Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices
“'The rope of the gospel is stronger than the rope of original sin.' With these and many other helpful words, author Chris Brauns explores a dimension of life we all crave—communal ties to God, others, and our Savior. I recommend this book to those who see themselves as having these meaningful and enriching ties and those who wish they did. Both will profit from Chris's deep dive into truth—a truth our culture, churches, and selves so desperately need.”See All
author, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything
“Chris Brauns has done a masterful job of explaining the truth and its implications of the principle of solidarity—what he calls 'the principle of the rope.' His treatment of all humanity's solidarity with Adam in his sin and the solidarity of all believers with Christ is especially helpful, but the entire book is a masterpiece that will help us understand some of the interpersonal relationships we deal with every day. I highly commend Bound Together.See All
author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“No man is an island. But it takes a bold writer to try to convince our hype individualistic age. Chris Brauns sketches out a recovery plan informed by God's Word that will help us rebuild the relations so vital to human flourishing and so often forsaken today.”See All
Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Young, Restless, Reformed
“In Bound Together, Chris Brauns cleverly unpacks two key theological concepts—union with Christ, and original sin—and manages to explain them in a way that any reader can understand. Highly recommended.”See All
Westminster Seminary California; author The Christian Faith
Source: Omaha Bible Church
We are not just isolated individuals. Instead, our lives are woven together with others. We have solidarity with other people—the choices one person makes affects the lives of others, for good and for bad.
Because much of the pain we endure in life is in the context of relationships, this truth often strikes us as unfair. Why should a child suffer because of the choices of his parents? And on a grander scale, why do we all suffer the curse of Adam’s sin? Why should anyone be judged for someone else’s sin?
In Bound Together, Chris Brauns unpacks the truth that we are bound to one another and to the whole of creation. He calls this, “the principle of the rope.” Grasping this foundational principle sheds new light on marriage, the dynamics of family relationships, and the reason why everyone lives with the consequences of the sins that others commit. Brauns shows how the principle of the rope is both bad news and good news, revealing a depth to the message of the gospel that many of us have never seen before.
Includes a Foreword by Michael Wittmer