TASTE OF TABLE @ RENEW COMMUNITIES ON SUNDAY 7/21 - SERVICE TIMES ARE 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM We are grateful for the opportunity to run our typical Table Sunday service (Lord’s Table) in Renew’s space to give the congregation down in Berea the opportunity to get a feel for the way we run a service and to get more formally introduced to what we’re doing here at Table. This is a way to get a sneak peek before our September launch! There are two services to choose from (9:30 am & 11:15 am)
And now, Matt Buehrle's review of "The Church of Us vs. Them: Freedom from a Faith that Feeds on Making Enemies:"
Jesus said, "they will know you are Christians by the way you display animosity toward one another." Yes, that's how it seems like the church [at least in America] thrives. Not living for the King and his kingdom, but against "them."
David Fitch, as he has been doing for years now in books like "The End of Evangelicalism?" "Faithful Presence," and "The Prodigal Church" is calling the church back to thriving in God's presence and inviting others to do the same rather than expending energy fighting "the other." If you've read all of the books I listed, you still need to get your hands on "The Church of Us vs. Them" for a few reasons:
1. This book combines all three of his most recent books with more illustrations of how to get past just living the "us vs. them" antagonisms
2. This book is more accessible and practical than his prior books (especially "The End of Evangelicalism?" - which I loved by the way), which makes it a great book to read with others and a great book to give to others.
3.) This book is full of faith and hope. It seems that Fitch actually trusts that God will show up as people sit across the table from one another - trusting that God will be in their midst. I was moved by the fact that Fitch's critique of current Christian culture in America moved beyond critique and academic assessment and into a call to faith and hope that God will be present as we work through our antagonisms.
I can't overstate how important it was to me that faith and hope were oozing out of this book. I'm planning to give it to the core team of our church plant and will definitely have it available on our table for sale at our church gatherings.
“The Church of Us vs. Them” releases on 7/16 and is available for pre-order on Amazon here.