Sharpening the Cutting Edge


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John Smith

Dr John Smith is the founder and Executive Director of Concern Australia and the founding President of God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club of 35 years.

John has studied cultural anthropology and world religions, he is an author, a business speaker, a teacher and lecturer, a biker, a defender of the poor and marginalised, a lover of blues music, a gifted evangelist, an elder of the radical Discipleship Movement, and a prominent social commentator. He is as much at home talking to business leaders, academics, church leaders, politicians and the media, as he is with school children, university students, the poor and marginalised, and outlaw motorcycle club members.

Sharpening the Cutting Edge is a substantially reworked and updated re-release of John’s first book, Cutting Edge.

“John Smith knows that sacred cows make great hamburgers, and in this book he does just that! He attacks the distortions of Christianity with his prophetic writings and helps us get a vision of what the church could be if it adhered to Biblical principles.”
— Tony Campelo  Professor Emeritus, Eastern University 

“There are relatively few books that are worth reprinting, and there are even fewer books that are worth rereading. Here is one that is worth both reprinting and rereading, now in a revised and expanded edition. John Smith’s prophetic book continues to be as relevant as when it was first issued, and even more so at a time when individualism and consumerism are the order of the day as never before. Sharpening the Cutting Edge will so well in unsettling those of us who feel comfortable with and an easy-going Christianity. It will also do well in comforting those of us who need to be comforted as we seek to be whole-life disciples of Jesus Christ in the midst of the many pressures of the day.”
— Dr Rene Padilla

The contents of this book are dangerous in the righteous sense of the word.  One simply cannot read it without feeling the ground on which one stands being shaken and without being exposed to the holy insecurity of a person who stands before a God who demands more than we currently offer.  A truly prophetic book.
— Alan Hirsch  Author of The Forgotten Ways and co-author of reJesus and The Shaping of Things to Come


Author: John Smith
ISBN: 9780977507054 (Paperback)
Published: 2008
Pages: 260