brauns, MDiv, DMin, is the senior pastor at the Congregational Christian Church of Stillman Valley, IL. He has written several other books, including Unpacking Forgiveness and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search.

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  1. The book sounds interesting. I think I already understand the answers to those questions but it would be a good read. Caught my attention anyway

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