Probably the Best Idea in the World by Mark Greene

By Jonathan Tame 22 Mar 2018

'It has been a joy and privilege for us at the Jubilee Centre to be companions with Mark Greene and LICC along the road of discovering the depth and breadth of God’s vision for true human flourishing – without question the Best Idea in the World. Mark’s perceptive and imaginative writing teases out what this means, demonstrating powerfully that it’s much more than an idea – it’s a calling, a lifestyle, a vision and a purpose that can and should capture our heart and soul all life long!' - Jonathan Tame, Executive Director, Jubilee Centre

'How we love is the most important thing to God, and love is fundamentally about relationship.'

Mark Greene Book CoverAt the heart of everything there is one very good idea – the true currency of our society, the key to all human flourishing and happiness. That idea is very simple.

It is love, actually. Love God. Love one another. Your neighbour. Your enemy.

Simple–but far from easy. As the statistics and prolific stories of broken friendships, toxic workplaces, divided churches, dysfunctional families and lonely people testify. And yet it is a commandment. Not just a good idea, but the most important one, the one from which all the others flow.

With brilliant storytelling and deep theological insight, Mark Greene explores Jesus’ familiar yet greatest command as a simple but liberating framework to help us make decisions that enhance rather than damage our relationships – whether it’s about replacing a dishwasher or managing a team. He challenges us to put relationships deliberately back at the heart of all things.

Full of humour, contemporary examples and research, Probably The Best Idea in the World shows how Jesus’ emphasis on thinking relationally is not only a liberating basis for our personal lives, but a dynamic foundation for our workplaces, our society, and our global community…

… because putting relationships first transforms everything. 

Probably the Best Idea in the World is available to purchase from Muddy Pearl.


Jonathan Tame comments on this new edition of the book:

'It can be hard for some people to get their heads around the idea that simply putting relationships first can really lead to social transformation. Yet that’s the message which the Jubilee Centre and its sister organisations have been saying for 30 years, especially since The R Factor by Michael Schluter and David Lee was published in 1993.  Our mission is to suggest how Jesus’ summary of the law and prophets – to love God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself – is not just for his disciples, but can can be translated into public policy for the benefit of all.

Our friend Mark Greene at LICC was one of many people influenced by The R Factor, and he tried for several years to persuade Michael Schluter – unsuccessfully – to write a more popular version, as he could see how valuable this simple idea was for everyone – not just policy makers. In the end, Mark agreed to write the popular book himself (which is what he is really good at) and Michael stuck to writing about public policy (what he is really good at!).

Today the second edition of Mark’s book, Probably the Best Idea in the World is published by Muddy Pearl (who also published our book Digitally Remastered by Guy Brandon).  We are delighted to recommend it, as it opens up the extraordinary potential for one simple idea to change the world.'

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